Once a year my branch of [ghostbank] has a customer appreciation day. It’s a big deal; free food in the form of hot dogs, candy, chips, and free soda and bottled water. Everyone enjoys it.

Well, everyone but me.

While all of my coirkers are wandering around, going outside to scarf down the goodies and generally goofing off, I’m stuck on the phone trying to explain to angry callers why there doesn’t seem to be anyone working right now. To top it off it was scheduled for a Friday that was also the end of the month – two busy times made extra-busy by occurring at the same time.

If Mr. Boss-man does the same thing next year and schedules our appreciation day for an end-of-the-month Friday, I’m calling in sick.