A$$ DIRECTOR? ( sorry, an honest mistake)
November 2, 2007 7:49am CST
As we come towards the end of the year, and nearing the festive seasons - i am constantly reminded of this incident which truly occured when i was working as a secretary more than 10 years ago... But, first - i have a question : What is your 'normal' abbreviation for the word 'ASSISTANT'? In my country - the 'normal' or 'most common' abbreviation used would be "ASST." Example: Assistant Manager = ASST. MGR. Now, the company i worked for had a system where all the 'Business Contact List' is managed by the Admin Dept., instead of each respective departments. Come the festive season, the company would start printing address labels for us to use to send our official greeting cards. One particular year - a new clerk was assigned to prepare and print these labels - Please be informed that we are NOT a English Speaking country - what i thought was a 'common knowledge' apparently was not to this poor clerk - she had typed all the Assistant Managers, Assistant Directors to become "A$$ Managers" and "A$$ Directors"... without the 't'. Being the Secretary to the Managing Director, i had the 'honors' of receiving the first batch of address labels - could you imagine surprise - my boss sending a greeting card to an "A$$ Director" of a client company. We quickly rectified the mistakes - most of the labels had to be retyped and reprinted. - The girl was not punished - it was really an honest mistake on her part - but we enrolled her in a English Language Training soon after. I hope i didnt offend anyone with the title... However,... i would like to know if you had encountered such blunders ?? peace!!
2 Nov 07
I cannot figure out how does she got offered to that kind of job, I mean her related paper qualification and testimonial. That girl was lucky actually. As her honest mistake took her to English Language Training Course without spending her single penny from her pocket. Mistake done fortune come. So far in my work place, I never come a cross that such situation from my staffs.
5 Dec 07
hi goodsign, sorry it took me some time to write back.. well - the girl was 'promoted' from within : production operator - office staff, and she did have an officer who was suppose to check the first draft, before she finally printed everything. i dun remember what happened to her officer (wether he got a stern warning or not), but the girl- she really didnt know what "A$$" meant...