In response to http://ceedubb.com/2013/10/bill-is-a-fucking-jackass/:
Bill isn’t the accountant. He’s actually on the company’s Board of Directors. Bill doesn’t think the policy is good for the company. Along with a simple majority of other members of directors. They approve company spending to keep the company operational, but they don’t include any spending for the soda machine.
The other minority of the Board of Directors is outraged. They refuse to approve ANY company spending until the majority approves the soda machine. They refuse to negotiate in any way about getting operations going again until there’s a soda machine–and they point the finger at the majority for stopping everything.
Simultaneously, the CEO of the company blames the board of directors for recent problems. Hoping no one will notice, he systemically creates those very problems, e.g. claiming there’s no money to operate the bathrooms on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors–and paying armed guards to turn people away. (Not recognizing that the 5th floor is actually owned by a separate architectural firm.) The CEO nonetheless rails that the soda machine policy is vitally necessary–though he’s never read it. Because the addition of the soda machine is supposed to be the capstone of his career, as he’s done little else since being hired.
See, it all started when a few employees figured out what the soda machine policy meant. It wasn’t just an “access to soda” policy. Most of the supporters–even several of the chief proponents–didn’t bother to actually read the 2,000+ page soda machine proposal. It was actually a mandatory every-one-must-buy-a-soda-every-day policy. Because sooner, or later, everyone will participate in the soda markets: why not here and now? If a worker doesn’t buy a soda, money will be deducted from his paycheck.
In truth, the CEO of the company made a backroom deal to require soda purchase to benefit a private, local soda distributor, by also banning any one else from selling any unapproved beverages: no coffee, tea, water, etc.
A lot of employees don’t like this policy. They asked the previous board of directors not to pass it; the board did anyway. The employees asked to be allowed to opt-out of the mandatory soda-purchase policy–and they wouldn’t use the soda machine. So, those employees voted in a new board of directors. Even though the supporters of the mandatory soda-purchase policy still flatly refuse to believe that anyone but themselves are actually in charge–or could not want the forced soda-purchase policy.
The common workers wonder, “Who put these jackasses in charge?” As they continue to nominate and vote those directors into office.
Meanwhile, Robert over in Accounts Receivable will happily sell anyone a soda for 50 cents. While the machine was going to charge $1.75.