Sunday, August 28, 2011

Comic relief

I wouldn't want to be on the business end of this guy's humor, but his office pranks are absolutely hilarious! The formal complaint against this graphic designer and notorious Internet troublemaker by his colleague reads, "While I was at lunch David Thorne went on my computer or went on it over the network without my permission and he photoshopped Justin Bieber's face onto all the photos in my personal stock images folder. He did not have my permission and he admitted to doing it. This is a waste of company time and damage to my personal property." (Examples of the manipulated images above, see more here and read the e-mails exchanged between Thorne and his coworker here.) In all, Thorne played 10 rather ingenious tricks between February and August 2011 on the poor man, who lodged complaints about each (read them on Thorne's website here). Thorne prefaces his scans of the official documents, "Apparently after receiving three, you are meant to have some kind of formal meeting between the parties involved but this never happened. According to the rules, if there are five complaints, an external mediator has to be bought in. This didn't happen either and I was quite disappointed. I don't really have anything against Simon apart from the fact that he likes the band Nickelback and has no sense of humour; I just get bored. There have actually been twelve formal complaints by Simon against me but two of those were complaining that nothing had been done about the previous formal complaints so I didn't bother scanning those in." The boredom he professes is what prompted his authorship of a book: "I started writing as a distraction to working in the design industry, which one might assume is a creative field but is actually not unlike any other form of cubicle prostitution. Writing to amuse myself is an escape from filling out time sheets, making type larger and explaining to clients that animated gifs will not work on business cards." Note to self: Never work with David Thorne!

1 comment:

  1. It looks like a straight case of bullying to me, and it is astonishing he hasn't been given a warning at the least, if not fired for misconduct. I wonder if the harrassed co-worker has a claim against the company now.


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