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[Balin] Hardly working

Postby Balin » Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:09 am

Why have I, over the past week at my workplace, been intentionally and openly using an item that I know is broken?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby SurfingPikachu » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:59 am

Broken in the sense of spoiled? Or in the sense of too powerful? Broken into multiple pieces? Or still in one piece?
Is the item electric or electronic? Does it contain metal? Wood? Paper? Plastics? Glass? Ceramics?
Are you using the item in its intended purpose? Does the item serve your purpose better when broken?
Is using it a part of your work? Do your colleagues (if any) expect you to use it? To use it when broken?
Do you prefer others to know that the item is broken? And you are using it?
Are there any safety concerns over using said broken item? Is it apparent to casual observers that the item is broken?
Is your occupation relevant? Blue-collar? White-collar? Govt (or quasi) sector? Private sector? Self-employed? Business owner? Employee?
Is the place of work relevant? The location? Is the period being the past week relevant? Could it have been much longer or shorter?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Earnest » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:56 am

did you use the item for the same purpose that he had when he was not broken? Or in another way?

Item--> something that is usually found in an office? Is it meant to be found on a desk? Something electronic? Something like a pen?A marker?A pencil? Was the item broken by someone? Or did it break just because it happens (e.g. it was old, too much usage and so on...)? Had the item been broken on purpose? If so, relevant how many time before you used it, the item has been broken/had break? Months?Weeks?Years?Days?Hours?Minutes? Did your colleagues use the item as well?

over the past week--> so now you don't use it anymore right? If so, don't you use it anymore because it has been totally broken? Because it was thrown away?Because it had a sort of expiration date? did you use it for an entire week?Just some days? Is there a particular moment of the working day in which the item better served to the purpose for which you used it? If so when you need to perform a specific task? At lunchtime? when you was near to a Pc?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Balin » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:49 am

Broken in the sense of spoiled? "Spoiled" isn't the word, but Yes Or in the sense of too powerful? No
Broken into multiple pieces? Or still in one piece? This
Is the item electric or electronic? Yes Does it contain metal? Wood? Paper? Plastics? Glass? Ceramics? Metal, plastics, glass
Are you using the item in its intended purpose? Yes Does the item serve your purpose better when broken? No
Is using it a part of your work? Yes Do your colleagues (if any) expect you to use it? Yes To use it when broken?
Do you prefer others to know that the item is broken? And you are using it?
Are there any safety concerns over using said broken item? Is it apparent to casual observers that the item is broken?
Is your occupation relevant? Yes Blue-collar? White-collar? Pink-collar
Govt (or quasi) sector? Private sector? This Self-employed?
Business owner? Employee? This
Is the place of work relevant? Yes The location? No
Is the period being the past week relevant? Not really Could it have been much longer or shorter? Probably not much longer

did you use the item for the same purpose that he had when he was not broken? Yes Or in another way?

Item--> something that is usually found in an office? I wouldn't say so. Also I don't work in an office Is it meant to be found on a desk? No Something electronic? Yes Something like a pen?A marker?A pencil? No Was the item broken by someone? Or did it break just because it happens (e.g. it was old, too much usage and so on...)? This, but for none of those reasons Had the item been broken on purpose? No If so, relevant how many time before you used it, the item has been broken/had break? Months?Weeks?Years?Days?Hours?Minutes? It's been broken for about a month Did your colleagues use the item as well? Possibly, but assume No

over the past week--> so now you don't use it anymore right? No, I still do If so, don't you use it anymore because it has been totally broken? Because it was thrown away?Because it had a sort of expiration date?
did you use it for an entire week? Yes Just some days? Well, for the days I was working
Is there a particular moment of the working day in which the item better served to the purpose for which you used it? Yes If so when you need to perform a specific task? This At lunchtime? Yes, among other times when you was near to a Pc? Yope
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby SurfingPikachu » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:15 am

Is the item a cash register? Or part of it, or associated with it? Is it a phone, tablet, or other sort of mobile or computing device? Is it an item that is somewhat iconic to your occupation? Or one that many occupations use?

Does the item still serve its intended purpose in its broken state? Or still serve, but not as good? Or outright broken? Or still serve its intended purpose, but in a different way? Or still serve some of its multiple intended purposes? Or serves different purposes now?

Are you using the broken item simply while waiting for a replacement? Because a replacement cannot be afforded? To make known its broken state? To pretend to others that it is not broken?

Do you work in retail? In f&b? As a waiter? Do you relevantly interact with customers while working?

WAG: Do you, as a waiter, use a tablet to enter customers' orders, and the tablet is actually broken and you can remember the orders, but you still pretend to use it anyway because the customers get antsy if they don't see you recording down the orders?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Earnest » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:43 am

so, you are a Pink-collar without an office...do you work usually close to the public? do you work in catering? Food service? In an Hotel? In a bank? Facility management? Transports? Administrative stuffs? Informatics?

is the item bigger than a Pc? smaller? Is the item broken in the sense that it doesn't work anymore at all? Do you use it to avoid something? Do you use it to justify something you are not able to do? Is it a marketing operation? Do you repair such items?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Balin » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:15 am

Is the item a cash register? No, but... Or part of it, or associated with it? ...Yes, it is associated with it Is it a phone, tablet, or other sort of mobile or computing device? No Is it an item that is somewhat iconic to your occupation? No Or one that many occupations use? Yes

Does the item still serve its intended purpose in its broken state? Or still serve, but not as good? Or outright broken? It doesn't serve its purpose at all, but I wouldn't call it "outright broken" Or still serve its intended purpose, but in a different way? Or still serve some of its multiple intended purposes? Or serves different purposes now?

Are you using the broken item simply while waiting for a replacement? Because a replacement cannot be afforded? To make known its broken state? To pretend to others that it is not broken? This

Do you work in retail? No In f&b? I don't know what this means As a waiter? No Do you relevantly interact with customers while working? Yes

WAG: Do you, as a waiter, use a tablet to enter customers' orders, and the tablet is actually broken and you can remember the orders, but you still pretend to use it anyway because the customers get antsy if they don't see you recording down the orders? Very good idea, but No

so, you are a Pink-collar without an office...do you work usually close to the public? Yes
do you work in catering? Food service? This In an Hotel? In a bank? Facility management? Transports? Administrative stuffs? Informatics?

is the item bigger than a Pc? smaller? This
Is the item broken in the sense that it doesn't work anymore at all? Yes, but see above Do you use it to avoid something? Yesish Do you use it to justify something you are not able to do? No Is it a marketing operation? No Do you repair such items? No
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby SurfingPikachu » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:33 pm

Is the item a barcode scanner? An RFID scanner? Some other sort of scanner? A weighing machine? Some other sort of counting or measuring device? A price display? Some other sort of display? A cash or coin drawer? Some other sort of storage? A credit card device? A receipt printer? A bagging apparatus? Or perhaps the plastic bags themselves?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Balin » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:24 pm

Is the item a barcode scanner? This (it also scans QR and other such codes) An RFID scanner? Some other sort of scanner? A weighing machine? Some other sort of counting or measuring device? A price display? Some other sort of display? A cash or coin drawer? Some other sort of storage? A credit card device? A receipt printer? A bagging apparatus? Or perhaps the plastic bags themselves?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Enjay » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:14 pm

Do you work in a restaurant? Fast food?

Just to check: the barcode scanner is broken in the sense that it cannot now scan barcodes?

Do you pretend you are using it to scan barcodes?

Did you break the scanner? Do you want to avoid getting blamed?

Is the scanner normally used to scan items that customers are receiving? Items being delivered in? For stock checking?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Balin » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:39 am

Do you work in a restaurant? Yes Fast food? In a sense

Just to check: the barcode scanner is broken in the sense that it cannot now scan barcodes? Right. More accurately, it scans them but cannot read them

Do you pretend you are using it to scan barcodes? Yes

Did you break the scanner? No Do you want to avoid getting blamed? See previous

Is the scanner normally used to scan items that customers are receiving? Items being delivered in? For stock checking? None of these
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby SurfingPikachu » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:09 pm

Do you use the scanner when in the presence of others? When not in the presence of others? Do your colleagues know that it is broken? Are you pretending to your customers? colleagues? bosses? others? that it is not broken?

Is the scanner used to scan ID or membership cards?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Balin » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:01 pm

Do you use the scanner when in the presence of others? Yes When not in the presence of others? No Do your colleagues know that it is broken? Yes Are you pretending to your customers? This colleagues? bosses? others? that it is not broken?

Is the scanner used to scan ID or membership cards? No

I'm no longer working at the restaurant, but that is irrelevant to the puzzle.
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby biograd » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:17 pm

Is the scanner used to scan some kind of gift cards? other items to be redeemed for free/discounted food?

Would customers be potentially inclined to "cheat" in some way if they knew the barcodes weren't actually being scanned? yet the restaurant is obligated (or feels obligated) to accept the items on which the barcodes are found as valid, despite not being able to scan them? If the customers would be inclined to cheat, is it in the sense of re-using a barcoded item more than once (or more times than it is valid for)? by claiming a discount to which they are not entitled?
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Re: [Balin] Hardly working

Postby Balin » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:56 pm

Is the scanner used to scan some kind of gift cards? other items to be redeemed for free/discounted food? This

Would customers be potentially inclined to "cheat" in some way if they knew the barcodes weren't actually being scanned? Yes yet the restaurant is obligated (or feels obligated) to accept the items on which the barcodes are found as valid, despite not being able to scan them? If the customers would be inclined to cheat, is it in the sense of re-using a barcoded item more than once (or more times than it is valid for)? This. by claiming a discount to which they are not entitled?

****SPOILER****

The restaurant I worked for had a promotion to buy one meal and get another free; the coupon was on customers' phones. I would scan the coupon, even though I knew the scanner was broken, so that customers wouldn't think they could use it again for another free meal.

Nice quick solve.
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