A GUY WHO WORKED at an information technology firm was outraged to find himself overpaid.
So he tried to give the money back.
When his boss wouldn’t take it, he resigned.
The 32-year-old man was sent to a psychiatrist, Dr Vinod Kulkarni, who told a Bangalore Mirror reporter that he’d had several cases like this.
One was a banker who was upset at getting a plum job. “He thought there were several others who were superior to him and felt they should be promoted instead of him,” the psychiatrist told the paper.
WHAT’S GOING ON? A massive outbreak of honesty is breaking out.
This is unnatural, and could destroy modern society, which is based on the noble capitalist principles of lies, greed, self-deception, etc.
My workmates are the opposite. If you got a huge fleet of trucks to deliver all the money in the world to one guy I know, he wouldn’t even smile.
He’d just glare at the rest of us suspiciously and ask: “So how much are you guys getting?”
Surveys show that nobody cares how much they’re paid as long as it is more than their colleagues.
If our boss had any brains, he’d pay us a laughable pittance and whisper individually to each of us that our colleagues were getting only half a laughable pittance.
Wait. I think he DOES do that.
When it comes to salary matters, negotiation skills are vital.
Consider toilet cleaners Akku and Leela Sherigar, named by the UK Daily Mail as the world’s lowest paid workers.
They worked for nothing following a dispute with their employer.
This was surely the worst negotiating tactic ever.
CLEANERS: “Give us a pay rise or we’ll work for FREE.”
BOSS: “Oh, dear, sorry, can’t afford it, mwah ha ha ha ha.”
It took these south Indian ladies only 11 years to spot the weakness in their strategy.
My mentor/ bartender says there are four types of pay packet.
1) The Christmas Gift Salary: You accept it gratefully but wish it happened more often.
2) The Onion Salary: you open it and start weeping.
3) The Letter Bomb Salary: You open it and your head flies off in shock.
4) The Molecular Salary: You open the envelope and find yourself reaching for an electron microscope.
Underpaid folk may enjoy this Buddhist-style joke.
Dad enters son’s room to find him relaxing.
DAD: You should be studying.
DAD: You’ll get a good job.
SON: Why would I want a good job?
DAD: So you can earn a lot of money.
SON: Why would I want to earn a lot of money?
DAD: So you can have a good life, retire early and spend your days relaxing.
SON: Right. That’s what I’m doing now.
To finish, here’s an Asian joke that can only be told in this region, since even mild sexism now attracts the death penalty in Western countries.
Bridegroom-to-be: “So, is my salary sufficient for you to live on?”
Bride-to-be: “Yes, I think I can just about scrape by on it. So, what are you going to live on?”
(Illustration at the top is Shiney Ahuja, an India star looking upset)