The winter canopy collapse at a local gas station that resulted from an unbearable snow load may have been a result of an engineering or construction error (it was not that old.)
However, that accident pales compared to a recently reported blunder of the French train operator SCNF when it inadvertently ordered 2,000 new train cars that are too wide for the regional stations into which they travel. At a staggering cost of $15 Billion euros ($20.5 billion U.S. dollars) for these behemoths, that must have been an exciting call to make to the boss.
Closeup: Purchasing Agent (sweating & jittery) seated at desk in a cluttered office, talking on the phone.
“Bonjour, boss. Did you have a pleasant weekend?”
“Yeah, so don’t worry if you see some construction workers in your office this morning. I took the liberty of hiring them to open up the ceiling so they can install a fan.”
“Yes, I said a fan.”
“I know the building is air-conditioned.”
“It’s large sir. I just have a feeling you are going to need it.”
“By the way, is your passport up to date?”
“No reason. Everyone should have a current passport.”
“Me? Sure. No I’m fine.”
“Have you ever noticed that math is a funny thing. You can make one tiny mistake in an equation and it just throws everything off.”
“No that’s everything, except.”
“Well, I was wondering. Is your life insurance policy paid up?”
“Sure boss, I’ll see ya later.”