The recruiting department in the company is lauching an incentive-based campaign that blew my socks off. In return for an X number of ‘entries’ the department is willing to give

  • 1-2 ‘entries’ = 3 donuts
  • 2-3 ‘entries’ = 4 donuts
  • 4-6 ‘entries’ = 6 donuts or half dozen
  • 7-10 ‘entries’ = 12 donuts or 1 dozen

Notice what is wrong with the above allocation? The first one is that there is a overlap on the first two entries. The second one is that while the last two are grammatically correct, they are syntactically ambiguous.

Rep: Ah excuse me ma’am, would you like 6 donuts or half dozen?
Person1: Ah, I’ll get half dozen, it sounds it has more donuts than 6.
Rep: How about you sir?
Person2: I would like 12 donuts please.
Rep: May I suggest getting 1 dozen instead? It costs the same anyway.
Person2: Gee thanks, I appreciate the help.

Ok, some might comment that whoever wrote that memo was just being smart in providing an alternative term for a half and one dozen prizes. If that is the case then why not say quarter dozen or third of a dozen on the first two? Not being used enough? It doesn’t matter. Whoever wrote that tried to sound smart but ended up being ambiguously retarded.

Too bad it was sent through a generic mailer. Otherwise I could have replied back.

I’m bored.