What NOT To Say At Work

There are some very specific things you shouldn't say to your co-workers. Offensive things. Questions and comments that could lead to a lawsuit, or getting fired. But how do you know exactly what those things are? Aside from using your common sense, the Delaware Department of Transportation was kind enough to make this brochure. They also issued an apology when, surprise!, people found the brochure to be offensive.
     Posted By: Nethie - Tue May 12, 2009
     Category: Communications | Government | Jobs and Occupations | Signage | Work and Vocational Training

Great! There's contact info if you have ideas for future Newsletters! I think we can steer them in the right direction!
Posted by qualityleashdog on 05/12/09 at 08:28 AM
Oh, man! That explains why my gay co-worker got angry when I asked him if there was good pay in being a cock jockey.

Thanks, Delaware Department of Transportation. Now I see the error of my ways.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 05/12/09 at 08:33 AM
Oh sweet, I learned a new slur! Hot footer! Sounds like something from the 50's...
Posted by Jmonkeh on 05/12/09 at 09:17 AM
This brochure should have just stopped at use your common sense.
Posted by Matt in Florida on 05/12/09 at 09:17 AM
You forgot Limey, Expat.
Posted by Matt in Florida on 05/12/09 at 12:30 PM
I had to share this, I laughed my head off when I first read it. "Should we order fried chicken or watermelon for you?" and "You know, Wal-Mart is hiring." and then it says "this is not funny" It is, actually.
Posted by Nethie on 05/12/09 at 01:33 PM
"Wow, you are from India! My neighbor
Ashok Shah is from India; do you know him?
Think for a minute … do you know every
American - or everyone who lives in Dover
or Wilmington?"

They actually used a name for this example. But I think it's because it's the only 'Indian' name they know, probably due to their exposure to the Dilbert comic strip.

I also find it amusing that the DDOT admits that 'white trailer trash' is lurking within its ranks... Since 'trailer trash' falls under the 'white' category, is it okay to call members of the other minorities 'xxx trailer trash' since they would have two strikes against them?

And I can imagine the look I would get if I told a client to take their form to the third room on the left, where the 'man with the disability' will be glad to help you.
Posted by qualityleashdog on 05/12/09 at 03:08 PM
Here in Canada, monkeys are fully integrated into society. In fact, most of our politicians are monkeys!
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 05/12/09 at 03:54 PM
this just made me think of the geico spots with the cavemen in them. :lol: never sat 'so easy a caveman could do it.'
never call an insesitive male co-worker a neanderthal
i get the feeling there are a couple of guys working for the ddot who laugh there asses off every day because they got this thing published as a serious brochure.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/12/09 at 05:52 PM
did you spend that week looking for a job where you don't have to work with humorless schmucks?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/12/09 at 10:45 PM
Perhaps they thought that you meant maroon the color. Were you referring to an individual with a severe sun burn? Why are you bigoted against the sun burned, lazlong?!?!?! 😠
Posted by Jmonkeh on 05/13/09 at 07:56 AM
I remember a bugs bunny cartoon where he called someone a Maroon. and I'm pretty sure they used it in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I can't imagine getting suspended for calling anyone that.
Posted by Nethie on 05/13/09 at 07:03 PM
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