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Sunday, 12 January 2014

DO YOU GET THE MESSAGE?

The sound of silence


Do you know someone who listens but doesn't get the message?

A man applied for a job deciphering morse code. When he arrived for the interview, there was no-one at the reception desk,  just the endless clack clack of the code machine and a note asking him to fill in his details.  This he did, before sitting down next to the other six applicants.

Twenty minutes later the man leapt from his chair and walked  straight into the manager's office.  The other applicants stared in amazement, waiting for him to be thrown out on his ear.  Instead, the manager appeared at the door to say  that the  'intruder' had got the job.

'That's ridiculous,' said the first applicant. 'He barged in without asking.'
'Yes,' said the second. 'Surely we have the right to an interview, too?
'So tell us why,' said the third, as the others nodded in agreement.

'I sent you all a message,' said the manager. 'I sent it in Morse code. If you want the job, get out of your seat and walk straight into my office.' He pointed to the successful applicant. 'He was the only one who listened.'

So now do you know someone who listens but doesn't get the message?




 

5 comments:

Elaineyross said...

Did somebody say something?

Guernsey Girl said...

If they did, I wasn't listening...

dianamj said...

Some people listen but they don't actually hear;-0

Guernsey Girl said...

I think it's called 'selective' hearing! My husband's very good at it but don't tell him I said so....

Barbara Fisher said...

My husband listens but then ‘forgets’ what it is I’ve just said. It drives me to distraction – perhaps I should learn Morse code!!