Monday, September 6, 2010

I really should start sharing these types of stories more often

A quick work anecdote that made me and the other proofreaders laugh a little.  Strike that.  It made us laugh a lot.  But first, a little background so that you know where I’m coming from.

I work as a proofreader in the production department of our community newspaper.  We basically handle all the adverts that are placed in the newspaper after our marketers procured them for us.  We either create new ads for our client or we place the ones they send us.  I love my job and in a way it’s more challenging than normal editing.  We work with the copy as well as the design and layout of the ad that goes into the paper.  A lot of the time it’s the copy the clients sends us that has the three of us rolling around on the floor laughing.  There’s a lot of laughter in our office.  Clients can be awesome so very unintentionally.  Which brings me to that anecdote.

We have a client, an electrician, who started advertising with us last week.  We had a very difficult time getting him to sign off last week’s advert because, believe it or not, he said that when he opened the JPG, the image was too big and fuzzy. 

Now this is what I thought:  He does know how to zoom in and zoom out, doesn’t he?  Because I’m sure if he’s got his own email address and, wonder above wonder, a computer, he knows how to make an image bigger and smaller.
 
I really like to try and think the best of everybody but when a client refuses to sign off an advert because he doesn’t know how to decrease the size of the thing, well, you’d have a chuckle too.  The best part, and something that plays a big roll in the story, is that the client confessed to our designer that he can’t see so well in general.  The same thing happened with this week’s ad and this morning the client canceled his advert because he can’t see if it’s the correct size.  It’s a difficult situation and begs the questions?

If he’s an electrician, how can he do his work properly?  And more importantly, how many of his clients’ funerals has he attended?

 Just wondering.

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