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The Blame

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The finger's always pointed somewhere.

Cover image: pixabay.com

Submitted: May 18, 2019

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The Blame

The Board of Directors were fuming. How could things have gone so wrong in just six months? From a healthy profit the company was now running at a very unhealthy, and still decreasing, loss. A mistake had been made and someone simply had to take the blame.

Product management was the first department to come under scrutiny.

The manager was not having it. “No way are you going to lay the blame on us! We made what you asked for, right down to the minutest of details. Go and look elsewhere for your scapegoat; Advertising perhaps? We make the product but they are the ones that are expected to make it sell.”

The Advertising Department was not going to take the blame either. “You saw the plans. We produced step-by-step presentations, each one getting approval before we progressed to the next. The finished campaign was presented to the Board before it ever saw the light of day outside this company. And what’s more, I’d challenge anyone to come up with a better one than we did. Take your pointing finger and aim it somewhere else, if you don’t mind. Perhaps Distribution, for weren’t there complaints about multiple delays.”

Distribution would take none of it. They pointed out that they could not distribute what had not been produced; that they had got things out to suppliers as soon as the product was available to deliver.

Production had worked full out once the design had been handed over to them. It was not their fault that some of the materials had turned out to be hard to source. During the delay workers had taken a cut in hours, then had worked overtime to attempt to make up for the delay. The fact that there had been some claims of item damage was not down to them. Their Quality Control team were extremely efficient and any defect in production would not have escaped their notice. Of course a lot of damage could be caused in transit if the packaging was sub-standard.

The Packaging Department went to great pains to point out the new constraints imposed on them by the Board of Directors. It was all down to plastic, and the need to cut down on wasteful use of it in wrapping and sealing. No more form-fitting shells for the products, but paper wrapping, and the use of as small amount of it as possible. But still, they had taken those constraints and had made up a packaging that would be protective and would take a reasonable amount of abuse during the distribution process. That was, of course, provided that the ‘Fragile - Handle With Care’ message was both read and taken notice of.

So almost full circle, the blame was being laid at the door of Distribution. “I’m telling you now, any rough handling of the items did not happen here. Maybe you should take your complaints to the couriers!”

And there the blame remained, well almost. There had to be someone that the courier company could blame for its drivers lack of care and attention. Whoever had bought that disgusting brand of coffee had one hell of a lot to answer for!


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