Key Accountant comes running into copy room: 1 hour past deadline with an ad that 'has to get in'. Luckily she has been with us for 3 months and I know she does not know what 'press deadline' means, so I always save a few inches for her with a public service spot ad to fill in if she doesn't sell anything.
Acct Mgr: 'Hey!! Sorry I'm late, I have an ad here, that I told the client, we can get it in!!'
Me: 'OK....let me see it, you know you are 1 hour behind deadline, the pressman is coming for the flats in 10 minutes.' (Pause for effect)
I think I can do it, I'll start, but you go to H. (Head Honcho) and ask him if I should squeeze this in in Overtime.
AM: (breathless) OK! I'll ask him right now!
(I get the ad together, a simple car classified. It is done in 15-20 minutes. I put the PS announcement back in my drawer. Phone Rings.)
Me: Yeah? I'm busy!
HH: Did you get AM's ad? Can you do it?
Me: Well, you know it is past deadline, but yeah, I'm already on it. Be done in 15 minutes. But you need to come down and QA it and sign off on the flats.
HH: Be RIGHT there.
(10 minutes later comes with AM in tow)
AM: Ooh! Thanks so much! But ummm....
HH: What?! Is something wrong? Let me see the copy.
Me: There isn't anything wrong, sign off H.
(AM makes a face and sighing and moaning noises)
HH: What's wrong? I think it looks fine.
AM: The photo looks off, could you turn the photo in your computer so we can see the other side?
Me: You mean you want me to take the photo, scan it into my computer and then use Photoshop so we can see the other side of the car?
AM: Yes, can you do that?
HH: Who took the picture?
HH: You thought it looked better on the other side?
AM: Yes, but I was in a rush to get back here with the ad.
HH: Give me that. (Signs off flat) Next time, take the picture you want, and look at your watch after lunch instead of before dinner.