For reasons that I now find inexplicable, I left IT and became a teacher, and my next "stupid" story is about my first Headmaster (what you Americans call the Principal)
It seemed that a number of pupils were leaving class before the official bell for the end of the day, and some of them were creating quite a nuisance outside the windows of classrooms where lessons were still in progress. Naturally the conscientious teachers whose lives were thus made more difficult resented this and the Head was asked to do something about it.
His response, given at a regular staff meeting, was to instruct those of us who were affected "not to put up with such nuisance" and if/when it did occur to phone through to his office so that he could come and sort the offenders out. So far so good, but what was the next announcement that he made?
It was apparently necessary to reduce the cost of admin staff, so a number of changes would be made, one of which was that the switchboard would no longer be operated in the afternoons. That would have been OK except that the whole system was manual, so no operator meant that no internal calls could be made during any afternoon - not even to the Head's office as per his previous announcement!