A while back while working as a systems developer at a local council I was given the task of being the department test case for the new PC systems they had decided to role out. Now most people only need a machine which can access email and type letters so simple pcs are really all they need. As I am required to compile code, access backend databases generally run 8 applications all at once I was expecting something with bit more power. Nope I get a slightly higher spec then the basic machine plus the machine is so locked up with the various security rules they had implemented that I couldnt install the applications I needed to do my job.
I called over the tech guy and explained I couldnt work on this PC as it was missing the required software. I had the disks but I didnt have the permissions to install it. His answer "tough thats the rules and we cant change them just cause youre a developer". So I inquired how I was to perform my job if I did not have the software I needed. His answer "not my problem". At which point I decided it was pointless arguing so I got the morning paper out of my bag leaned back in my chair with my feet up on the desk and read the paper. The guy was in total shock. About 10 seconds later my manager walked past and seeing my rather relaxed manor asked what was going on. After a quick explanation that I cant do my job and all I can do is read the paper it took about 10 minutes before the unchangeable rules got changed.