|Forum topic by GMman||posted 11-13-2011 03:26 PM||1413 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
11-13-2011 03:26 PM
Is this the most costly work error ever?......Think about your biggest work goof. Did it cost the company any money to repair? Was the outcome reversible? If you’ve erred in a significant way, this story will surely help you feel less guilty, as your mistake’s associated costs likely won’t hold a candle to the mess one German maid has gotten herself into.
An overzealous – but presumably well-intentioned – cleaner decided to rid a piece of art of a nasty stain. The only problem is that the stain in question was actually a part of the installation, and the maid ended up ruining more than $1 million dollars worth of artwork. Breaking a printer doesn’t seem as bad now, does it? Child’s play!
The late Martin Kippenberger created “When It Starts Dripping From The Ceilings,” which featured wood planks and a discoloured plastic bowl. The intention was that viewers would assume that the bowl was discoloured from water running over the pieces of wood. Only they will have to work very hard to come to that realization now, since the bowl is no longer very discoloured.
It’s unclear whether the maid will be in legal trouble over her error, but it seems as though she either wasn’t following orders or was not trained properly. Like viewers, the cleaner was required to stay 20 centimeters away from the work of art. Perhaps she did not know that, or perhaps she just wanted to go a step beyond and impress people by cleaning the bowl she thought was dirty. Or maybe she just really hates a stain.
What do you think about the maid’s big mistake? Have you ever messed up at work and cost the company money?