from the Are you going to eat that pen dept.
UK gov't desks get tape-lines showing where pens can go: "Cory Doctorow:
Twisted bureaucrats from the British government's 'Lean' project have busied themselves by marking, in black tape, the area of government employees' desks where they are supposed to put their pens down. The Lean programme is costing £7.4 million, and involves many of these bizarre, anal-retentive exercises in treating adults like idiot children.
'The scheme is demoralising and demeaning. Staff know how to order their desks themselves.
'We had a situation in some offices in Scotland where staff were asked 'Is that banana on your desk active or inactive?', meaning were they going to eat it?
'If not, it had to be cleared away.'
(via Making Light)
(Via Boing Boing.)