About two and a half years ago I mentioned in this blog I had done something so stupid at work that I could not blog it. Now I have to blog it because it serves as preface to my most recent stupid work idiocy.
One of my duties at work is to select photo images for our training. I go through our purchased stock of photos and select images of Clients Doing A, and Employees Doing B, and Clients Doing C, etc.. (Yes! I am purposefully vague.)
In one of my first attempts I selected a photo of an African-American employee doing B, and then I needed to find a photo of the same woman in different attire doing D, on a different day. Anddddd... you already know what I did. I tell you I studied those photos; they both looked like the same African-American woman to me. Buuuut ... then my team saw them and asked, who is that woman, that second African-American woman, why didn't you use another photo of the same woman from in the first photo? And I showed them how the hairlines matched, and the eyes, and the ears, and they said, you are on crack, and then I was teased mercilessly.
Thankfully I had also selected a photo of Caucasian Woman Doing A and Caucasian Woman Doing C, and when I discovered that those were again not one but two seperate but similar pretty women, both with white shirts and hair in a ponytail, I sent out a group email proclaiming that I was not a bigot, only a moron, thank you.
So, on to last Friday. I have pretty much been taken off the photo-selection part of my job, so Steve sent me this photo to use.
I sent Steve back a courteous message asking why he was sending me an image of Bill Cosby.
"That is not Bill Cosby. Stop it." Steve replied.
I replied with, "Yes, it is," and attached this image.
"Look at the eyes and eyebrows and lips. That's a young Bill Cosby. Ask our team leader." I slapped that Send button. Steve is difficult sometimes.
Steve sent back: "No. Linda agrees. It. Is. Not. Bill. Cosby. Stop it."
I dragged Gary into it. Gary emailed back that you can tell by the ear, and then I posited this was really an image shot from his other side, and then flipped, so it was a different ear.
Of course, the next Monday, I looked at the photo and it was obviously not Bill Cosby. (Steve had posted the dual photo on his wall so I couldn't help but notice it.)
So today at lunch, I said to Friend 2, "Steve sent me this image, and I think I need to take it to the neurologist, because I was convinced it was Bill Cosby."
Libby swallowed her bite and said, "Oh yeah, we've used that image in our department. People in the testing labs ask us if that's Bill Cosby."
Sweet sweet relief. I tell you. That Friday I'd had my MRI up in the illuminator, studying it to see if I'd had a past lesion that took out my fusiform face area.
Steve is still insisting we use Bill Cosby's doppleganger in our training, but I don't care. I've warrned them.