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Stress Manager by senbonzakurakageyoshi(m): 6:01pm On Jan 24, 2016
Segun sighed as he approached the street gate. Finally, he was home, after the absolute hell of a day he had at the office. First, the internet service had been down from the moment he resumed work, the result being that he had to deal with irate customers who, from their complaints, hisses and minor insults, had probably never used the internet before. Added to which the IT department were absolutely no help at all. The senior manager had yelled at him almost nonstop till he felt like yanking the ID card lanyard hanging around his neck, throwing it at the man’s fat face and yelling “I QUIT!” Like they do in movies. Except he knew if he did that, he would probably be broke within a month and homeless within a year. Insults were swallowed, the lanyard was left hanging and the dramatic quitting was put off for some other time.

He had set the alarm on his phone to go off at 6 o’clock so he would shut down and flee his voluntary incarceration, at least for the next twelve hours. For some reason he couldn’t explain beyond it being the work of high level witchcraft, the alarm hadn’t gone off and he only realized it was past six thirty minutes after. He hastily shut down, grabbed his bag, bid absolutely nobody goodnight and took off.

He barely made it to the office gates before he got a call from the senior manager who had left three hours previously. He needed a phone number from a particular document and apparently, only Segun could retrieve it. Thoughts of a dramatic resignation bubbled up again and were quashed. Better done in person. He sighed, turned around and headed back into the building.

The file turned out to be in a folder from an account they hadn’t opened in over a year, meaning he had to dig through piles and piles of more recently used folders, punctuating the task with swear words muttered under his breath and vows that he would never pick any calls from the senior manager after work hours ever again. One hour later, sweaty and his shirt flecked with dust, he pulled out the folder and was about flipping through to retrieve the document when the senior manager called again. Segun had never been so furious at his phone ringing, even that time he told Sade he wasn’t home only for her to still show up at his door and dial his number. What did the man want now?

Segun swore aloud and nearly threw the folder back into cabinet. Wrong document. Meaning wrong folder. And this time, the correct document was from an account that had been closed for two years. That was before he even got the job. This time, Segun didn’t bother about orderliness when searching for the folder. He drew folders out of the cabinet and dumped them on the floor, eyes blazing and sweat pouring down his face, his shirt soaked and dirty. The office was now practically empty and the only sound to be heard was paper being drawn and folders being dumped. Thirty minutes finally produced the folder and Segun flipped through it till he found the document. All this stress just for eleven digits! he mused, furious. He made for his phone to call the senior manager when it started ringing.

The senior manager.

Segun eyed the phone suspiciously. What again? Wrong document? Wrong account? Was he calling to ask him to sacrifice his mother or donate a kidney?

Segun hissed. He wouldn’t answer the call. He would let it ring. Whatever it was the man wanted he would have to handle it himself. He would send the phone number in an SMS then switch his phone off. If the senior manager asked why his phone was switched off, he would tell him his battery died. He started shoving folders back into the cabinet. His phone rang again. He ignored it. Three times it rang, three times he ignored, focusing instead on getting the folders back in the cabinet. He had just shoved the last folder into the cabinet when his phone vibrated.

An SMS. Smart man. Segun considered ignoring it as well but realized there was no way the senior manager would know if he had read it or not. He picked the phone, unlocked it and opened the message. It was predictably from the senior manager.

“Number not required anymore. Was on my phone. Thanks.”

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Re: Stress Manager by adebayo201: 7:25pm On Jan 24, 2016
hahaha laughs... Oh Senbo

what an ages of you here... nice one man!
Re: Stress Manager by johnwizey: 7:31pm On Jan 24, 2016
Ehn.... Diz guy still dey alive shocked shocked
Re: Stress Manager by whitemosquito(f): 10:52pm On Jan 24, 2016
I go kill the manager. C'est fini.

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Re: Stress Manager by Warlord3000(m): 5:03am On Jan 25, 2016
Someone better borrow me an AK47 angry
Re: Stress Manager by Atk01(f): 2:51pm On Jan 25, 2016
senbonzakurakageyoshi:

“Number not required anymore. Was on my phone. Thanks.”


shocked shocked shocked



I'm going to kill that manager! angry
Re: Stress Manager by avicky(f): 4:41pm On Jan 25, 2016
grin cheesy this actually made my day.

Omo, the manager's phone will crash o.
Re: Stress Manager by Alexebo(m): 8:34pm On Jan 25, 2016
senbon !! na you I just see 4 free so?......abeg carry go
Re: Stress Manager by Akposb(m): 9:27pm On Jan 25, 2016
One major feature of your work, brief, concise and reflective of our environment. No need to say the obvious, always looking forward to the next.
Re: Stress Manager by senbonzakurakageyoshi(m): 12:41am On Jan 26, 2016
Alexebo:
senbon !! na you I just see 4 free so?......abeg carry go

lol, na me o! Happy New Year guys! Hehehehe
Re: Stress Manager by senbonzakurakageyoshi(m): 12:41am On Jan 26, 2016
Akposb:
One major feature of your work, brief, concise and reflective of our environment. No need to say the obvious, always looking forward to the next.

Thank you!
Re: Stress Manager by justaqad(m): 10:23am On Jan 29, 2016
This my guy...
Been a while... Can't stop laughing
Re: Stress Manager by Royver(m): 11:56am On Jan 29, 2016
grin
Re: Stress Manager by adebayo201: 4:28pm On Jan 29, 2016
Royver:
grin
you ehn... wetin happen now? e don tay o
Re: Stress Manager by Royver(m): 5:29pm On Jan 29, 2016
adebayo201:
you ehn... wetin happen now? e don tay o
. Abi my brother. Na laptop issues o. To type for phone dey tire me embarassed
Re: Stress Manager by adebayo201: 9:15pm On Jan 29, 2016
Royver:
. Abi my brother. Na laptop issues o. To type for phone dey tire me embarassed
ehya... e go better. God go provide...

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