07 Oct 04Apple Promotes Guy Who Cries All The Time.


Apple observers were disturbed today to see that the company had promoted a guy who cries all the time.

38-year-old Patrick Fogel, who reported cries at the drop of a hat, was promoted from System Engineer to Senior System Engineer despite and because of the trepidation of many.

“This does not bode well for Apple,” said the San Jose Mercury News’ Dan Gillmor. “A company must make promotion decisions based on contribution, not tender feelings.

“Except, perhaps, Hallmark. Maybe all the pansy-assed sobbers get promoted right to the top there. I don’t know.”

Apple managment was not proud of the decision, but felt its hands were tied.

“I didn’t want to do it,” said Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet, “His performance has just been mediocre. But I just couldn’t bear to see him bawling again.”

Fogel has broken down and wept during the “Areas for Improvement” section of his annual review for each of his four years at Apple.

“One year he started crying before we had even finished ‘Strengths.’ I asked him why he was crying and he said it was because he knew we were about to get to ‘Areas for Improvement’!

“I don’t need that again.”

Fogel’s presence at Apple has caused discomfort for more of his coworkers than just Serlet.

“Bertrand just has to manage him,” said Fogel’s peer Tony Perez. “He can practically get away with meeting with him once a quarter. I have to work with him. You never know what’s gonna set the guy off.”

According to Perez, Fogel once wept openly over a series of edits to some code documentation.

“I tried to go easy on them,” Perez said. “But code documentation shouldn’t make reference to your own personal ‘cycle of shame.’ What the hell is that? All I know is it doesn’t have anything to do with OS X system threads.”

Several other Apple employees indicated that after being promoted, Fogel cried at a celebratory lunch thrown in his honor when the restaurant ran out of curly fries and he was forced to have regular fries.

22 Responses to “Apple Promotes Guy Who Cries All The Time.”

  1. Ambrose Chapel says:

    does he cry when he does long division and there’s a remainder?

  2. The Understander says:

    I work with a woman just like this. Kill me now.

  3. Daddy Bartholomew says:

    Oh, dear. I (sniff) wasn’t… first…

    Oh, here I go again… Please don’t watch…

  4. Stop it! Stop crying!

    Awww…. Now you’ve got me doing it…

    Waaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

  5. the7ofSwords says:

    I’m going to cry if Apple doesn’t send me a new 20″ iMac G5 free of charge.

    7

  6. the7ofSwords says:

    7th

  7. working the comments total towards 11 …

  8. MacStansbury says:

    First Post!

    Hah…bite me Moltz. Boy, intolerance is cool.

    OK, off to the mall where I’ll barge in line and look down on people I think I’m better than.

    Not that I think that I’m better than Mr. Moltz, by any means. No, I’m just saying that during his watch knife fights among restaurant crews are up 23%. Ricer cars up 17%. Taxes on sportsbook badger racing up 72%.

    My fellow citizens, it is time for regime change. Crazy Apple Rumors comments section needs strong leadership in these times. We also need cheaper sexbots and a headless iMac, and he hasn’t delivered that yet.

    So I ask you, America, what do you want? 4 more years of Higher Sexbot Prices™, Late Stories™, and Anti-MegaPost Behavior™! No, sir!

    Vote for me, and I will get More MT Spam™, Lower Prices for Comments™, Affordable Sexbots for Teens™. I challenge my distinguished opponent to refute my claims, as they are based on the truth, not some fairy tale and gorilla dust that we’ve had to rely on for the past 4 years.

    Vote MacStansbury in 2004™

    I’m MacStansbury, and I approve this message.

    (paid for by the committee to give this guy something better to do with his time. and Howard.)

  9. Baal says:

    Um, 10

  10. Baal says:

    11…

  11. Dwartz Farquhartz says:

    poor Huck.

  12. bear says:

    Macstansbury,

    At least you’re not flip-flopping. Did Simon and Garfunkel have a song about that? “Flip-Flopping Away”?

    And I really like curly fries!

    And In-N-Out Burgers!!!!!

  13. UhhhDude says:

    I’d be crying too if I worked at Apple, but they’d be tears of joy. (Sigh…)

    Of course, it also speaks to the sensitive nature of Apple that they don’t have a designated Ball-Buster(TM) on staff to straighten Fogel out.

  14. blank says:

    “Affordable Sexbots for Teens™” ???

    You must have missed the video…

    Don’t Date Robots!!!

  15. Huck says:

    What post is this? Sixteen? OMG! OMG! I’m so gonna cry right now!

    *sob*

    The eleventh post doesn’t care, she never waits for me!

    *sob*

    Um, stuff about me not getting the eleventh post.

    *sob ad nauseum*

  16. grey apple says:

    when having the courage to admit a mistake is flip-flopping, while being stubborn is praised as being consistence, we know we live in a truly postmodern world (or, no one know how to read anymore).

    I vote for the happymac to be the supreme leader of my mac life.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Foolish consistancy is the hobgoblin of a small mind.

  18. Referee Rubbers Annonymous says:

    Hot News

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  19. Brother Mugga says:

    I thought my ex was the ‘hobgoblin of a small mind’?

  20. Brother Mugga says:

    Oh, sorry – my mistake.

    She was a hobgoblin *with* a small mind.

    PS: Commiserations, Huck. You can make a play for 99th if you want; I think she’s still free.

  21. Anonymous says:

    22nd!

    That’s twice as good as 11th.