key-cabinetRecently at work a clear desk policy was introduced to ensure that all ‘commercial in confidence’ material was locked up overnight. This meant we needed somewhere to store the keys, so we received several key cabinets to keep them all safe. One was placed over the Donkey (whose picture featured yesterday), and I am sure some of you may remember that he has a secret admirer.

The cabinet was not very secure, it wobbled ominously every time I touched it.  We all thought it was only a matter of time before it became parted from the wall.  Today was that day and luckily I didn’t have anything to do with it *Phew*.

I am sure you have guessed by now that it landed on the poor old Donkey, who landed up flat on his face (I didn’t take a picture people think I am mad enough already).  He wasn’t quite a dead donkey but he had to have emergency back surgery to enable him to stand again!  I left him greedily eating his carrots to regain some strength.

Then we inspected the wall where the cabinet had been fixed.  The wall did have the required Rawlplug in situ, but it appeared that the screw had actually been fitted straight into the wall underneath.  When we found the screw that had been used to fix the cabinet to the wall it was only 8mm long…  I think somebody needs some lessons in DIY.

This is silly enough for a Man in the Shed SillyWeek post.

8 Comments CherryPie on Jul 28th 2009

8 Responses to “The Demise of the Key Cabinet”

  1. Oh, I’m worrying about the donkey now!

  2. Gallimaufry says:

    When a clear desk policy was introduced in the Highways Agency (to give the cleaners something to wipe) back in the late nineties, a key safes was put up on the wall and everyone was responsible, on pain of death, for ensuring their work papers in trays were deposited in newly-delivered security cabinets when they left the office and the security cabinets locked and keys placed in the key safe. The key safe was locked by an EO when they left for the evening. Of course, in case that EO didn’t come in the next day for reasons of business continuity the key safe key was hidden in the nearest desktidy to the key safe. Well, it (all except the last stage which nobody mentioned) ticked boxes and pleased senior management.

    • CherryPie says:

      We are ’supposed’ to take the key to the key safe down to the security desk ;-)

      We don’t have to clear all our work away only certain things. When I get back from a week off work I see that those certain things have been piled up in one of my trays. Now who is responsible for not filing those away? Not me, I wasn’t there ;-)

  3. locked keys and loose screws…hmmm

  4. jameshigham says:

    I’m open-mouthed at the adventure you seem to have there, Cherie.