Bureaucrats running wild

Davis High School (surprisingly, in Davis, CA) has recently banned students from having bake sales  (registration may be required to read the article) to raise money for clubs or charities as they apparently violate federal health laws. In addition, a teacher must be present at all club meetings and charity fundraisers can only accept checks – no cash!

If the bake sale thing is really a federal law, then they have to comply (though the government is being a bit ridiculous). However, the checks only rule is outrageous. Many of the people who contribute money are presumably students at the school. How many high school students have a checking account?

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Bureaucracy

In the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Dr. McCoy said “The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe…” I was reminded of this at work today when I was attempting get a computer account for a new employee. I was told to contact person A, which I did (via email.) He told me to email person B, which I did. Then I got cc’ed on an email from person B to person A, telling him to set up an account for the new employee…

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