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April 12, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Waiting room rules

Waiting1Waiting Josh Zerin points writes:

While waiting to take a drug test, I noticed this sign in the waiting room that states


No Eating
No Drinking

In this area

However, the receptionist offers you a glass of water (which you are apparently not allowed to drink) while you're waiting.


ah, but "this area" clearly refers to the area behind the sign. unless you are over 6'2 in which case it is the area from which you could touch the sign using a stick 6.307 times the length of your thumb.

Posted by: gmangw at April 12, 2006 12:12 AM

i love it when they tell me i got a B minus on my drug test....

Posted by: a guy at April 12, 2006 06:42 AM

What's broken is the idea that everyone applying for a job is guilty of taking drugs unless otherwise proven not to. Just because a small percentage of the population decides to slowly poison themselves, why make it inconvenient for everyone else who takes care of their body (not to mention make a lot of money for the people running these drug testing labs). I could understand if you've been previously convicted of a drug offence or are applying for a job that could affect public safety (such as driving a truck), but to take a test to apply for a job at something like a call center...

Posted by: No Name at April 12, 2006 07:09 AM

Hey No Name...what's broken is that you are a complete tool. How about we bring this site back to discussing truly "broken" things and get off our soapboxes, you f**ktard!

Posted by: Craven Moorecock at April 12, 2006 07:14 AM

Craven.... was that really necessary?

No name's point is perfectly valid. It is silliness for employers to require this, as long as you are able to report to work on time, and do your job well. Unless they start screening for alcohol use, the idea behind these tests is, actually, broken.

On the other hand, it is the right of the employer to set certain conditions for employment. Drug-clean is one of the conditions they are permitted to set.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at April 12, 2006 08:12 AM


I agree with No Name - Drug testing without probable cause is offensive and goes against the principle of innocence until proven guilty.


Posted by: Ryan Mayton at April 12, 2006 09:49 AM

It's a trap. If you drink it, you've broken the rules and automatically fail! Good honest non-drug-using folks will indicate the sign and say, "No, no water for me, thank you! I can follow the RULES!"

Posted by: jbrandt at April 12, 2006 10:48 AM

I'm confused. Not that I'm a big fan of drug testing but I don't see anything in the posting about taking a drug test.

Even assuming that this was a urine test, there are all sorts of reasons to give a specimen other than drug testing.

Did I miss something?

Posted by: Steve at April 12, 2006 11:29 AM

What's broken is your brain if you see a "No eating or drinking" sign and therefore refuse water offered by the receptionist!

Posted by: Alex B at April 12, 2006 12:32 PM

You just look at the water while your waiting.

Looking at it helps you have to go to the bathroom.

Posted by: Bob at April 12, 2006 12:52 PM


Are you sure you read the post? "While waiting to take a drug test, I noticed[...]" What isn't mentionned is what type of drug test this is.

What has not yet been mentionned by anyone is that "No Eating, No Drinking, In this area" signs are usually because they dont want spills of food or sticky bevrages that are hard to clean-up. I have never had anyone object to my drinking water where there is one of these signs.

Posted by: Sean P at April 12, 2006 01:39 PM

This chain is becoming broken. The original post was about the NO EATING.... sign, not the DRUG TEST. If I saw a sign like that on the wall I could open my soda and just say, I am not drinking in THAT area, I am drinking in THIS area. The sign is very abiguous and therefore broken!

Posted by: The Dude at April 12, 2006 03:29 PM

What's broken is that people see signs like "NO EATING IN THIS AREA" or something like that, and say something stupid like "Hmm, well there's no eating in THAT area, but I'M in THIS area!"

Posted by: Jimmy at April 12, 2006 03:52 PM

Sorry for the double-post, but I missed my point. What I'm saying is that no one should ever say that a sign is broken because it's "ambiguous". Technically, all signs and rules are slightly ambiguous, but then cars still get towed, people still get kicked out of buildings, and dogs still get executed for not following the rules. In my opinion, that sign isn't even CLOSE to ambiguous if you were going to try to argue it that way. And like Sean said, no one cares if you drink water in a place marked "NO EATING OR DRINKING", unless it's somewhere where equipment/art/crap could be damaged by the water.

Posted by: Jimmy at April 12, 2006 03:57 PM

The fact the secretary offered water is besides the point.

If people used the brains they were born with signs like this wouldn't be needed. However, if they don't put up a sign some dipstick will bring in a bunch of food make a big mess and leave.

Posted by: so there at April 12, 2006 04:28 PM

Capt. Wafer points writes:

Drinking usually refers to imbibing alcohol. But encourages you to take a drink before your drug test. Burger King doesn't need another moronic Whopper Flopper.

Posted by: Capt. Wafer at April 12, 2006 04:43 PM

Doesn't he see the news? Did he see what happened to those people? Their body got swollen up, including their internal organs!!! I would back out, and you're allowed to back out according to law so there is no excuse!

Posted by: k00ld00d at April 12, 2006 07:02 PM

k00ld00d what the **** are you talking about???

Perhaps you need drug testing!!!

Posted by: ? at April 12, 2006 07:10 PM

I think K00ldood just failed the Drug Test LOL

Posted by: Infinity at April 12, 2006 07:34 PM

OK OK everyone is missing the point!!

The water isnt to drink, its to dilute your urine so you can pass!!! Comon now!

Posted by: Mike at April 12, 2006 08:49 PM

_@_v - drug test fun with friends. slip apple juice in sample cup instead of urine. when filled, loudly exclaim, "HEY THIS IS NOT MY PEE!!!!". pass "samples" between friends who've also fill cups with apple juice and "taste test" them before finally deciding who's pee is who's...

Posted by: shesnailie_@_v at April 13, 2006 07:25 AM

Craven, let me just ask, do you have an intelligent reply to my post or not? Last time I checked getting angry and calling people names are about the same level as a third grader. As an individual, I do have a right to privacy and a right to voice an opinion. And let me just remind you, your post has absolutely nothing to do with the subject of the original post - please stay with the topic at hand. Thank you!

Posted by: No Name at April 13, 2006 07:44 AM

RAAARAHR! Hey Jimmy, unless if you were slightly ambiguous, but what I'm saying is broken cars still get that signs are if you were water. Sorry then double-post, but that a place marked my opinion, the rules is broken. What a place marked my pointing is the rules. In my double-post, building to try following the damaged be out of luck but building isn't even who cares if you drink water! Geez! Sorry.

Posted by: The Dude at April 13, 2006 03:42 PM

$20 to anybody who can translate The Dude's last post.

Posted by: corky at April 13, 2006 05:42 PM


Posted by: mtv200 at April 13, 2006 11:06 PM

Corky, I agree. The Dude's latest post...

...maybe he's a politician, isn't that kinda how they talk?

Posted by: SillyGirl at April 14, 2006 10:20 AM

I looks like a random mix of words from Jimmy's post.

Posted by: EricJ2190 at April 14, 2006 04:40 PM

$20 to EricJ2120.

Posted by: The Dude at April 14, 2006 05:37 PM

Sorry, Eric, I just spent that $20 on some tacos and a rake. You do, however, have my everlasting respect!

Posted by: corky at April 14, 2006 07:50 PM

i smoked for year;s dosent make me a bad guy

Posted by: don at April 17, 2006 10:56 PM

generally, no drinking refers to liquid substances other than in my high school gymnasium it says no drinking, yet all of the players are drinking water

Posted by: el manana at April 23, 2006 10:32 PM

and nobody notices the sketchy self-test drug test application. Who wants to test thier own piss for drugs they know if they have or haven't taken? Broken

Posted by: spacecase at May 3, 2006 08:06 PM

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