Ah, Bureaucracy!

Red-tape item of the week, reported by Washington Post Columnist Jerry Kluttz:

A Manhattan bank vice president heard about a new job at the Board of Economic Warfare, applied for it, awaited the answer. Meanwhile a BEW official dropped in at the bank, asked the president to recommend someone for the job. The vice president was suggested and hired on the spot.

Days later, when the banker was hard at work in Washington, he got a letter on BEW stationery, mailed to Manhattan and forwarded to his new office. It regretfully informed him that his application had been refused because he...

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