Today's news has an example from bankrupt Detroit.
A million dollar cheque lay in a drawer for a month, un-cashed.
|Chain reaction of little things|
until the kaboom
How could there be no oversight in place to get a handle on this?
A bigger booboo is that a cheque was needed in the first place.
As of February, electronic funds transfer wasn't available at City Hall.
Anybody who services equipment knows how it goes. A ten cent bearing is a little damaged from dirt. The dust cover on the hub was lost a month ago but no one had replaced it. The owner had skipped a service check. He tends to be casual like that in everything. The driver heard a funny noise but didn't think it worth mentioning. The hub seized. An important delivery was late. The tow truck couldn't come until the next day. An angry customer cancels a big order. The month shows a loss. And so it goes, ad infinitum.
The liberty I have taken with the title can be remedied by reading the back story on "Little fleas have smaller fleas...." Johnathan Swift drafted the ditty and mathematician De Morgan gave it a lilt and made it funnier. There's a second part, too: "And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on.,,,,"
|Did I do that?|