Budget cuts? Welcome to the club

Budgets have been tightened at the site where this IT pilot fish works, and the effects are visible in almost every direction.

"Light switches have been replaced with ones that detect movement and will cut off the lights if no one is in the room," fish reports. "Paper towel dispensers in the restrooms have been replaced with air dryers. Personnel have been consolidated to one part of the building in order to shut other areas down.

"Recently an email went out asking if there were people who were interested in horticulture and would like to form a club. If so, a meeting was to be held on Tuesday.

"One of my co-workers went to the meeting and found out what the meeting was about. It seems the company had severed ties with an agency that was coming in weekly to water plants throughout the building, so this new club was going to take on that task and have members take responsibility for plants on each floor.

"I expect we will soon see an email asking if there are people who enjoy cleaning restrooms."

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