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#1 6 years ago

[COLOR=orange]There has been a bit of an issue which has nagged upon my mind for quite some time now. It involves the productivity of today’s world, and the definition therein. For the sake of explanation, we shall follow a noteworthy scenario. The scenario is as follows:[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][COLOR=white]Part 1:[/COLOR] A particular tax service in Luzern is housed within a local shopping plaza. Also contained in this plaza is a pizza place, just right next door to the tax service.[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][COLOR=white]Part 2:[/COLOR] Klaus works as an auditor at this tax service. Within the midst of a long day, he uses his cellular phone to call an order to the pizza place next door, and asks to have it delivered.[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][COLOR=white]Part 3:[/COLOR] A half an hour later, Wilhelm walks the 10 meters from the pizza place to the tax service to deliver the pizza to Klaus. Rightfully so, Klaus is quite pleased, and gives Wilhelm a large tip.[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][/COLOR] [COLOR=orange][COLOR=white]Query:[/COLOR] Despite having bestowed a reasonably generous tip, what exactly did Klaus accomplish by having that pizza delivered when the pizza place was located just on the [COLOR=red]OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL[/COLOR]? Was Klaus being an example of modern efficiency, or was he making himself to be the very epitome of laziness? What are your thoughts on this matter?[/COLOR]


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#2 6 years ago

I personally think it's neither in that scenario, particularly because we don't know whether Klaus had work to finish or not. However, if he did have work to do, I'd consider it modern efficiency, for it'd be more efficient to have ordered a pizza while finishing his work, instead of walking there himself only to delay whatever he had to do.

If it was not the case, I'd consider it laziness. Surely those 10 meters of walking isn't all too bad - it'd even be more healthy.


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#3 6 years ago

[COLOR=orange]I tend to agree with the latter. By law, Klaus is required to take a five minute break every so often. He could have taken that opportunity to walk the 10 meters and back to pick up the pizza himself.[/COLOR]


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#4 6 years ago
Master Lindale;5560687By law, Klaus is required to take a five minute break every so often. He could have taken that opportunity to walk the 10 meters and back to pick up the pizza himself.

True, but who's to say that he hasn't had his break a few minutes ago or so already?


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#5 6 years ago

In a purely economic sense, we'd need to know how much he's making per hour to determine whether he's being efficient by contracting out his pizza delivery and giving a hefty tip, or economically inefficient by not taking 1-5 minutes of his time to go grab the pizza.




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#6 6 years ago

Maybe this isn't a case of efficiency or laziness but more of generosity. If he is prepared to give a tip (customary for deliery, not so for take-away) even though he could easily have walked the distance he may just feel generous.

I doubt that he is the busy kind of manager who can't spend time in a line if he works for the government, so efficiency doesn't seem likely. An exception would be a situation where he has to be present at his work and spending 10 minutes next door might mean that he misses an important call.

Laziness also seems like a good explanation, given that he works for the government. I imagine working for tax services is boring except for that time of the year when everyone hands in their tax return documents. The choice of food also seems to fit to a somewhat lazy lifestyle (no judgement from me - I think pizza delivery services are the best invention since sliced bread).

Or maybe he is aware of how strange this kind of delivery is and just does it for fun. You could call it fascination with communication technology then.




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#7 6 years ago

Kyrillix;5560657I personally think it's neither in that scenario, particularly because we don't know whether Klaus had work to finish or not.[/quote]In addition, I think more questions should be asked. Is Klaus fit and healthy? For all we know he could be wheelchair bound, which would take him longer to travel, plus a little inconvenience on his part.

Kyrillix;5560657However, if he did have work to do, I'd consider it modern efficiency, for it'd be more efficient to have ordered a pizza while finishing his work, instead of walking there himself only to delay whatever he had to do.

If it was not the case, I'd consider it laziness. Surely those 10 meters of walking isn't all too bad - it'd even be more healthy.

This.

[QUOTE=Master Lindale;5560687][COLOR=orange]I tend to agree with the latter. By law, Klaus is required to take a five minute break every so often. He could have taken that opportunity to walk the 10 meters and back to pick up the pizza himself.[/COLOR]

Assuming he can walk. :)




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#8 6 years ago

He's working. He wants a pizza. He has it delivered. Is there a need for a philosophical debate? I'd do the exact same thing. It isn't a matter of laziness, its a matter of not leaving your work while you're working. Which would in fact, be even less economical. For Klaus, anyways.




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#9 6 years ago

[COLOR=orange]I guess that is the very reason why delivery even EXISTS in the first place. :clueless:[/COLOR]


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#10 6 years ago

If he walks next door, he's not going to get his pizza instantaneously and then walk straight back again, he'd have to wait for it. Might as well wait in your own office where you could possibly get some work done then wait in the pizza place.




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