How to React to Bad News That the Person Telling You Thinks is Good News

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Given Rick's life, I'm guessing a promotion with no pay might still be a wise choice...

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArekExcelsior

Good grief! How is it possible that Rick could be this oblivious?

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermensch1379

Golden comic in panel 1 & 4! Can't believe you still have a reserve of comedy even after all this time Scott! Very well done!

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

What does Ric do for a living? Not real Ric, comic Ric.

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Oh, my... another one that's both funny and sad with how close-to-home it hits. I think that I am a VP! D'oh!

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Well, Scott, I am on disability, so, um, there.

But then I have to deal with society's attitudes about SAHDs. I am a Very Important Victim Pariah... a VIVP!

Yes, I'll take a blank stare and an uncomfortable pause. I'm used to it.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

Somehow I have a feeling this promotion is just lip service for Rick. He's worked at a dead end job for years so they create a new position in order to give him a "promotion". Sounds like something they'd do in Scott's office, lol.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Whose actual workplace experience is represented by this comic? Perhaps everybody's? (On at least one occasion.)

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I believe the job title is 'lackey', and the promotion is just being the lackey of someone higher up the pecking order...

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterqwerty

Hey, I think Rick just got my old job. My new one has even more responsibilities for the same pay! Someday he'll catch up to me.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

"A better man would have avoided it somehow."

Thanks. That makes me feel a LOT better.

My life is a sham.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

I wonder how he's going to react when his new business cards arrive and say he's the VP in charge of being a fall guy.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersav

A manager tried this on me once - offered me a promotion to management. I asked him what that would mean and he was vague, other than that I would be on salary. I could see two things that were both dealbreakers; first, that would mean unpaid overtime that would average out to lower dollers per hour unless they doubled my wages (and nobody was pretending that was going to happen)
The other was that I would be working even more directly subordinate to him.
He was insistant - in a petulant, little boy wants to get his way kind of style - that I had to take this promotion, and would be making "much much much much more money". That cleared everything up: I'd be doing all my current work, plus all of his, for less money per hour than I was making at the time.
I said no.
So did everybody else that he made this offer to.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Oddly, I've seen this work even at the managerial level.
I'll take the money instead of an empty title, thank-you.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOurorboros

i read the top of panel 4 and thought "Woah, Scott's complementing Rick?" then found more text at the bottom. nicely done.

August 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I loved that last panel. Basic Instructions has got to be one of the funniest webcomics.

August 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

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