How to Help Someone See Their Mistake

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Reader Comments (29)

panel 4 is getting blown up to poster sized and laminated onto my toolbox tomorrow!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkschobert

I can't help but think there is a sign saying "welcome to the mistake factory" in a trailer park somewhere.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Please, please, please tell me there's going to be a t-shirt of that last line!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPcap

I wish I knew what this business actually did. Has it ever been said? or has it been completely ambiguous this whole time and no one's even yet asked?

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

@joseph Something about helping people.
And by the way, another little nugget of comedy gold!

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

What's the best description for the ScottFace in panel 4? Sympathetic? Understanding? Condescending? In any case, it's my favorite.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

@joseph anyway, when you retire from the mistake factory, you go into politics...

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

I see I'm not the first person to think that the last line needs to be preserved on its own. I'm not promising that I'd buy a coffee cup or T-Shirt, mind you, but that's where it belongs.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

@joseph Helping people and filling out RJ-17 forms

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStevieB

Principles are an abstract that are resined to the conversations over drinks AFTER work.
That's why, the boss is never invited. Sometimes, we learn the hard way that, "...the right
way is the way the person paying you wants it done." Life at the mistake factory? Yea,
sad, but true. Thx, Scott.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOtto66

I swear I could send this to every friend who has a job and they'd all see panel 4 as their personal experience. The rest probably apply, too, but they'd never see that...

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

I wonder if my boss will get offended if I hang a sign on the office door that says "Welcome to the Mistake Factory"...

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

@Joseph it's never been stated and always remained rather ambiguous. the only real clue I can think of is that they have "clients" instead of "customers". With a client like Agro Turd and a boss like Mullet Boss my personal guess is something in advertising or insurance of some kind.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cheat

@Rachel: I've seen that called the "compassionate Scott." I find it a little creepy myself.

Panel 3 makes a great point about reducing errors through inefficiency. I may bring that up in my next review.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

Another good one Scott

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Unions have a variation on the mistake factory and error reduction through inefficiency - it's called "work now, grieve later". In extreme cases, it may morph into "work to rule".

This was a great comic Scott - I felt Jenkins' angst and your Machiavellian barely suppressed glee at slowly revealing the truth to him. The last line feels like the clincher, but, sadly, repetition will be required.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

So Funny! Thanks!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

This is a win, my good, fine sir. A pure, simple, unadulterated win. This is saturated with 'win-ness'.

Keep up the fantabulous work!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbyevad

Ah, so that's where comic-Scott works! The Mistake Factory. Is it owned by the same company that owns The Cheesecake Factory?

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

@Rachel: To me it looks disturbingly coquettish. I hope that's not what he was going for.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGawain

Panel 4 is one of the best things ever, right between donuts and air-conditioning.

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Mistake Factory, the; a place known for errors, confusion, lack of job descriptions, incompetent employees, lack of industry, unqualified employees, management, office politics, and overall purposlessness. Synonyms: Political Office.

We can now assume that Mullet Boss is the governor of Texas. "Clients" would then refer to the corporations lobbying for legislation. The complete inefficiency of MB, Scott, and Jenkins then becomes a good thing. Congratulations on another day of nothing done! Keep up the slacking!

September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFallingar

@Fallingar Mullet Boss does not own the business. A corporation that cannot fire him without incurring a contractual penalty owns it. If anyone is the governor of whatever state that they are in (I always thought that it was Washington) It would either be that company's CEO or its Chairman of the board, not Mullet Boss.

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Wow, I don't know whether to hang this whole strip up at work, or just the last panel.
On second thought, I'd best not do either; I'd like to stay employed!

But, oh, I shall definitely show all my co-workers... (insert sneaky, subversive laugh here)

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Long time reader, first time poster.

I work in a branch of the Canadian Government, and I can tell you right now - the bureaucracy here is the quintessential Mistake Factory. If I had a dollar for every time I was charged with doing something a specific (and wrong) way... well let's just say I know where tax dollars go.

Keep at it Scott, and I pray they never get around to internally blocking THIS recreational website too ;)

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGC

you sure you don't work at the post office?

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

(looks at my job, then looks at the comic) (job) (comic) (job) (comic) (bursts into tears)

i hate working at the mistake factory!!!

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervi

As a semi-reformed grammar stickler, I've held off for over 2 weeks. Thought someone else would've helped you see your mistake by now...


'Someone' is not plural, and since the someone featured in this strip is male, I really don't think anyone would've minded if you had used 'His' in place of 'Their'.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfilsmyth

"welcome to the mistake factory" ought to be posted at every voting booth in America, considering what has happened lately in Congress!

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Toddman
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