Dealing with the corporate machine

Phone call this morning:

Large corporate client: “Yes I’m wondering where that order we need is.”

Me: “You haven’t placed an order.”

Large corporate client: “Oh, can we have it by this Friday?”

Me: “Does that mean you want to place the order?”

Large corporate client: “Yes. So can we have it Friday, in four days?”

Me: “Ok great. But as you recall I told you this job will take 7-14 days.”

Large corporate client: “Ok we need 10,000 of them.”

Me: “Ok great.”

Large corporate client:
“Maybe 15,000.”

Me: “Um, well I need a number.”

Large corporate client: “I’ll have to call you back…”

Synopsis

Large corporate client wants to know where the order he hasn’t placed is, which is an unknown quantity.