You'll love this.
Recently at one of our fine conglomerates, one of the employees was asked to "stay late" and get some extra work done.
She said that was fine, but she would need authorization to do overtime. Whereupon the authorization was given ...
So the employee set to work doing the job. But 40 minutes into it, a manager came to her cubicle and said:
"There's been some miscommunication. We don't want you to do the overtime after all."
Whereupon the employee stopped.
Some time later, a manager came to her again. And asked (again) for her to "work late." And again she asked for overtime authorization.
This time the response was: "Uh. On second thought, don't stay late."
(When this story was related to me last week, I said "Sure they don't want you to do the overtime. Because you keep asking for overtime. You're supposed to just knuckle under and do it for free."
She's still there working, by the way.)
Cute tale, no?