You can tell how old this piece is from the eleventh last diary entry.
A Day In The Life Of An Assistant Manager.
06:00 Wake up – Hope it’s Sunday. Realise it’s Monday.
07:00 Wash & shave. Think about slitting throat, but decide things must be better this week.
07:30 Dress and work out staff position over breakfast. Take two indigestion tablets.
07:45 Leave for work.
08:40 Arrive at bank. Messenger off with backstrain again.
08:45 Expect first telephone call. Bad case of nerves. Hands shake.
08:46 First telephone call.
08:55 Eighth telephone call. Eight sick.
09:00 Explain to supervisor how to run machine room on her own.
09:05 Telephone Chief Office (Personnel Dept.) to explain why supervisor has resigned.
09:20 Answer third telephone call requesting relief.
09:30 Chief Office (Personnel Dept.) request two relief tellers.
09:40 Write to Chief Office (Personnel Dept.) apologising for language used.
10:00 Persuade Foreign clerk to make some tea.
10:10 Explain to customer why Foreign Section is closed.
10:15 Give own tea to customer to placate him.
10:16 Customer closes account.
10:30 Check Holiday List.
11:00 Politely advise tellers they must alter their holiday plans.
11:05 Tellers make several unpleasant (and quite frankly, humanly impossible) suggestions.
11:30 Write to Chief Office (Personnel Dept.) for relief in July. Letter smudged with tears.
12:00 Teller spots forgery in Clearing. Congratulate her.
12:10 Seven other forgeries come to light. Reprimand tellers.
12:45 Junior wants to go home with bad headache. Refuse request. Give him three aspirins, and take three myself.
13:01 Lunch finished. Phone wife regarding quality of sandwiches. Big mistake.
13:40 Staff refers. Eight staff accounts overdrawn, including own. No action taken.
14:00 Terminal breaks down.
14:05 Terminal machinist breaks down.
14:10 Fix machine with sellotape. Promise machinist upgrading. She recovers. Congratulate self on diplomacy.
14:15 Statement clerk threatens to resign. In Bank three days longer than machinist. Also wants special grade.
14:20 Write to Chief Office (Personnel Dept.) regards upgrading Machinist and Statement clerk.
14:30 Banking Hall clock stolen. Look for appropriate letter to Chief Office.
14.32 Counter enquiry from prospective new entrant.
14:35 Second Teller has hysterics. Endeavour to pacify.
14:37 Prospective new entrant leaves. Not exactly surprised.
15:00 Banking Hall chair has also been stolen. Another letter to Chief Office.
15:30 Branch closes. Manager goes home. Dream of that happy day.
16:00 Teller £500 short. Check till. Still short.
16:20 Inspector arrives. Checks till and finds £500 error.
16:25 Inspector leaves. Reprimand teller.
16:45 Help trace remittance difference.
17:30 Trace difference. Machine error. Resolve not to fix machine again.
17:50 Leave to catch train.
18:00 Return to lock Branch.
21:00 Can’t remember last three hours. Doctor later diagnosed a blackout.
22:00 Go to bed. Can’t sleep.
02:30 Finally fall asleep. Nightmare. Subject? BANK.