Fun At The Office

Posted on | November 30, 2010 | 12 Comments

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At my firm, there are sometimes clients that come in to pay their tax bills.  They usually wait up front, by the reception desk until someone can assist them.

Today I was walking by the receptionist and a woman jumps up from her chair,  and grabs my arm.

Woman: “I demand a lawyer!”

Me: “Uh…”

Woman: “I need you!”

Me: “ Me?”

Woman: “Yes! I want you to be my lawyer!”

Me: “Ma’am, I’m not a  lawyer.”

Woman: “But you’re in a lawyers office! People here are lawyers. That’s why I came here to get one.”

Me: “Ma’am, there are attorneys here, but I, personally, am not an attorney.”

Woman: “But you are wearing a nice suit!”

Me: “Ma’am, we have to dress nice for this office.  It is just office policy.”

Woman: ” I’m going to sue you for false advertisement. I bet you haven’t even gone to law school!”

Me: “No, I haven’t. I am a Paralegal and have told you over and over that I am not an attorney.

Woman: “But…but you’re wearing a suit!”

PH

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12 Responses to “Fun At The Office”

  1. Sarah Thompson
    November 30th, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    Is that all I need to become a lawyer? All this time I thought I needed three more years of school and all I really need is a nice suit! Man, that sounds a whole lot cheaper and easier than the three more years of school :-)

  2. AW
    November 30th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Just when I needed to laugh… thank you for the anecdote!

  3. Corporate Paralegal
    November 30th, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Were you wearing the Jimmy Choos? Nice suit and fancy shoes. Ta Da. You are now a judge!

  4. Momalegal
    November 30th, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    Ah – I’ve missed your “fun w/ clients” posts! If it weren’t for dumb clients, we wouldn’t have half the work. God bless ’em.

  5. Grumpy Humbug
    November 30th, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    That’s why I’ve carefully cultivated a particular look over the years, to never be mistaken for a lawyer. My clothes are never hung up, so they’re always wrinkled. Shoes are rarely shined, so they always look over-worn. Hair just a bit too long and disheveled. Shuffling along, looking down at the floor in an attitude of defeat when in the reception area. Works every time.

  6. Anonymous
    December 1st, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    You sound like the Plaintiffs’ offices I routinely smash. [Evil laugh]

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