So, you think you’ve got a crappy cube farm to work in? It probably isn’t as bad as the workspaces of some of the “winners” of Wired’s saddest office cubicle contest.
The saddest of the sad is, sadly, someone from the higher ed ranks: “David Gunnells, an IT guy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.”
His desk is penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave. The overhead light doesn’t work — his mother-in-law was so saddened by his cube that she gave him a lamp — and the other side of the wall is a parking garage. Gunnells recalls a day when one co-worker reheated catfish in the microwave, while another used the bathroom and covered the smell with a stinky air freshener. Lovely.