A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 04, 2015
“Why don’t government workers stare out the window in the morning?”

There’s an old joke about government workers (civil servants):

Q: Why don’t civil servants look out the window in the morning?
A: Because they’d have nothing to do in the afternoon.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2000.


Chicago (IL) Tribune
Jackie Martling Keeps The Jokes Coming, Rapid-fire
October 06, 2000|By Allan Johnson.
(...)
Why don’t state workers look out the window in the morning? Because then they’d have nothing to do in the afternoon.

FARK.com
whale
2002-10-10 12:22:33 PM
Q: Why don’t County employees stare out the window in the mornings?
A: Because then they’d have nothing to do all afternoon.

Visordown
Looking Out Of My Window Today
Loz
02/05/2003 at 13:44
Why don’t Civil Servants look out the window in the morning?
Cos they’d have nothing to do all afternoon!

DVD Talk Forum
Is the old joke about government jobs true?
cupcake jesus
05-12-07, 08:11 AM
Why don’t government workers stare out the window in the morning?
Because, if they did, they’d have nothing to do all afternoon!

Google Groups: alt.folklore.computers
5 meg hard drive
Charlie Gibbs
1/12/12
(...)
Q: Why don’t civil servants look out the window in the morning?
A: They’d have nothing to do in the afternoon.

Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Sweet, sweet harmony in Lansing
Posted By Michael Jackman on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 5:10 pm
Our readers may notice that we often make a bit of fun when it comes to our Lansing legislators. Their ongoing inability to come up with a comprehensive plan to fix the state’s degrading roads puts us in the mind of an old joke: “Why don’t Lansing’s lawmakers look out the window in the morning? Because then they’d have nothing to do all afternoon.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, June 04, 2015 • Permalink