Why Aren't People Paying Attention In That Meeting?

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Now this is what you call Customer Service?

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It’s Here……….The MEETING PLAYCE MAT (TM)

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Are you hanging out with Recessionaries and participating in the Recession? I hope not.

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What is it?

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Shut Up! Or You May Be The Next One Let Go

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The World is Crumbling Around Us……………….

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And the stupidity at Bank of America continues….

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A Message For Governor Rell: Yeah, yeah, yeah, families are making do with less, blah, blah, blah.

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Don't Invite Your Mother To The Meeting If She Is Going To Whine

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