Geektastic: Possibly; idiot rules are found in most workplaces IME!
I had a good laugh the other day; the chief executive announced a project to reduce the number of policies by an order of magnitude, as many of them are outdated or simply common sense. Twenty minutes later she's talking about introducing a new policy for something else...
I know. I used to have to sign Helen Clark's mobile phone bills (along with all the Cabinet Minister's bills). I asked why.
"To authorise them for payment."
"Umm. So, if I refuse to sign, you won't pay the PM's phone bill and her mobile will be cut off?"
"Well, no. Of course not. That wouldn't happen."
"So why am I wasting time every month doing this again?"
"To authorise them for payment. It says you have to in the rules."