This is truly an overdue concept. Originally the idea of a friend of mine some years ago, I think it’s time to formalize it.
How many times have you been annoyed at people for:
- Wasting your time?
- Draining your energy?
- Squandering your resources?
- Tainting your aura?
- Breathing your air?
Have you ever wished you had some way to recoup your loss (be it time, energy, resources, aura or air)?
Look no further. We have your answer.
The Stupid Tax.
Here are a few examples of how you might apply the Stupid Tax.
While shopping for your family, the person in front of you discovers they have forgotten their wallet. No biggie, you forget your wallet sometimes, too. But then they ask you to wait while they call their husband to come…from home. BWAM! Stupid Tax: $10. No, I do not have time to wait while your husband DRIVES to the supermarket to pay for your Fruity Pebbles and mallowmars.
The cable repair guy enters your home to repair the dead satellite system. He crawls under the house to check the cable, then proceeds to track mud on every square inch of your carpet. When he sees you staring incredulously at your floor, he asks, “Did I do that?” BWAM! $20 Stupid Tax. No, I do not let my own family track mud through the house like a herd of rutting moose.
After working for eleventy-hundred hours on your project and finding yourself down to the final copying and collating, your co-worker interrupts the job so they can photocopy the latest LOLCat and tack it to their bulletin board. As you survey the mound of paper that is the half-finished copy job that you have no idea how to resume, the co-worker says, “Oh, were you in the middle of something?” BWAM! $50 Stupid Tax. Why yes, in fact, I was in the middle of something MEANT TO EARN THE COMPANY ACTUAL MONEY.
The stamp is meant to be applied to the forehead of the person having the Stupid Tax levied against them. Because as much as I want the revenue, I want less stupidity even more. And perhaps this will cause some actual learning to happen.
Apply for your license here. Tell me who you would levy the Stupid Tax against. Hypothetical circumstances are fine. You don’t have to name names. Unless you want to.