Management didn't like desktop shortcuts or donuts and I liked both. It was a recipe for trouble.
I worked the help desk under a contracting company for the FDIC when they transitioned from Windows 95 to new Dell desktops running Windows XP. Many of their users were utilizing desktop shortcuts to get to various applications and files.
I stood up and walked off camera long enough to throw away a donut wrapper. When I went back to my seat, the video camera had swung away, back to the center of the room. I didn't think much of this ...
... until I received a call from my supervisor later that day. She informed me that the regional manager (who had been described to me by others as a "hothead") had called and told her to fire me. No review or research into the situation, no prior warning, nothing. Turns out he believed I had stalked out of the room after the condescending and dismissive response my input had received. In truth, I almost had, but in the end had only left to dispose of my donut wrapper. When one of his direct reports informed him that his perception had been wrong, things calmed down somewhat and work proceeded normally for the next week or two.
That is, until the XP transition went into pilot. And what was the No. 1 user complaint? "Where are my desktop shortcuts?"
Given the nature of the FDIC, I didn't expect any kind of acknowledgment or apology -- for the failure to recognize that users would miss their shortcuts or for assuming the worst about an innocent act and nearly dismissing me.
And I wasn't disappointed.