After completing a month-long contract, Soda had landed them another short-term gig at a small startup. The company had run into a major data loss due to massive hardware failure and needed their backed-up data restored to their main system. Unfortunately, their “backup system” was in the form of paper invoices. It was to be Selben and Soda’s job to enter all the data by hand. The company’s inhouse technicians were too overworked to do the data entry themselves.
Soda and Selben shared a slightly cramped office. Gary Delen, the most recent tech stuck doing the data entry, had brought in a pile of boxes filled with folders, and showed them how to process the invoices to re-enter them manually.
“All right, have at it. Glad I’m not in your shoes,” he trailed off at the end as he left the room.
Soda and Selben cracked open one of the boxes and pulled out some folders. After a couple hours of intense, monotonous boredom, Soda started reading aloud from the invoices.
“Oooh, it looks like two pallets of jelly were damaged in transit!”
“Please don’t. Don’t go there.”
“I wonder if it happened on a freeway.”
“Soda, no. Please.”
“It must have caused a…”
Selben groaned, not wanting to hear it.