I work in an office where I get a half-hour lunch and two random ten-minute breaks, to be taken whenever I want, causing a halt in my daily productivity twice for approximately 600 seconds. Let's do a little math:
30-min lunch + 2(10-min breaks) = 50 minutes
Now, it is my assumption that these 50 minutes, since they are mine to dispose of, can be consumed by a non-working activity, whenever I want. Thus, I could show up to work 20 minutes late and still take a 30-minute lunch, or alternatively, go home 20 minutes early. Not so.
Apparently, I can waste 20 minutes of not working at ANY time except the end of the day. What's the difference when I use them, so long as I'm NOT WORKING for 20 minutes? As I was heading out today a little after 5pm (my normal work day runs till about 5:30pm), one of my supes stopped me to tell me I couldn't do that. I still don't get it, but neither does anyone else, I'm sure.
Man this country's full of stupid people and bullshit rules.