One of the medium-whigs of our company wanted ...
Memories of a time long gone.
In another life many years go, I was in charge of first tier IT support at a government office, task which also involved taking care of everything from basic IT supplies to keeping the local file server in shape and backed up to putting together the yearly budget for which I was responsible.
The director in charge, who most of the time called me to his office to clear his porn filled IE cache or find a lost file, once called me to ask about getting him a brand new and very expensive laptop to take to meetings.
He thought he looked bad because "he was the only asshole there without a laptop".
I skipped mentioning his frank self-awareness but timidly made a reference to his sub-optimal computer skills, at the same time comparing the cost of the new toy he wanted to the three office PC I could buy for the same amount.
But he insisted.
So I told him that he would have to ask for it in writing and with proper justification because there was no way I could possibly justify such a purchase to the powers higher up.
Needless to say, I never got the note asking for the kit but suffered for it for a good while.