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Original message (posted by cindy)
Why American Business Fails

Good news: It was a normal day in Sharon Springs , KS, when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina .

The Bad news: Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.

The Good news: A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.

The Bad news: The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.

The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train!

They were instructed "The Rules" prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!

[img=http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu205/lime2009/1stpicinrules.jpg][/img[img=http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu205/lime2009/2ndpicinrules.jpg][/img[img=http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu205/lime2009/midpicinrules.jpg][/img[img=http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu205/lime2009/iendpicinrules.jpg][/imgRULES IS RULES!

Don't let common sense get in the way of a good disaster.

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