Millions of birth control pills had to be recalled today when a quality control inspector at a major pharmaceutical company that manufactures birth control pills and other preventive reproductive devices suddenly became pregnant.
“Each and every day we have to test the quality and effeteness of the product we inspect,” said a spokeswoman for the Quality Control Inspector Union (QCIU). “And for our union members lucky enough to be working at ice cream plants, chocolate factories and breweries, it’s a sweet job.”
However, not for those assigned to test dangerous products like Bungee cords, hollow tip bullets or birth control pills.
“The general public just doesn’t know what sacrifices we make for their safety,” said the QCIU spokeswoman. “Not until something like this happens.”
Unlike other occupations where employees are fired or even criminally charged for taking, using or eating the company’s services or products, pilfering is practically in the quality control inspector’s job description.
“That’s how quality control inspector number thirteen at the birth control pill plant got pregnant,” said the QCIU spokeswoman. “It’s the risk we take.”
Every day quality control inspector number thirteen has to sample the birth control pills made on the factory floor, testing for quality and effectiveness on herself with the assistance of the supervising foreman.
“Unfortunately, quality control inspector number thirteen and the foreman are married,” said a coworker. “To each other.”
Quality control inspector number thirteen and the foreman enter a specially equipped testing laboratory together, one that is adjacent to the production floor.
“Usually the foreman is the first to go in the room and the first to come out,” said another coworker.
A ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign is hung on the doorknob and a switch is flipped that turns on a little red light above the door letting the other employees know that testing is being conducted.
All production stops until they reemerge, which is approximately two minutes later.
“We used to get a cigarette break right after,” said a disgruntled employee. “But now all we get is nicotine gum chewing break. It’s just not the same.”
Quality control inspector number thirteen, a mother of four, got the bad news of her new pregnancy almost immediately when she took her mandatory morning pregnancy test at the plant the next day.
“She pulled the cord in the bathroom that halts the production line,” said a coworker. “And then she ran out of the bathroom waving the pregnancy testing stick in the air, yelling out at the top of her lungs, ‘Stop the line! Stop the line! I’m pregnant! I’m pregnant!”
Then locating the foreman (her husband), she repeatedly strikes him with the pregnancy testing stick over the head, screaming, “You did this to me you bastard! You did this to me you bastard!”
According to the terms of the collective bargaining contract the QCIU has with the company, quality control inspector number thirteen will be transferred to another division of the company. Until she is ready to take her paternity leave or is no longer gainfully employed by the company.
“Quality control inspector number thirteen will be allowed time to collect her wits and get her mind off birth control for awhile,” said a spokesman for the pharmaceutical company. “As she tests the tensile strength of our new line of prophylactics.”
Once again, quality control inspector number thirteen enters the product testing room, while this time a hesitant foreman is the one to hang the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the doorknob and turns on the little red light that hangs above the door.
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