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Customer Service (Arlo Alert)

on May 23rd 2012

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It’s still early, and three people have already sent me this one asking, basically, whether there’s any interpretation of this comic that doesn’t suggest sodomy.

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17 Responses to “Customer Service (Arlo Alert)”

  1. chemgal May 23rd 2012 at 10:21 am 1

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    Sure, but the other interpretations are all abuse of some sort.

  2. Frosted Donut May 23rd 2012 at 10:37 am 2

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    I suppose Pointy-Haired Boss could be orally pleasuring the dummy, but that’s just an Arlo of a different color.

  3. nece May 23rd 2012 at 10:47 am 3

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    The way i saw it was kissing the backside of the customer but not sure that would be enough to get the reaction in the second panel.

  4. Elyrest May 23rd 2012 at 11:04 am 4

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    Personally, pointy-haired boss would just need to take his clothes off for me to have that reaction, but that’s nothing to do w/ the joke. The words to the song Sodomy” from the musical Hair do go running through my mind though.

  5. Dan W May 23rd 2012 at 11:21 am 5

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    Dilbert’s company has repeatedly shown that it doesn’t care about it’s customers, so I doubt it was anything pleasant for the “dummy”. Certainly not “kissing the backside” as nece (3) suggested.

    So yeah, most likely they are screwing the customer.

  6. Kilby May 23rd 2012 at 11:39 am 6

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    For those who prefer violence to sex, the PHB could be implying that the employees should “rip their heads off!“.

  7. James Pollock May 23rd 2012 at 12:13 pm 7

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    “When We service the customer, the customer STAYS serviced”.

  8. Howard May 23rd 2012 at 01:03 pm 8

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    Trash can? Wood Chipper? Fire?

  9. minor annoyance May 23rd 2012 at 01:45 pm 9

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    An once again, the shaggy last panel sells it.

  10. Ron May 23rd 2012 at 02:27 pm 10

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    There are lots of possibilities, including ripping its head off or
    kicking it in the nuts. It’s off-screen to let you use your
    imagination.

    Whatever it was though, it was traumatic enough that (see panel 3)
    Dilber ended up carrying Alice’s pocketbook home.

  11. DPWally May 23rd 2012 at 03:53 pm 11

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    I think that’s meant to be Dilbert’s laptop bag, not Alice’s pocketbook. The purple-ish tint is probably a compression artifact, it’s clearly grey when seen in better quality.

    The violent possibilities don’t justify the frame 2 reaction. PHB ripping off a dummy’s head or kicking it where its nuts would be if it wasn’t a dummy just doesn’t do it. Only the sexual abuse or sexual violence options make sense.

  12. DPWally May 23rd 2012 at 03:54 pm 12

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  13. George P May 23rd 2012 at 04:46 pm 13

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    When I read it this morning I almost submitted it as an Arlo.

    My first thought, too, is that they are screwing the customer, and not in a way that is pleasant for the customer.

  14. Freezer May 24th 2012 at 05:25 am 14

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    @Frosted Donut: That would still legally count as “sodomy.”

  15. Todd May 24th 2012 at 05:39 am 15

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    I’m sure if there’s any oral involved in what the boss is doing, it’s his own pleasure, and not the customer the dummy represents. I suppose they couldn’t have gotten away with giving the dummy an open mouth, though I’m surprised they didn’t try. Someone once said “$#!+” in Dilbert, and it got past the sensors.

  16. The Ploughman May 24th 2012 at 02:24 pm 16

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    The strike against ripping the dummy’s head off or kicking it in the groin is those actions could conceivably be shown (using a dummy) on the comic’s page. When it’s off screen, it’s something more horrifying that can be shown in the panel. I am picturing the second panel if they had actually drawn PHB pantomiming sodomy on the dummy and the picture in my head (with Adams’ wooden character poses) is quite amusing.

  17. Jim in Phx May 24th 2012 at 07:07 pm 17

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    I took it as this:

    PHB right before panel 1: “I just got out of a coprorate meeting and the company told us that the customer is always right! We’ve been told to suck up to the customers. So…”

    Now go to panel 2….

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