Fringe Benefits

by Ravi Mangla

The women's bathroom in the office had a sofa, so the men demanded they get a sofa also. They demanded they be able to bring their sons in on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. The women wanted to huddle around the water cooler; they wanted the computers that didn't freeze unexpectedly. The men wanted dispensers in the bathroom, but nothing womanly, how about... a gumball machine. And the women wanted to graze their counterpart's bodies in passing to see how they liked it: they liked it just fine. In the end, everyone was laid off.


Ravi Mangla lives in Fairport, NY. His writing has recently appeared in Eclectica, Elimae, Johnny America, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He blogs here.