AC499 DB 3

The following is an excerpt from a telephone conversation between Gail Richie, President of Flanders Supplies Co., and Gary Weir, Owner of On-Time Employment Co.

Gail: Gary, you're going to have to do a better job of finding me a new computer programmer. That last guy was great at programming, but he didn't have any common sense.

Gary: What do you mean? The guy had a master's degree with straight A's.

Gail: Yes, well, last month he developed a new financial reporting system. He said we could do away with manually preparing a work sheet and financial statement. The computer would automatically generate our financial statements with "a push of a button."

Gary: So what's the big deal? Sounds to me like it would save you time and effort.

Gail: Right! The balance sheet showed a minus for supplies!

Gary: Minus supplies? How can that be?

Gail: That's what I asked.

Gary: So, what did he say?
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