“Office Space”, the greatest office movie of all time, which has given us so many gifts already ― such as TPS Reports, hatred of fax machines and the worst boss of all time, Bill Lumbergh ― has given us yet another boon.
Remember as a kid you’d go to Applebee’s or TGI Friday’s and the servers would be wearing vests covered in a layer of gaudy buttons so dense, no light could penetrate the surface? “Flair”, they called it. And all of it would jingle loudly whenever they approached, like a herd of cocker spaniels running around like maniacs, and the light reflecting off the buttons would blind you while you were trying to order the Crispy Green Bean Fries and Jim Beam Onion Ring Tower?
Well, they’re gone now and, as with most things, you have Mike Judge and “Office Space” to thank for that.
According to Deadline, when asked about the cult status of “Office Space” and why the film so resonates with our generation, he had this to say:
“About four years after Office Space came out, TGI Fridays got rid of all that (button) flair, because people would come in and make cracks about it. One of my ADs asked once at the restaurant why their flair was missing and they said they removed it because of that movie ‘Office Space.’ So, maybe I made the world a better place.”
Suck on that, Chotchkie’s. Thank you, Mike Judge. You’ve set us free.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get some Extra Big Ass Fries from Carl’s Jr. Wait, wrong Mike Judge movie.