I've expressed my frustrations with the muddled thinking of SMIs on many previous occasions. Well, today's experience indicates that there are still virgin seams of idiocy for the lucky Prospector.
I'll use an analogy to allow me to convey today's example of lunacy. It went something like this ...
SMI bad man, we have a major risk. Basically we don't know how fat this person is so we don't know whether they will fit on the bus.
bad man Ok, I agree that is a risk but it is hardly a major risk as we have time to weigh them before the bus leaves and make alternative transport arrangements if necessary.
There was a pause ... then
SMI We can reduce the risk by arranging personal transportation for the possibly chubby person now
This had me perplexed so I responded with …
bad man How can you arrange personal transportation for the person if you don't know the size of the passenger? Surely the risk is still present and remains unmitigated?
There was another pause so I repeated my question. Eventually the SMI came back with ...
SMI We have been given information on the passenger's weight.
bad man If you have been given the weight of the passenger then you know whether they will fit on the bus or whether you need an alternative. There is no risk.
SMI Yes, that’s right. I'm going to close down the risk.
I paused, took a deep breath and imagined their slow, painful death...
It may have involved lemon juice and salt!