BUSINESS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Dilbert" Creator Is Now Pointy-Haired Boss Himself

This is yet another story about a clueless but obtrusive boss -- the kind of meddlesome manager you might laugh at in the panels of "Dilbert," the daily comic strip.

Emma Lewis, lunch manager of Stacey's at Waterford, with Scott Adams at the restaurant.

The boss in question operates an upscale restaurant serving California cuisine about an hour's drive east of San Francisco. The restaurant, Stacey's at Waterford, is in trouble -- two decades of rapid population growth in the region has prompted an influx of national competitors like P. F. Chang's China Bistro and the Cheesecake Factory.

While the chains have 30-minute waits for tables on weeknights, Stacey's at Waterford has more jewel-tone microfiber chairs than diners, and is slowly but steadily losing money. To make matters worse, this befuddled manager has never run a restaurant before or even supervised another person's work in more than 20 years. His greatest qualification for the job, one might say, is 17 years spent satirizing cubicle culture.

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