This quote is also from my first report to the FAA local MIDO office, when I was naive and chose not to believe all those press reports about the FAA being the "handmaiden of the aviation industry" and a "tombstone agency."
About three months ago, I went to the tool room for some item or another. Right there next to the toolroom was (inspector's name), at the end of the EBU line, stamping off...jobs. I asked him what was going on, to just initiate a casual conversation with him. He said, word for word, "I’m just roller stamping. It’s what they want." I could tell he wasn’t just joking. I was glad I wasn’t placed that position often (at that time--later I would be placed in that position every day).
Strangely, a few weeks later the same thing happened. I had to go to the tool room and get something. (Inspector's name) was exactly where he was the previous time. I asked him what was up. He said he was roller stamping, because that’s what they wanted, again! He seemed serious, even depressed. I couldn’t believe it! (inspector's name) recently tried to bring the situation up at a recent crew meeting, but (QA supervisor's name) blew him off as usual... Save (inspector's name). He’s a great inspector being forced to roller stamp. I don’t know if (QA supervisor's name) had the same meeting with him as me, but it sure appears so.
The Last Inspector