Google buys monorail upon joke support ticket

Posted by: Gergely Sumegi (3 years ago)

It seems you just need to work at the right place to request pretty much anything from your employer and get it. At the time when Google Australia had spread from one building to two, and there were rumours of a third building coming, a site reliability engineer submitted a ticket requesting the company to buy the Sydney Monorail and build it in a loop between them.

Guess what, after the closure of the iconic Sydney Monorail in June 2013, Google bought two carriages of the rolling stock and as rebuilding the monorail would not have been viable, they installed them as meeting rooms in their new Sydney workspace, in the aforementioned third building.

It is estimated that the carriages, the transportation and the installation cost Google around $250,000.

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