A friend recently told me the story of a manager of a company who saw a suspicious vehicle in a driveway one day. He felt that the police should be made aware of this so he did what anyone would do and drove back to his office and asked his assistant to call the police station to report it.
By this time nearly twenty minutes had passed and the vehicle was no doubt long gone. The assistant, however, dutifully called the police station and could only sigh and agree when the operator said “it might have been better if he’d called 999 when he was in sight of the vehicle”.
Delegation, taken too far.