Patrick McNulty is an arrogant, annoying boor in his 40s. One day, he is mobilized by his employer. He is thrilled, believing that his frequent contributions to the idea box have earned him recognition. His boss, however, states that all of McNulty's pointers deal with areas of enterprise in which the business is not involved. The one in charge fires McNulty for squandering his time.
McNulty goes to a bar, where he drives away the other clients with his viewpoints concerning a showing off occasion. Bench proprietor requests that McNulty patronize one more establishment. McNulty neglects him and also gets a drink for the sole continuing to be customer, a drunk, that gushes numerous expressions from times long past ("54 ° 40' or Deal with", "E Pluribus Unum", et al.). The intoxicated provides McNulty his stopwatch. Assuming it a weird gift, McNulty swiftly discovers that it pauses the flow of time for everyone and also everything, except the watch holder.
McNulty attempts to reveal his previous employer the power of the stop-watch. McNulty claims it can be made use of to make their company the largest in the world, but neglects that he can not be listened to when time is quit. His boss does not recognize as well as rejects him. Before leaving, McNulty uses the stopwatch mischievously to reorganize random things in the workplace. Going back to bench, he tries to show the power of the watch to the customers, however once again does it as if they do not comprehend.
Next McNulty utilizes the stopwatch to break into a safe-deposit box, yet while carting out a heap of money he drops the watch. It damages, leaving time completely iced up. With no way to fix it, McNulty runs around in a panic, pleading the frozen people to speak or relocate.