Nov. 28, 2023 – The accountants, bookkeepers and administrators at RHN CPA are known for their incredible organizational skills and ability to get paperwork in order for their clients, but it seems that their keen attention to detail has attracted a mysterious group of visitors.

Earlier this Fall, long after the traditional tax season had come to an end, the team at RHN was continuing to get their clients’ ducks in a row, growing their businesses, saving them money, and putting smiles of relief and contentment on their faces. That’s when the team members started to notice something strange.

Little ducks started to appear around the office—sometimes in a row, but other times in circles, clusters or even by themselves.

A row of miniature rubber ducks in front of a storybook about ducks. A single rubber duck sits on top of the book, posed as though reading aloud to the group.

Ducks in a row at the RHN Richmond office.

“Nobody’s sure where they came from,” says Colleen Seager, Manager of Office Administration. “They just keep appearing, and we’re not sure what to do about them.”

A line of miniature rubber ducks lines up to swim in a pool made of blue felt onto of a desk at RHN.

As it turns out, this type of invader can prove very difficult to get rid of. Most exterminators won’t take the job due to strict policies about removing cute pests.

“If there’s proof that they’ve caused harm, sure,” explains Rob R. Dock, local exterminator. “But generally when something is as cute as those ducks, we won’t touch them.”

A white miniature rubber duck sits on top of a fire alarm.

Despite some harmless pranks, the ducks have posed no real threat to the people or operations of RHN.

As for theories on where these little invaders came from, there is one prevailing idea. There have long been legends about incredibly organized and diligent organizations receiving visits from mysterious guests. In fact, some experts hypothesize that the term “ducks in a row” could stem from such occurrences in corporate offices as far back as the 1920s. 

“If an office like RHN experiences a duck infestation, they should actually consider it a good sign,” says Dr. Mel Arduck, professor of duck-onomics. “It’s rare to see this kind of excellence in business practice and client service, nowadays. But seeing as they are a mid-sized firm that puts such care into every interaction they have with each other and clients, it doesn’t surprise me that the ducks chose RHN as their new nesting ground.”

The good news is, now that the ducks have settled into the RHN office, other businesses don’t need to take in any visitors of their own in order to achieve peak organizational status.

“I’d advise businesses looking to get their ducks in a row to consider working with RHN,” says Dr. Arduck. “The success and positive energy the ducks bring has been known to be contagious. Plus, if the ducks chose RHN in the first place, you know the team must be doing something right.”

A white miniature rubber duck sits by a row of binders labeled "income tax returns."

Any businesses or job seekers interested in learning what RHN can do for them are encouraged to get in touch with RHN directly.


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