When dealing with a call centre we all appreciate it when they are willing to come off script to treat us like a fellow human being and help us. Our problem might not be as neat as they'd prefer and their flexibility says a lot about both the individual and the organisation they work for.
Equally when people nit pick about details in a bureaucratic procedure when you know they could tolerate imprecision – that too says something about the individual and the organisation they work for.
Some rules need rigidly adhered to – most don't. Too rigid a system, and people who are too tightly constrained, both snap under pressure.
We need to assert our right to wriggle a bit.
People who are too inflexible and don't exercise judgement can be replaced by robots.
Wriggle room might be humanity's USP.