Dilbert, at least, is open and gives his coworker an opportunity to prove him wrong.
I, on the other hand, prefer the passive aggressive approach. I pretend to take my coworker at face-value knowing full well he will fail, and then I take it one step further. I will reach out however I won't leave more than one message about the matter. That way, when a member of senior management asks about the project, I can honestly reply. "Ted said he would get it to me by Tuesday however I've not received anything and been unable to reach him."
Throw 'em under the bus. Do it right and you won't wait for the data you need ever again.
OUCH... this one hit home! But I am with Dilbert on this one.
I often wondered why the 'old farts' I worked with over the years were the way they were. After 40 years with my employer, I now understand how they got that way. I prefer calling it being "extremely cynical" instead of being "a jerk". Either way it comes from 'being experienced". So I accept the position and all it's glory.
Actually I want to use the title of "Most Senior Old Fart" on my business card. That should explain away my being a jerk - er - cynic.