The plea occasionally comes from a pain in the ass office worker who is clueless and wants help desperately. He does not have a "quick question." The question is not the issue: he usually requires a quick answer that is not easily given. He gives the appearance of knowing what he is talking about but needs a tutorial on how to load a stapler. This guy (sorry men: this stupid question normally does not come from a woman) is not long for the company if he asks this kind of shit all the time. The worst offenders will use "air quotes" when asking a "quick question."
Hey dude, can I ask you a "quick question" about the sales meeting this afternoon?