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Had nieces  burner on my desk she says it won't play
DVD any more and makes a funny noise.

Opened up the case and found a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk
jammed inside the mechanism.........

She can't explain how or why it got there.

Anyone else have any other examples of silliness

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Had a customer complaining that their laser printer was leaving a repeating
funny mark on every page, insisted on getting it replaced under warranty -
opened it up and there was a very flat cooked frog embedded into the fuser
roller. They still refused to pay for the repair and insisted the printer be
replaced under warranty - ended up going to small claims court where the
magistrate pretty much laughed them out.

Then there was a few years ago when we had a mouse plague in the area.
Customer had an old Amstrad PC that they couldn't replace with something
better because it ran some very specific software that was locked to the
machine and the software vendor was no longer in business. The machine
stopped working - I found a mouse had been inside and piddled and crapped
all over the mainboard. A thorough clean, and a few bridges made with fine
wire got it running again. Customer got it back, and decided that in order
to prevent it happening again, they put gaffa tape over all holes on the
back of the machine big enough for a mouse to climb through, such as the gap
around the keyboard connector, and some of the vent holes. A week or so
later it stopped working again and they called me out. Well the tape turned
out to be an impenetrable barrier to the mice, only trouble was more than a
dozen were already inside the machine before they taped it up. Most of these
mice had died inside the machine, and their decomposing juices had again
caused corrosion/shorts etc on the mainboard. A thorough clean, a few more
bridges soldered on, and a VERY large service bill, and the machine was
again working.



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Had one last week.Repaired a phone for a customer that had been liquid
damaged.
They picked it up and paid for the repair only to return the next day and
abuse me for not repairing it properly.
Went on about how we have paid good money to have it fixed etc,etc.
On inspection it was found that when they had put their sim card in they had
managed to put the battery in the wrong way around.
And of course no apology was forthcoming.

And the best one was customer had brought in a VCR stating it would not play
anything.
On test nothing wrong was found so it was returned to the customer.
Several days later they were back stating it was still not playing.
To cut a long story short it was found they were watching a blank tape.
They didnt even try a different tape to see if another worked.
Unreal.
Cheers
Joe
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Best one I've heard about was a young female who took a flatbed scanner in
for repair. When asked how it happened, she admitted she sat on it to send a
photo of her nether regions over the Internet.

You gotta wonder.

-mark



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"Mark jb"
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 **  Yeah  -  I would have asked for a demo of the incident.




........    Phil    ;-)



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There should be a newsgroup for this kind of thing :-)

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try alt.bullshit

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And we all know why Phil.  It would be the closest you'd ever get to the
real thing.

How's that Madonna song go again?  " Like a virgin.........."  Isn't it your
theme song?



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Ask any copier tech about how many glass platens they replace
after the Christmas-New Year period, my favourite was the
drunken flying instructor who tried to photocopy his arse
only to forget it was a copier with a moving platen: he
overbalanced and tipped the copier off the table to smash on
the ground!.

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On Fri, 05 Aug 2005 13:18:40 +0930, Kissing Lettuce
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I had a customer call to complain that she couldn't get her new CB
radio to display any channel other than 88. While she was describing
the problem she realised her own mistake - she had not removed the
display's protective sticker.

A friend asked me to find out why her new printer was not printing. It
turned out that she hadn't realised it required a data cable. Her
husband had his car towed to a garage after he heard noises coming
from the rear. The mechanic diagnosed a flat tyre.

I once had to replace a computer CDROM drive after the owner had
inserted the D-shaped power cable the wrong way. It takes a lot of
force to do that.


- Franc Zabkar
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Please remove one 's' from my address when replying by email.

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Yeah, Unidens. I've had that several times.

-Mike



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Urban legends are great, arn't they ?
I know most of these stories are probably true but still good enough to
write a book about !

Recommended Reading - Too Good To Be True ( The Colossal Book of Urban
Legends )  by Jan Harold Brunvand


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I had a Double adapter/power cable for a CD Rom/5 1/4" drive which swapped
the 12V rail with the 5V rail - Fried 2 CD roms before I took a closer look
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i used to do vcr repair year's ago.

one came in the owner that had
a miss hap with a glass of bear
that fal into the vcr and tried to
dry it out in a microwave oven.
another came in, thay sed thay used
wd40 in it to free it up.


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Many years ago I came across a TV that was a little too far from the wall
socket, so hubby had fixed it. He replaced the plug on the TV power cord
with a socket, and made up an extension cord with a plug at each end.
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In that instance it was a bit silly not to have just used an extension cord
on the original plug/cord from the TV but your story reminded me of a
similar use for doing same... When I was a kid I was part of a larger family
and our only form of heating at the time was a 3 bar electric heater.

Mum was paranoid about one of the kids toppling over the heater one day and
setting the house alight while an adult wasn't around or still asleep. Of
course we often rose with the sun to watch the cartoons or such on TV while
our parents were still asleep and often plugged the heater on ourselves
despite not being aloud to. This went on and on until she nagged DAD into
coming up with a solution bar throwing out the heater altogether.

The solution of course was to remove the plug from the heater and fit a
female socket to prevent being able to plug the heater in to a power point
directly without a short lead that had a male plug on both ends. The adaptor
lead was always locked away while an adult wasn't present or with my parents
while they slept. My mother is still obsessed about electricity and heaters
etc and always turns off and unplugs every electrical appliance (bar the
fridge) before leaving home to shop etc and she seldom ever uses a heater
anyway preferring to wear more clothes or sit under a blanket with a hot
water bottle. Bit weird is my mum ;-)



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anxiety disorder.
I have one of those but different to your mum's.



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Hi all

My story

My wife had been complaining for a few weeks that the 3 1/2 " floppy wasn't
working on her PC. The disk wouldn't go in all the way. I eventually got
around to looking at it on Sunday & sure enough the floppy wouldn't go in. I
got another floppy drive & I tried that. The disk didn't go into that
either. I then tried one of my own disks. It went in both drives. I then
took a real look at the floppy disk in question. My dearest darling had put
a label on it it & instead of folding part of it around & over the top, she
had stuck it all on the front, covering part of the sliding cover locking it
thus preventing full insertion. I was a bit mad at myself for not picking
this up earlier.

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Regards

Chopper

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Back in the 80's i worked for a company in abbotsford
They had service contracts on all sorts of muck including those old word
proccesor/typewriters with a floppy drive, we had multiple callouts
from one customers site for data loss.
the units would never fail in the workshop thou, eventually we found out
they were sticking the disks to the fridge with a bleeping magnet

Darren

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