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I once had to train a client on how to use their new website. I said, "point the mouse at that button." They looked at me with a quizzical expression, picked up the mouse and held it to the screen. Can you beat this bit of client stupidity?

(, Sun 28 Dec 2003, 22:47)
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Ye Olde Dumbass Revhead
I was running a small computer sales and repair business some 15 years ago, and was asked by one of my clients who was a distributor of car parts to visit one of his retailers. So I head down to the outskirts of Melbourne to this crappy stinky parts shop and speak to mr grease-monkey about his problems. He advises me that his tape backups have stopped working. So I take a look at the drive, give it a clean, frig around for a while and finally admit - yep, it's knackered - I'll be back in a week with a new one.

A few days later I get a call from him.

Bruno: "Hey Vaggs, this tape drive you fixed is even worse now - it's completely eating my tapes."

Puzzled, I say:

Vaggs: "What are you talking about, I said I'd be back in a week - what do you mean it's eating tapes?"

Bruno: "Well I've put three tapes in it so far and they just keep disappearing?"

Vaggs: "Huhh??" - At this point I was completely intrigued - "This isn't possible Bruno, what exactly are you doing?"

Bruno: "Oh, well hang on, I'll do it again"

-- shuffling noises heard in the background, a few tapes clatter to the floor as he obviously pushes a heap of crap around on his desk --

Bruno: "Ok, here I go - I'm putting in the tape now"

-- [TINNY CLUNK] --

Bruno: "Hear that?"

Vaggs: (Attempting to control laughter) "Bruno mate, you realise I removed the tape drive from your computer don't you?"

Bruno: "Oh - I thought the hole looked a little bigger".

I replaced his tape drive a few days later and fished out four tapes from his PC....
(, Mon 29 Dec 2003, 4:12, closed)

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