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What's your funniest/craziest story from work?

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What's your funniest/craziest story from work?

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What's your funniest/craziest/ most painful story when it comes to work?!?!?
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    kevin

    My first programming job was for a company designing an online Medical Electronic Document Interchange application. They had customers, contracts, designers, programmers, but no product. We delivered 3 finished applications over a 3 year period. After the completion of each version management would come in within a few days and practically redesign the entire application. Needless to say, when the company was never able to produce a product for the customers the company folded. That was the most dissapointing company I have ever worked for.

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    mjd420nova

    I recieved a service call from a scrap metal dealer who complained that he couldn't get any price quotes from his satelite link system. I checked the controller when I arrived on site and all seemed to be functioning but the link light was not on. I crawled through a closet to gain access to the roof and found the whole dish was missing. The coax had been chopped off with a knife and left laying on the tar paper. The next day, after recieving a new dish, I mounted it on three cement blocks with clamps and concrete screws. Not about to walk off again.

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    Spitfire_Sysop

    Actually, most of the really good ones are NSFW and would be censored on TV anyway but you still can't have them.

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    nwallette

    I was working as an inventory manager at a local computer shop when SATA first hit the scene. It seemed like forever before our distributor finally had Seagate 80GB SATA disks available, so we ordered a couple dozen (at around $120 apiece, if memory serves) the day we saw them in stock. A week or so later (ground shipping), I got a call from the warehouse saying he received our order and it was waiting to be stocked. I told him I was in the middle of something, but would be down there within an hour. He asked what he should do with all the cases because they were taking up too much room.

    I exchanged confused glances with the lady in charge of purchasing and accounting, and she seemed as lost as me. We didn't order cases -- for once, we had a fairly nice collection on the floor, from mini towers to server size. But hey, we could probably handle some extra since they seemed to be always delayed in shipping -- sometimes for months.

    But the warehouse guy still had a sense of urgency about getting them out of the way. "They're taking up a ton of space! There are two pallets of them!" At this point, I was starting to wonder how big these cases were, and how often they would sell. So, I asked for a part number to look them up in the online catalog. When the search returned, my jaw dropped. The "cases" were OEM packs of SATA hard drives, 20 to a box.

    My first thought was how our credit line was going to handle a purchase 20 times over what we intended to buy. My second thought was whether we could sell enough drives before the prices started falling to below our cost. So, I asked the purchasing lady to check our invoice.

    The line item read "sku: xxxxxxx, desc: SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA HDD 80GB 7200RPM, cost: $120.13, qty: 24"

    This put the per-drive cost at about $6 apiece. Suddenly, I had no concerns about being able to keep a decent margin.

    It didn't take long, of course, before our distributor recognized the mistake and threatened to cut us off if we didn't send the other 456 drives back. While there are other distributors, they had good prices, and hadn't shipped my new 8-port SATA controller yet, so we opted to comply. :-)

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    kevin

    My first programming job was for a company designing an online Medical Electronic Document Interchange application. They had customers, contracts, designers, programmers, but no product. We delivered 3 finished applications over a 3 year period. After the completion of each version management would come in within a few days and practically redesign the entire application. Needless to say, when the company was never able to produce a product for the customers the company folded. That was the most dissapointing company I have ever worked for.

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    mjd420nova

    I recieved a service call from a scrap metal dealer who complained that he couldn't get any price quotes from his satelite link system. I checked the controller when I arrived on site and all seemed to be functioning but the link light was not on. I crawled through a closet to gain access to the roof and found the whole dish was missing. The coax had been chopped off with a knife and left laying on the tar paper. The next day, after recieving a new dish, I mounted it on three cement blocks with clamps and concrete screws. Not about to walk off again.

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    Spitfire_Sysop

    Actually, most of the really good ones are NSFW and would be censored on TV anyway but you still can't have them.

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    nwallette

    I was working as an inventory manager at a local computer shop when SATA first hit the scene. It seemed like forever before our distributor finally had Seagate 80GB SATA disks available, so we ordered a couple dozen (at around $120 apiece, if memory serves) the day we saw them in stock. A week or so later (ground shipping), I got a call from the warehouse saying he received our order and it was waiting to be stocked. I told him I was in the middle of something, but would be down there within an hour. He asked what he should do with all the cases because they were taking up too much room.

    I exchanged confused glances with the lady in charge of purchasing and accounting, and she seemed as lost as me. We didn't order cases -- for once, we had a fairly nice collection on the floor, from mini towers to server size. But hey, we could probably handle some extra since they seemed to be always delayed in shipping -- sometimes for months.

    But the warehouse guy still had a sense of urgency about getting them out of the way. "They're taking up a ton of space! There are two pallets of them!" At this point, I was starting to wonder how big these cases were, and how often they would sell. So, I asked for a part number to look them up in the online catalog. When the search returned, my jaw dropped. The "cases" were OEM packs of SATA hard drives, 20 to a box.

    My first thought was how our credit line was going to handle a purchase 20 times over what we intended to buy. My second thought was whether we could sell enough drives before the prices started falling to below our cost. So, I asked the purchasing lady to check our invoice.

    The line item read "sku: xxxxxxx, desc: SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA HDD 80GB 7200RPM, cost: $120.13, qty: 24"

    This put the per-drive cost at about $6 apiece. Suddenly, I had no concerns about being able to keep a decent margin.

    It didn't take long, of course, before our distributor recognized the mistake and threatened to cut us off if we didn't send the other 456 drives back. While there are other distributors, they had good prices, and hadn't shipped my new 8-port SATA controller yet, so we opted to comply. :-)