I used to send these out by e-mail and in fact have a huge Word document full of the best ones which I recieved regularly… they seemed to have waned of late, which is a shame. This one has been around for ages (I’m sure Word Perfect went phut eons ago) and I was reminded of it today in an e-mail from our technical advisor at the shoot. Frankly amazed that he can even use a computer, I thought I had to share it.
Most of these stories, like the Darwin awards, profess to be true, but may at least be apocryphal: who cares, as long as they put a smile on your face.
So, allegedly a true story from the Word Perfect Helpline, which was transcribed from a recording monitoring the customer care department. Needless to say the Help Desk employee was fired; however, he/she is currently suing the Word Perfect organization for “Termination without Cause”.
Operator: “Ridge Hall, computer assistance; may I help you?”
Caller: “Yes, well, I’m having trouble with WordPerfect.”
Operator: “What sort of trouble??”
Caller: “Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words
Operator: “Went away?”
Caller: “They disappeared.”
Operator: “Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?”
Caller: “It’s blank; it won’t accept anything when I type.”
Operator: “Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out??”
Caller: “How do I tell?”
Operator: “Can you see the C: prompt on the screen??”
Caller: “What’s a sea-prompt?”
Operator: “Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?”
Caller: “There isn’t any cursor: I told you, it won’t accept anything I
Operator: “Does your monitor have a power indicator??”
Caller: “What’s a monitor?”
Operator: “It’s the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV.
Does it have a little light that tells you when it’s on??”
Caller: “I don’t know.”
Operator: “Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the
power cord goes into it. Can you see that??”
Caller: “Yes, I think so.”
Operator: “Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it’s
plugged into the wall.
Caller: “Yes, it is.”
Operator: “When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there
were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one??”
Operator: “Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find
the other cable.”
Caller: “Okay, here it is.”
Operator: “Follow it for me, and tell me if it’s plugged securely into
the back of your computer.”
Caller: “I can’t reach.”
Operator: “Uh huh. Well, can you see if it is??”
Operator: “Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way
Caller: “Oh, it’s not because I don’t have the right angle – it’s
because it’s dark.”
Caller: “Yes – the office light is off, and the only light I have is
coming in from the window.”
Operator: “Well, turn on the office light then.”
Caller: “I can’t.”
Operator: “No? Why not??”
Caller: “Because there’s a power failure.”
Operator: “A power… A power failure? Aha, Okay, we’ve got it licked
now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff your
computer came in??”
Caller: “Well, yes, I keep them in the closet.”
Operator: “Good. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just
like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought
Caller: “Really? Is it that bad?”
Operator: “Yes, I’m afraid it is.”
Caller: “Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them??”
Operator: “Tell them you’re too *@%#ing stupid to own a computer.
The twist in the tale? True or not, you know this sort of thing does happen in a home near you, every day. Anyone else prepared to admit to a bit of technological stupidity? Names will be witheld to protect pride. Unless it’s too good to resist of course!