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    | Ontario, Canada |

    (A customer in the self-serve copy area calls over for help.)

    Me: “What is it that you need help with?”

    Customer: “I don’t know how to make double sided copies.”

    (I see that he has two single sided sheets.)

    Me: “Okay, so first, put your pages in the feeder, face up. Then, under double sided copying, we’re going to select 1 sided to 2 sided.”

    Customer: “No, it should be 2 sided to 1 since we have 2 pages and want to make 1 page.”

    Me: “No, the numbers tell the copier how many sides the paper is, not how many pieces of paper you want. We have a single sided original and we want to make a double sided copy. 1-2.”

    Customer: “Are you sure?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Customer: “No, it’s 2-1.”

    (The customer presses 2-1 and hits start. The copier scans both sides of this single sided originals and charges him for 4 copies instead of 2.)

    Me: “Wait, no–”

    Customer: “Yes, see? I was right!”

    Me: “No, look…you weren’t.”

    (The customer picks up his copies to see 4 pieces of paper, two of which are blank.)

    Customer: “Hey, they came out wrong.”

    Me: “Yep, because the setting was supposed to be 1-2.”

    Customer: “Can I get a refund for them?”

    Me: “No.”

    Customer: “Why not?”

    Me: “Because you asked me for help. When I told you how to do it, you didn’t listen to me.”

    Customer: “But they came out wrong!”

    Me: “They came out wrong because you used the wrong setting after I told you what the correct setting was. I’m sorry, I can’t refund you.”

    Customer: “So the setting is 1-2 then?”