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    T-Minus Five Seconds Until YouTube

    , | Portland, OR, USA |

    (A student needed a stack of VHS tapes converted to DVD.  The first couple tapes were nothing special but the third  looked like the camera had been set up in a hotel room. The three of us working in the lab were wondering if it was even her tape until we saw the student sit down on the bed.  Then she laid back. Then someone else stepped into the frame and started taking off her shirt.  I ran to the phone to call the student while a crowd gathered in front of the computer.)

    Me: “Hi, this is *** from the lab. ¬†We’re working on your tapes right now but we’re not quite sure about one of them.”

    Her: “What do you mean?”

    Me: “Well, one of them seems like it might have slipped into the stack accidentally.”

    Her: “One of mine? Wha–OH MY GOD! ¬†The sex tape?!”

    Me: “That’s what it looks like.”

    Her: “Oh my god! Just box it up and hide it. ¬†I’ll be right down to pick it up!”

    Me: “I’ll pull it right away.”

    Her: “Please, don’t let anyone else watch it!”

    *people cheer excitedly in the back of the lab*

    Me: “Don’t worry, ma’am. I’ve already shut it off.”

    Just Wanted To Be Extra Extra Sure

    , | Pittsburgh, PA, USA |

    (The power went out on campus. We have generator power in some parts of the school, particularly where I am. Then, an admin assistant calls…)

    Me: “Help Desk, this is ***, how can I help you?”

    Admin Assistant: “How can I shut my computer off?”

    Me: “Okay. The beeping you hear in your room is a UPS. It’s going to keep your computer powered on for only about 19 minutes at best, so it’s good you called. Go into your Start menu and shut your computer down through the shut down option.

    Admin Assistant: “Okay, where?”

    Me: *explains how to shut down a computer*

    Admin Assistant: “I don’t see where you’re talking about.”

    Me: “Okay, do you see your computer screen?”

    Admin Assistant: “No, it’s dark in here. It’s dark everywhere. The power went out.”

    Me: “Yes, I know. It’s out all over campus. ”

    Admin Assistant: “Yeah, so I can’t see anything in here. My computer is off.”

    Me: “Okay… your computer is off? Then why did you call? What do you need?”

    Admin Assistant: “I don’t know. I just wanted to know how to shut my computer down.”

    (I’m not kidding. This really happened. I’ve read similar stories on other web sites. But this is actually what happened to me when I was working a university help desk. Computer Science department, no less.)

    Procrastinology, B.S.

    | Bloomington, IN, USA |

    Dorm resident: “Hi. What’s the policy on moving out? When do we have to be out by?”

    Me: “Saturday morning by 10 AM, at the latest. We’d really prefer if you could make arrangements to be out sooner, though.”

    Dorm resident: “Well…what about later than that?”

    Me: “I’m sorry, that’s not possible. We’re starting a rather large remodeling project that’s on a very tight schedule. They need to get started that morning. If you are here past 10, you’ll be charged the improper checkout fee.”

    Dorm resident: “So…what about, like, 10:30?”

    Me: “Uhh…that’s later than 10, isn’t it? If you want to get very technical about it, you’d be guilty of trespassing at that point, and the police would be helping you move out.”

    (For the record, that’s not entirely true, but we’ve been encouraged to say that to convince the little darlings to get out.)

    Dorm resident: “Well, that’s just not fair! What if it’s an emergency?”

    Me: “You’re planning to have an emergency over a week in advance?”

    Dorm resident: “F**k you.”

    Fortunately, Stupidity Is Not Tax Deductible

    | Houston, TX, USA |

    (During a heated debate in my Sociology class about the pros and cons of immigration, the discussion turned to illegal immigration.)

    Student: “I pay my taxes. If I have to pay sales tax, I think they should too!”

    Tampax, Kayaks, Same Thing

    | Hill Country, TX, USA |

    (I work at a place that provides kayaks, hiking/climbing gear, canoes, and inner tubes for students at our university.)

    Young Woman: “Hi, I need deodorant and a tampon.”

    Me: “Um, we don’t have those here.”

    Young Woman: “What do you mean?”

    Me: “This is the Outdoor Center. We provide outdoor recreational equipment for students.”

    Young Woman: “Well I’m a student, I’m outside, and I need deodorant and a tampon!”

    (About this time my co worker looks up with a look on her face of WTF?!)

    Me: “Yeah…those don’t come with kayaks or canoes.”

    Young Woman: “They should!”

    (I walk off to let my female coworker take over this one.)


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