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    That Darned Cat

    | Texas, USA |

    (I work as a computer tech and do in house calls, I got a call one day and went to the customers house to assist with her computer not coming on.)

    Customer: “Thank god you’re here!”

    Me: “What’s wrong with the computer?”

    Customer: “It wont turn on at all, not even the monitor.”

    Me: “Okay…”

    (I begin to look at it, and it won’t come on at all, the tower or the monitor, so I check the easy things first. I find her power strip unplugged from the wall and plugged into itself. So I plug it into the wall and the computer magically comes on.)

    Me: “Okay, your problem was that your power strip was plugged into itself, and therefore did not have any power to the computer.”

    Customer: “How do you think that happened?”

    Me: “Well, I’m sure your foot got caught up in it and accidentally unplugged it from the wall, and then you saw a plug hanging there later and plugged it into the power strip.”

    Customer: “No, I don’t think that happened.”

    Me: “Well, I’m not sure as to what really happened, but that is what I think happened.”

    Customer: “I think my cat did it.”

    Me: “I’m sorry.”

    Customer: “I think my cat got back there and got caught up in it and unplugged it.”

    Me: “That’s possible…”

    Customer: “But how did it get plugged into itself?”

    Me: “I’m sure you saw it hanging there and plugged it into the power strip.”

    Customer: “No, I’m pretty sure the cat did that too.”

    Me: “I don’t think the cat can or did do that.”

    Customer: “Yeah he did…he does all kinds of stuff like that. One day I came home and he had turned the thermostat up.”

    (She was pointing at the thermostat which was on a wall with no way for the cat to get to it…and it was digital, so the cat would of had to push the button several times.)

    (That was just too funny, when I got back to the office and turned the work order in all the coworkers laughed because under problem description it said, “Cat unplugged power strip and plugged it into itself.”)

    (Since that day, every time we get a simple call we joke with each other and ask if the customer has a cat.)