A Backhanded Way To Troll The Boss

, , , , | Working | August 23, 2020

I am a new hire as a network engineer. I am working on configuring a replacement switch with another new engineer and our superior. My laptop is connected to the switch and, due to a disability to my right arm, I have my laptop in lefthanded mode.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Cisco operating system, it is a command-line interface only system, highlighting text automatically copies it and right-clicking pastes text into the command prompt. Unfortunately, with my mouse buttons swapped, left-clicking is not the paste action.

My superior goes to check our work, but when he forgets that my mouse buttons are swapped and several times pastes a bunch of text into the command prompt. This either results in a bunch of error messages or possibly overwrites configurations with incorrect ones. After a few accidental left-clicks, he’s getting noticeably frustrated.

Superior: “God d*** it! Are you trolling me more something?”

Me: “No! I swear, I’m not a troll; I’m just left-handed!”

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