Montgomery Scott’s Early Days At The Copy Shop

| | Right | April 3, 2008

Customer: “My son is locked out of the house and I need to send him the key!”

Me: “We can overnight the key and have it to him by 10:30am tomorrow morning. Shall we send the key to the neighbor’s house?”

Customer: “No, he needs it right now! Why can’t I just fax it?”

Me: “…Ma’am, you can’t fax a key.”

Customer: “Why not? He’s locked out and needs the key!”

Me: “Because a key is a three dimensional object, not a document.”

(Customer stares at me.)

Me: “Ma’am, is your fax machine in your house?”

Customer: “Yes!”

Me: “How will your son get into the house to get the key from the fax machine if he is locked out?”

Customer: “D*mn it! You’re right! Well, thanks for your time!”

Me: “I do what I can.”

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  • Trillium

    In a few years, when 3D printers will advance enough to make 3D faxes the roles in this story will reverse.

    • Zoha Khawaja

      The printer will still be inside the house though, so still pointless

    • Gabrielle R

      Eventually all keys will be fingerprint or electronic anyway so a physical key will not be needed