The Stupidity That Powers Itself

, , , , , | Right | March 7, 2019

Me: “Hello! Thank you for calling [Tech Support]. This is [My Name]; how may I help you?”

Customer: “My computer will not turn on. I press the power button and nothing happens.”

Me: “All right. Is the computer plugged in?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “Okay. What is the computer plugged in to?”

Customer: “You need to ask that?”

Me: “The last guy tried to plug the computer into his toaster.”

Customer: “It’s plugged into my power strip.”

Me: “Okay. What is this power strip plugged into?”

Customer: *pause* “The power strip.”

Me: “Sir, it’s a fire hazard to have more than one power strip’s worth of devices plugged into one socket.”

Customer: “No… I only have one power strip. Sorry, I’m a dumba**.”

Me: “That’s not as uncommon a mistake as you might expect, sir.”

(I actually keep track of this call, and when I get it, I tell them how many other people make this mistake. I am up to 62.)

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