3.30.2009

And that other thing is NOT a cup-holder

So this one time at work a patron came up to me and said, "I'm trying to use one of the computers but it won't read my card." Then I went through the part where I ask the right questions and make sure they were typing in the right information, etc.

Patron: "No, I didn't TYPE in anything, I just put my card in and it won't read it."

Me: "Wait, you put your card in . . . where?"

Then I walk over and find a library card crammed into the floppy drive. And maybe get to spend 20 minutes trying to remove it.

This happens more frequently than you might imagine. Apparently the library's previous public computer system involved some sort of hardware on the computers where you inserted your library card. Which is the STUPIDEST IDEA IN THE WORLD, because it taught people to STICK NON-COMPUTER THINGS INTO COMPUTERS. And whoever thought of that needs to be killed, right alongside the dude who designed the mini-aisles in the chapels.

9 comments:

emandtrev said... [reply]

This reminds me of an experience with company hand-outs. Things like mugs, calendars, magnets, etc. were given to employees from time to time for things like the company anniversary, the opening of a new division, etc. The magnets, however, got the kybosh when IT (and many others) realized that some folks were slapping the magnets on the side of their computers.

Cafe Johnsonia said... [reply]

That should be on the fail blog. Seriously. Did you get a picture?

Lady Steed said... [reply]

Wow. That made me laugh out loud, thanks.

Z's Wife said... [reply]

I used to work in customer service for a Scrapbook Manufacturer. I was the assistant manager, so I'd have to field calls when people didn't get (or didn't WANT to get) what the previous agent was saying. You would not believe some of the stuff I heard people say they did.

For example, the company I worked at used to make magnetic cups that held things like pens or stamps. You know, light weight tools to keep at hand. I had a lady call and demand that I pay her a ridiculous amount of money because she had put irreplaceable and very valuable ceramic heirlooms in them that weighed far more than the little cup could handle... and it came unattached and busted her heirlooms to pieces. I have to admit that I put her on hold so I could laugh at her stupidity. I then told her to get real and that we're not responsible when there's a weight limit posted on the package... for idiots like her. I'm glad I'm just a stay at home mom now... that job made me too cynical to deal with anyone but children who don't understand me anyway.

Taren said... [reply]

okay, that is the stupidest thing i've heard all week. and i don't blame the library because people should know what a floppy drive is. I don't care if this is 2009, you should still know!

people are fun.

AmandaStretch said... [reply]

I'm with Taren. So I don't remember the last time I used a floppy drive, but I still remember what they are!

Giggles said... [reply]

People with technology are funny.

I was in the elevator yesterday and I realized that we (as a society, not we the smart individuals here on this blog) basically nag technology. You don't have to repeatedly push an elevator button to get it to come. But how many people do you see do that?

My computer doesn't even have a disk drive. How old are your computers?

goddessdivine said... [reply]

Um, some people are just retarded. End of story.

Sean said... [reply]

Was that why the County cards used to have those little chips in them? So the floppy drives could read them? :D

I actually got a County card last week, when I visited the Columbus Library as part of a class assigment, and I was disappointed that it was just a plain plastic card. No chip.

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