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Stupidest support calls

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by ade1982, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    There are a few topics like this with anecdotes, but I didn't see any recent ones.

    Any stories of stupid support calls, aside from the didn't plug it in/turn it on.

    My latest one (and they most involve the same woman):

    Got called into a meeting room because there was no network connectivity to a laptop. Checked the cable, took the laptop and plugged it in to a known working connection. Looked at the network card and the metal external housing is bent. Look inside the port and two of the pins are bent. She had only jammed a USB cable into the port and ripped the guts out of it. I only know she had did it, as I caught her almost doing it before. She's actually had to have proper sit down training to do it correctly.

    Now because it's a shared laptop, I can't go and accuse her of doing it, but I got the usual "I don't know who could have done that", and denial of all knowledge. Fortunately I was able to pick up a USB-Serial convertor on Amazon, and was going to shield it from the boss. But instead I wrote on the petty cash slip "Bought because, as usual, someone has gone an damaged a laptop through stupidity."

    Any good ones? (By the way, this is clearly me just venting)
  2. BB88

    BB88 Kilobyte Poster Gold Member

    We had a support call of an issue with a Wireless Mouse not working correctly, reported by a teacher. Upon entering the classroom, the teacher was "using" the Wireless Mouse in the air and getting very agitated much to the delight of the students. I explained that it requires a surface underneath it for it to recognise mouse movement, trying to keep a straight face... Teachers, I dunno.
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  3. andylad9

    andylad9 Byte Poster

    I've recieved emails saying their emails don't work?!
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  4. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster

    Replace 'teacher' with 'vet' and I've had exactly the same scenario..!
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  5. RichyV

    RichyV Megabyte Poster

    On another occasion, I was speaking to a vet who was having problems with their appointment system within our software. This scenario happened occasionally and there had been a fix programmed for this very 'feature'.

    To run the fix, the user was directed to the UNIX command-line to type in a 'one-liner', this then would run a script to fix the aforementioned problem.

    They were already concerned (due to them believing it was caused by something they did) and had become almost hysterical by the time we got around to typing the command in (as their boss was due in any second)!

    It all completely fell apart when she told me that "...something was terribly wrong..." and "...the system must have 'crashed'...", the proof of this fact?
    Her command line usually came up in a white font on a red background, today it was blue!
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
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  6. jamesclimax

    jamesclimax Nibble Poster

    From a laptop user, I once got -

    Me - "I need you to now press ENTER''
    User - "Which one is ENTER"

    and another one -

    Me - "Can you press TAB please?"
    User - "By TAB do you mean ENTER?"
    Me - "er no, by TAB I mean TAB"

    So glad i'm off the Service Desk now
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  7. dales

    dales Terabyte Poster

    Not exactly stupid but the one that springs to mind for me is in a previous life I got a phone call saying a users pc had stopped working so I attended. On arrival I commented on how hot it was in their office and on further investigation found the user had rested a portable heater on the network cable and as the heater was pumping out hell itself, it had melted through the cable!!!
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  8. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

    When I worked on a service desk I had a dental practice in some remote part of Ireland complaining their PCs kept turning off over night. 2 engineers visits later it was still happening as they couldn't find a problem. These engineers had to stay over night due to the remote location. Some how this problem appeared on my desk. Upon checking the event logs I proceeded to tell them what time they had gone home every day for the previous week. They were actually shutting down the PC via start shutdown and were confused how it had switched off without them pressing the power button :blink
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  9. alexdc12

    alexdc12 Kilobyte Poster

    i installed a 2nd monitor at a users desk while she was off, the next day she called me up and said its not working ive got nothing coming up on either screens, she said the lights are on i said are all connections secure, she said yea so i said ok ill come up, get up there and she hadnt turned the laptop on!
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  10. Boffy

    Boffy Megabyte Poster

    Holy cow, and I thought my users were hard work!

    Nice stories guys. I generally get the normal ones - projector won't switch on (power sitting on the desk), remote won't work (batteries wrong way round), Can't find "Start" on Windows 7...

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  11. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    I remember when I was going through school, and taking an interest in IT, I read quite an amusing one in PCFormat (is that still going?!)

    Guy on a tech support desk for Time (when Time computers were running), got a support call that the user's cup holder wasn't working. He was a bit confused and assumed it was a promotional item, which they didn't cover. When they said it was attached to the computer, he sort of realised that this person had been ejecting the CD-ROM tray and parking her cup of coffee on it.
  12. kishmbee

    kishmbee Bit Poster

    One of the user complained that his coffee-cup holder was not working, I thought, what does this coffee-cup holder has to do with his system, and then I was told that he has been using the DVD tray as coffee-cup holder all his life.
  13. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    Did you just copy my post directly above :biggrin
  14. arnold

    arnold Bit Poster

    One problem that stands out for me above the others is that in our meeting room, a very senior manager didn't know how to pull down the projector screen. Hanging on the wall with a big handle with string attached to it, she thought it was electric! When I said it was manual and you just pull it down, she asked me to show her how lol. Also she couldn't turn on the projector despite the big red button being labelled 'on'. I'm amazed these people can become senior management.
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  15. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    Probably slept her way to the top :D

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