Heck, we're just happy it didn't burst into flames

User marches up to this IT pilot fish's desk with a piece of equipment in her hand -- and she's clearly not happy.

"She told me, 'IT gave me this surge protector a couple weeks ago and it doesn't work,'" fish says. "Despite the obvious questions forming in my mind, I reached out and took the surge and gave it a physical inspection.

"I know it's possible to receive pieces of faulty hardware every now and then, but there was no obvious physical damage -- no burn marks, cut cable, bent plug or anything like that.

"When I flicked the on/off switch, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a look of shock slowly forming on her face.

"She took back the surge protector back from me and said, 'You know that I'm blonde.' You and Ms. Clairol..."

Sharky's hoping for a surge of new stories this week. So send me your true tales of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You'll get a stylish Shark shirt every time I use one. Add your comments below, and read some great old tales in the Sharkives.

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