Yee-ouch!

This IT shop rolls out new software for the company's call center, and doesn't skimp on teaching the staff how to use it, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

Part of that extensive training includes careful instructions on not to use a particular key.

"Over 100 users were successfully trained and used the software with no issues," says fish. "But virtually every day we got a call about this user who had pressed the key we told them not to and kept having issues.

"In the end, his manager built a keyboard template for his computer with an up-turned thumbtack on the key he shouldn't use.

"Result: We no longer got any calls from that user. However, he was off for two weeks with a septic finger."

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