Plot twist: in this one, I am the Client From Hell …
Me: I don’t know what
happened, but my computer just shut off. First all the programs, then the whole
were you doing right before that happened?
replying to an email.
I’ll be right there and take a look at it.
He comes to the office, sits down at my
desk, switches the computer back on and – it works just fine. He does some more
checks I don’t really understand, then shrugs.
can’t seem to find any problem. It works for now, but let me know if it happens
I thank him, he gets up, I sit back
down, ready to go back to work – and it starts happening
again!! Fortunately, he’s still standing right next to me. He looks at the
computer for a moment, then he checks something under the desks – and he comes
back up laughing. He’d just solved the mystery:
To sit more comfortably I use one of
these footstools. Today, my colleague who sits next to me, had put her bag
under the desk. Somehow during work I must have moved the footstool a little –
I pushed it into the bag, and the bag pressed the computer’s power switch.
basically, my computer shut off because I shut it off. With my feet. And my footstool. And my colleague’s
I apologized at least three times, and
his next coffee was on me.