i was working for a small computer repair shop in 2005. we take calls from corporate morons who just "want their computers to go" as tech support for like $50 an hour.
one particular day i'm fixing a computer. just mozying around minding my own business enjoying my seclusion in the far back of what used to be a bank, and has been retrofitted to be a computer repair shop. the phone rings.
me: xxxx shop, how can i help you?
mr cust: hi, i can't get my computer to power on today, i came in and it just will not power on no matter what i do.
(we got this call once a day at least, the guy left his computer on the night before, and the janitor performed a hard shut off via the power supply switch.
Me: ohhk, not a problem sir, if you'll look behind the computer there is a switch that....
mr. cust: no the switch is on the front, i'm pressing it and nothing's happening, not even a blink.
me: are you sure there's no switch on the back? could you check for me real quick?
Mr. cust: look, the computer is buried in my desk under piles of crap i'm not getting it out when i know there's no switch on it.
(at this point i become very calm. i kick my feet up, i get comfortable, i begin playing with the curly qs in the phone line. it's his ass if he's going to be an opulent prick.)
me: ok sir, so long as you're sure.
Mr. cust: so what do i do?
me: well lets try a couple of things. do you have a power strip?
mr. cust: yes.
me: well lets switch that out and see if perhaps you caught a surge in the night and it's gone bad.
mr. cust:(sigh) ok.
10 minutes later...
ok, i got the surge protector hooked up, what do i do now?
Me: go ahead and turn it on
mr. cust: (sigh) it's still not working.
me: OK. your power strip is probably fine, i would put the old one back on then, so we'll keep our variables controlled.
mr. cust: o....k....(sigh)
10 minutes later...
me: Ok, is your monitor coming on?
mr. Cust: yes, the little light is on but it says "NO SIGNAL."
me: oh! i know just the thing then. do you have an extra power cable?
mr. cust: what's that?
me: oh that's the black cable going from the back of your power supply to the power strip.
mr. cust: no i don't have an extra.
me: ok, well you'll need to get one, you can probably borrow one from someone else's computer momentarily.
mr. cust: be right back (sighing in background)
5 minutes later...
Mr. Cust: ok, i've got the cable, now what?
me: well you're going to have to pull the computer out to plug it into the back
Mr. cust: ugh....ok, fine i guess if i have to.
me: i'll wait (begin whistling)
(rustling on phone line followed by "click." then the hum of the computer powering on and finally "sonofabitch.")
mr. cust: uhm...you know it works all of a sudden, i'm getting another call *CLICK.
me: awww bad day douchebag? maybe next time you'll listen.