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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Quote Originally Posted by NeoMatrix View Post
    ... Reading the threads in this post brought back a few old memories...
    Without getting into the dritty details. I've had the opportunity to work in a few different places.


    About the only thread where I haven't serviced a machine is down in a nuclear bunker.

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    Not a copier but way way back when I used to have to service typewriters in nuclear weapons storage bunkers. The missiles and warheads were stored there when the subs were in port. The missiles had to have routine service done. And the paperwork had to be typed. So call in the technician to fix the typewriters when they broke. Not too bad but had to have an escort at all times when on that base. The machines were more than two miles away from the gate so my escort and I got into my car after inspection by security. One time I needed some parts that were in my trunk. So got up and went out to my car while my escort was busy reading the magazines and did not see me leave. I did not realize he wasn't there either. Not a whole lot of fun having a pair of marine guards with m-14's pointed at you saying "Do not move stay right where you are" Or the few times when the base had a missing nuclear materials alert, drill. Every bunker had a cell where visitors were held during the drill. As part of the security procedures in place for visitors that were not cleared by extensive background investigations. Most of the time the drills lasted 15 to 30 minutes. But there was one time I spent five hours while they ran an extended drill. After that particular fiasco the company I worked for required the base carry the typewriters to a building outside the restricted area for any repairs or routine servicing on the ten machines they had in the bunkers. Oh yeah the base tried to refuse to pay for the time I was held in the cell because I wasn't actually working on the typewriter.


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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    East Tennessee in USA; down inside of zinc mines. Inside the garage of an armored car service right beside where bundles of shrink-wrapped US currency is stacked on rolling carts to be loaded for transport. US Dept. of Energy classified sites in Oak Ridge (several good stories from there that I won't relate, because then...I'd have to kill all of you.)


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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Most of the locations are covered for me as well..but i did once go in a big bank(pretty standard) to PM an 7255.
    After half an hour trying to verify my credentials i finished my job nice and easy and left.Jokes on me for forgetting my laptop bag back in there.
    By the time i got back the cops where waiting to arrest me for a POSSIBLY EXPLOSIVE MECHANISM.
    Trying to explain to the police you are just an innocent tech and not part of ISIS is not fun at all.

    I don't like the new copier I just bought. It says "put face down" but every time I do it, it blinds my eyes.

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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    How about in a disabled toilet in a gym! customer couldn't see anything wrong with that setup


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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Quote Originally Posted by acfife View Post
    How about in a disabled toilet in a gym! customer couldn't see anything wrong with that setup

    was there a network server in there?


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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil B. View Post
    was there a network server in there?
    Several users logged on and off there!


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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Quote Originally Posted by acfife View Post
    Several users logged on and off there!




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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Customer's town house. Snow white and I mean it was whiter than the paper, carpet around copier. It was take shoes off at the door white. It was one speck of toner would show up like a sore thumb white. It was the only thing whiter is heaven. She wanted it cleaned and I better not drop anything onto her perfect carpet white. She requested I roll the copier into her bathroom (which was huge) and not service it on white carpet. Happy to oblige in this case. I don't imagine I will ever see anything that white again, if I ever go back, I'm bringing sunglasses. Who has pure white carpet in the first place?

    Remember, it's a tough world out there, you've got to watch out for number 1, and make sure you don't step on number 2.

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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Gambling Casino cashiers vault. There are 3 security doors. No one may enter wearing jackets, etc. There are stinking cameras all around. Normally I enter with guard, take coat off at first door and enter through last two doors with no coat. The coat stays between 1st and 2nd door. New security guard trying to impress me. He refused to open 1st door with my jacket on. I told him to radio their control center to tell them coat will come off between the doors. He declined and told me to leave my coat on a public chair. I told him either bring the copier to me or radio in. He declined both. I started to leave. Got about 5 feet from the exit and he asked where I was going. I told him that when the copier isn't working and someone calls in pissed I would politely tell them that Officer "Smith" told me I couldn't service it because he was too pig headed lazy to radio into the control center. He radioed in and I got my way. Funny, I don't think he lasted more than 3 months there.

    Remember, it's a tough world out there, you've got to watch out for number 1, and make sure you don't step on number 2.

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    Re: Most interesting copier location

    Quote Originally Posted by tonerhead View Post
    Gambling Casino cashiers vault. There are 3 security doors. No one may enter wearing jackets, etc. There are stinking cameras all around. Normally I enter with guard, take coat off at first door and enter through last two doors with no coat. The coat stays between 1st and 2nd door. New security guard trying to impress me. He refused to open 1st door with my jacket on. I told him to radio their control center to tell them coat will come off between the doors. He declined and told me to leave my coat on a public chair. I told him either bring the copier to me or radio in. He declined both. I started to leave. Got about 5 feet from the exit and he asked where I was going. I told him that when the copier isn't working and someone calls in pissed I would politely tell them that Officer "Smith" told me I couldn't service it because he was too pig headed lazy to radio into the control center. He radioed in and I got my way. Funny, I don't think he lasted more than 3 months there.
    Lots of fun when I worked on the very early computer terminals for NCIC. I mean this was back before tcip addressing. Yeah the terminals had hardwired switches for the address on dedicated telephone lines. Anyway like you I went out to do a repair. Now these machines were on 24 hour service contract. So if one broke we went even if it was three am. Well I had a call at a county jail. I get there and identify myself. Guard is not letting anyone in because it is after normal business hours and would not call the computer operator. I turned around went back outside into the lobby and call my dispatcher. And they call the operator of the computer terminal. She comes out and the guard still will not allow anyone to enter. I have two more calls to go to so I have the operator sign I was there and when and why I could not repair the terminal. After I get tot he second late call I get another call to return to the jail. Get there and same guard is still not letting me in. And we go through the same nonsense with the operator and get them to sign again with the same info at a different time. I left and get home. Once there I called dispatch and explained what went on. They told me they had another call from the state police head quarters and I was to meet a highway patrolman at the jail. We get there and idiot guard is still not letting me in because it is not "visiting hours" Well highway patrolman calls in and gets the sheriff on the line to the idiot guard. That was real fun explaining why I did not fix it on the first call to my boss. But luckily I did have the signed papers from the operator. And the call records to the dispatchers.


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