A newbie travels on his first-ever team assignment to upgrade a company’s networking equipment. During a break, the newbie happily accepts an employee's request to check out a faulty printer.
An initial look reveals the USB cable is connected, but the software doesn’t recognize the printer. Then the employee mentions Internet connection problems as well.
The techie pulls out the computer for closer examination and beholds a puzzling sight: The USB cable for the printer is plugged into the Ethernet port, and the Ethernet cable is in an open docking area (for added PCI cards in the rear of the case). The guard has been forcibly removed, and the Ethernet cord is resting in the open area, dangling inside the case.
The user explains: He needed more USB slots in the back and noticed an opening, so he changed connections. It didn't work at first, so he grabbed a hammer and pliers and made it fit. In his telling, he also reveals that he violated several company policies in the process.
The user gets fired and fined for his work, and the newbie learns that you can never guess where some people are coming from.