Initially, the law partners did not know any better, so they had trusted a friend of one of the partners to provide a technology solution for their office environment. This friend designed, installed, and supported the serial-based network. He was given keys and unlimited access to the luxurious office to perform installations after hours.
Late one Saturday night, the police department noticed that the lights were on and there was activity in one of the high-rise buildings downtown. Since crime was virtually nonexistent in this community, especially in a building that was normally dark after hours, the police converged on the office to check into what may be a possible burglary in progress. With guns drawn, they entered the law office suite -- only to find the vendor and his girlfriend disrobed on the couch in the senior partner's office.
Needless to say, the law firm wanted a new technology partner and a new network. We were in the right place at the right time, we impressed them with our professionalism and experience, and we got the job.
This story, "Cleaning up after a networking vendor's bad behavior," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more crazy-but-true stories in the anonymous Off the Record blog at InfoWorld.com.