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purplemoose84
10-21-2008, 04:02 AM
I still work at the Orange Box Giant Home Improvement Warehouse. This story is from my old co-worker and friend before I quit ( and ended up back at evil orange box again...damn student loans)...

Me= flooring and decor goddess!
J= worked in electrical was a retired master electrician that had work for NC State Gov't for like 30yrs.

Me:Hey J you doing ok today you look a little frazzled

J: I .. I ... Moose these people scare me...
Me: the customers the coworkers or both?

J: the customers...

Me: why, what happened?

J: they don't listen... they don't even know what a fuse box (aka break box) is and they don't have they labeled ... *he paused* he didn't even understand why he had to turn off the breaker to put the ceiling fan in....

Me: what a dumb ass

J: Moose.... I think these people are gonna go home and electrocute themselves I don't think there's any helping them!

Me: Welcome to the Depot J!

TheComputerError
10-21-2008, 04:58 AM
Thin the herd with delicious electricity!

Irving Patrick Freleigh
10-22-2008, 01:50 AM
J: they don't listen... they don't even know what a fuse box (aka break box) is and they don't have they labeled ... *he paused* he didn't even understand why he had to turn off the breaker to put the ceiling fan in....

Me: what a dumb ass

J: Moose.... I think these people are gonna go home and electrocute themselves I don't think there's any helping them!



Now why would we want to help somebody who does stuff like that? :devil:

Evil Queen
10-22-2008, 02:33 AM
Been there. Done that.

Hurt like a freaking :censored: :censored: !!!

But hey... if they're too stupid to cut off the power after being told to... their fault, right?

bunnyboy
10-22-2008, 10:59 AM
But hey... if they're too stupid to cut off the power after being told to... their fault, right?

of Course not EQ, you know that to an SC their own stupidity is not a factor and it's all your fault for not telling them the bleeding obvious...

I'm for tort reform that would let us all play, "Natural Selection" the fun game where the intelligent survive and the stupid die.

Evil Queen
10-22-2008, 11:03 AM
Natural Selection! Fun for the whole family!

Bliss
10-22-2008, 11:09 PM
Ah well I'm normally good, really good with electricity and I take a lot of precautions... the only two times I've had some shocks was when trying to adjust the times on my car a little while it was running. The rotor was grounding (hence the loss of power) and I became a nice ground path...

The second, was entirely my fault... I decided to take appart a disposable camera, to get a few parts from it..... I forgot the flash was charged, and I was using a full metal screwdriver..... discharged the flash caps thorough me.. the entry point had a small circular burn that lasted two friggin weeks (and I'm a fast healer)... and my hand was numb for about 3 minutes.....

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wanderingjoe72
10-24-2008, 12:45 AM
Thing is, it can be done. Me and my dad installed one a month or so ago. Left the power on and everything. You just need to be aware of what lines are hot and which ones can be touched at the same time.

What makes it fun are the people that have no clue and don't try to find out. Let the thinning begin.

PepperElf
10-25-2008, 07:01 AM
bah. electrical shocks are FUN, what are you talking about?

(lol just kidding!)

DGoddessChardonnay
10-28-2008, 11:34 PM
Natural Selection! Fun for the whole family!

And probably found on the shelf in the board games section of your favorite store right beside "Don't Whizz on the Electric Fence."

Brought to you by Blamm-O, the makers of "Log.":p

Bella_Vixen
10-30-2008, 03:04 AM
No, Sir, I don't like it.

Imogene
11-06-2008, 04:39 AM
And probably found on the shelf in the board games section of your favorite store right beside "Don't Whizz on the Electric Fence."

Brought to you by Blamm-O, the makers of "Log.":p

What was that quote I heard?
"Three kinds of people in the world: those that learn by doing, those that learn by watching, and those that read enough not to pee on the electrical fence..."? Something like that...

roguesqd
11-13-2008, 12:10 PM
We had a guy call and complain that his light fixture was defective because everytime he put his finger in the socket it shocked him, he had done this quite a few times to make sure.

My dept manager looked at him and told him Well don't put your finger in there

depechemodefan
11-13-2008, 05:14 PM
Some months ago my uncle helped us to install ceiling fans. I was going to turn off the lights at the breaker but he said don't worry about that. We just have to not flip the switch was we install the fans.

We didn't get shocked, so maybe he was doing something else not to get shocked.

PepperElf
11-21-2008, 02:56 PM
hey.... a little 60hz shuffle never hurt anyone.... ;)

oy i hope they don't die.

but... at least they'll come out of it with a healthy fear of electricity. nothing quite like taking a shock first thing in the morning. :) ... yeah i've had shocks... 115/400hz is not yummy on the skin.

poisoned_flowers
12-15-2008, 08:42 PM
I actually nearly electrocuted myself by being an idiot once. I went to plug a hotplate into a wall outlet, not thinking that the wires were exposed. Touched the wires and literally knocked myself out of my chair. My entire arm was numb for an hour.

Bandit
12-15-2008, 11:28 PM
Open TV (powered on for adjustment) + flyback transformer + metal screwdriver = one numb arm and one screwdriver accidentally flung across the room and stuck in the other wall.

I'm truly surprised that I survived my youth.

B

mattm04
12-16-2008, 04:30 AM
Last winter we had a bad roof leak. Water going all over a few of the register check stands. We need to mop/vacuum it up. While I keep customers at bay while the MOD gos to shut off the power when a CW decides to get closer to investigate.

Just because the monitor shorted out doesn't mean the power to it and the belt motor and light is off. They got a little shock, little begin thrown back to the ground.

Difdi
12-21-2008, 01:52 PM
The OP reminds me of a conversation I overheard in home depot once...

This elderly guy with a thick eastern european accent was arguing with one of the clerks. The clerk clearly knew his stuff, but the elderly guy was apparently convinced the clerk was trying to pull a fast one on him, and was having none of it.

What did the old guy want to do, you ask? Well, you see, his RV had a 230v heavy duty plug to connect an outside power supply to the RV; He wanted an adapter so he could plug it into his house, which was 115v. He was absolutely convinced that electricity was electricity, and all he needed was an adapter to make the plugs fit. :eek:

It won't work, period. But it's not too bad, the worst that will happen is he'll trip his circuit breaker and he'll be back in a few hours claiming the clerk sold him defective merchandise. I edged into the conversation to back up the clerk and try to explain why it wouldn't work (hey, I work with this sort of thing). I offered to build him an adapter so his plug would fit into the dryer power supply (which would work) but he wasn't having any of it.

That's when the old guy dropped the scary bomb. Seems he actually had a generator to hook the cable up to...that the plug fit into just fine. But he also wanted an adapter so he could plug his TV into that port... :eek:

He eventually wandered off, muttering angrily under his breath...I can only hope he eventually believed one of the clerks (or someone) or that latter project of his could have gotten messy...