This season, The Office aired an episode called “Surplus.” The surplus would allow Michael’s team to get new chairs or a new copier. Throughout the course of the episode, various employees were seen using, or attempting to use, the copier.
I was on Team Copier.
At every office I have ever worked in, there have always been printer/copier issues. It’s out of ink. The toner exploded and someone is trailing little blue footprints through the office. The paper jammed and there’s no way to follow the “illustration” to unjam it. Mainly becase the doors that the illustration are pointing to aren’t, in fact, on this particular model.
And so every day it’s a guessing game. Every day it’s “is that printer working today?” And every day the answer is either “ha! no” or “Yes–wait–it just crapped out.”
What’s this all about? My theory, and this is a bare bones theory at best, is that the printer/copier conglomerates are planning to avoid needing an economic bailout by providing printers/copiers that only mostly work. Sure, you can get a few good print jobs about them. Maybe a few Excel spreadsheets or a couple of emails. Maybe a few color palettes or runway shots from Fashion Week.
But then, just when you are least expecting it, disaster strikes and you’re left staring, dumbfounded, wondering which paper tray is “empty” when you just filled each tray with paper. And then, inevitably, a coworker will walk in and assume that either A) you’ve caused the problem or B) you’ll be fixing the problem. Even if there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that you can even begin to detect what’s wrong because after reading instruction pages 1-7, you still can’t depict which flap needs to be opened.
On second thought, maybe I’m Team Chair. I mean, if I can’t beat the system, I might as well be comfortable while I’m fighting it.