How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

Yesterday, I saved the world.

Well, the building, anyway. Er, the break room. Okay, the carpet in the break room.

I swung through the breakroom while shooting the bull with a coworker who was nuking up his lunch. The breakroom on this floor doesn't see a lot of use- the coffee is downstairs, so people only really come in for the vending machines- and the soda machine wasn't working anyway. Not a lot of foot traffic.

The lights were off, since it gets so little traffic, and out of the corner of my eye, I caught a flash in the corner of the room between the snack machine and the soda machine. It was a quick flash, but it was enough to draw my attention. It didn't happen again, but I flipped the lights on, to see if I could spot the source.

The reason the soda machine wasn't working was because there was a short in the power cable. The short had melted through the insulation, and was working on the carpet. There was a nice cone-shaped scorch mark radiating from the short on the cable.

Vending machine was unplugged, company was angrily called, and I get to claim credit for saving the world building break room carpet. Well, at least I prevented a fire.

I should see if that's worth a bonus.
Tags: adventures

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