Saturday, January 17, 2004

This just in from Silicon:

Earlier this week a man walked into a department store in Kaiserslautern, Germany, carrying a computer he'd bought there that very day.

The man was very angry.

The sales staff asked him why he was angry.

The reason he was angry, explained the man, was that his new computer didn't work.

Oh dear, the sales staff said, that is a shame.

The helpful technical staff offered to examine the computer to determine the problem.

The man agreed.

The technical experts opened the PC, took a good look inside, ran a few diagnostic programs, analysed the results and after a quick debate identified the problem.

The reason the computer was not working, they concluded, was because someone had removed the circuitry and mechanical parts and replaced them with little potatoes.

How strange. Under the circumstances the shop's bemused staff did the only thing they could - they offered him a replacement machine, free of charge.

The man agreed, took the computer and with a brief "Danke" and "Auf Wiedersehen" went on his way, another satisfied customer.

But there's more...

Later the same day the same man returned to the shop carrying the replacement computer.

He was very angry.

The sales staff asked him why he was angry.

The man told them the replacement computer didn't work either and demanded a cash refund.

Once again the store's technical experts offered to take a look.

They opened the PC, ran a few more diagnostics, analysed the results and offered a conclusion.

The reason the replacement computer was not working was because someone had removed the circuitry and mechanical parts and replaced them with little potatoes.

At this point the pfennig (or cent) dropped and the quick-thinking sales staff decided something strange was afoot and called the Polizei.

The man was arrested.

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