Directions to use a Water Cooler



  • This happened in the midst of a sea (no pun intended) of developer cubicles...

    A sign on the water cooler: "To dispense water, press spigot handle down; Do NOT attempt to turn it!"

    Apparently, some genius had managed to unscrew it a turn or two and 5 gallons of water leaked onto and through the raised floor.

     



  • @snoofle said:

    This happened in the midst of a sea (no pun intended) of developer cubicles...

    A sign on the water cooler: "To dispense water, press spigot handle down; Do NOT attempt to turn it!"

    Apparently, some genius had managed to unscrew it a turn or two and 5 gallons of water leaked onto and through the raised floor.

     

     

    Photo of spigot plix.

     



  • Video or it didn't happen.

    (a reenactment will suffice)



  • It was a marketing guy, wasn't it?



  • @snoofle said:

    Apparently, some genius had managed to unscrew it a turn or two and 5 gallons of water leaked onto and through the raised floor.

    Hey, look, a watercooler luser!



  • @Zecc said:

    Video or it didn't happen.

    (a reenactment will suffice is preferred)


    FTFY



  • [Request for video/pix]

    Apparently whomever did it either couldn't read or chose to ignore the sign, as it "happened again". The next day, the water cooler was removed.



  • Replaced with a trough?

    The worst part about our water fountains here is the seat keeps falling on you when go for a drink.



  • @snoofle said:

    [Request for video/pix]
     

    What?

    no,

    wait,

    We're asking you to supply that imagery.

     

    Ok, look, was it like this one?

    Because then I can understand initial confusion as to the operation. UI error wins again.

    And I can also understand how two people happily talking are too busy to notice a stupid sheet of paper, and make the mistake a second (though separate) time. It probably wasn't the same person.



  • @dhromed said:

    Ok, look, was it like this one?

    Because then I can understand initial confusion as to the operation. UI error wins again.

    I have encountered that type many times and the only "confusion" I had was the very first time when I wasn't sure if I should push down or pull up on the handle.  It turns out that in most cases either way works just fine.  It never once occured to me to "turn" anything.  There are many shitty UIs but sometimes the real problem is stupid people.

     



  • @snoofle said:

    This happened in the midst of a sea (no pun intended) of developer cubicles...

    A sign on the water cooler: "To dispense water, press spigot handle down; Do NOT attempt to turn it!"

    Apparently, some genius had managed to unscrew it a turn or two and 5 gallons of water leaked onto and through the raised floor.

     

    So that's the famous "watercooler talk" you guys from the states keep talking about.

    It all makes sense now.

     



  • @dhromed said:

    @snoofle said:

    This happened in the midst of a sea (no pun intended) of developer cubicles...

    A sign on the water cooler: "To dispense water, press spigot handle down; Do NOT attempt to turn it!"

    Apparently, some genius had managed to unscrew it a turn or two and 5 gallons of water leaked onto and through the raised floor.

     

     

    Photo of spigot plix.

     



  • @C-Octothorpe said:

    It was a marketing guy, wasn't it?

    I submit that this only happens in offices full of tech people.  Business and marketing and admin types will work the spigot the way it's supposed to be worked, but only someone who's been exposed to one UI WTF after another would even think of a way of operating it in a manner that not only won't achieve the desired effect (really, the only effect such a device is meant to have), but that will actually disable the device while simultaneously causing collateral damage to everything in its immediate vicinity.

     



  • @El_Heffe said:

    I have encountered that type many times and the only "confusion" I had was the very first time when I wasn't sure if I should push down or pull up on the handle.  It turns out that in most cases either way works just fine.  It never once occured to me to "turn" anything.  There are many shitty UIs but sometimes the real problem is stupid people.
     

    Dunno, this particular handle really looks like it's supposed to be turned.



  • This is why all water dispensing equipment should have a grate nearby. You will get leaks, might as well plan for them.



  • @El_Heffe said:

    I have encountered that type many times and the only "confusion" I had was the very first time when I wasn't sure if I should push down or pull up on the handle.  It turns out that in most cases either way works just fine.  It never once occured to me to "turn" anything.  There are many shitty UIs but sometimes the real problem is stupid people.

     

    FTFY



  •  what is it with americans and needing access to water EVERYWHERE - why not tea?



  • @Helix said:

     what is it with americans and needing access to water EVERYWHERE - why not tea?

    Well, to be fair, you need water to make tea. So who is to say that we aren't making tea?



  • @dohpaz42 said:

    Well, to be fair, you need water to make tea. So who is to say that we aren't making tea?
     

    Cold water.

    That is some really shitty tea.



  • @Helix said:

     what is it with americans and needing access to water EVERYWHERE - why not tea?

    Because tea tastes like crap.



  • @Sutherlands said:

    @Helix said:

     what is it with americans and needing access to water EVERYWHERE - why not tea?

    Because tea tastes like crap.

    American offices have coffee robots, like these:

    My office has one of those Starbucks robots, and one from Tully's (which I can't find a photo of online.) Microsoft buildings (where the photo was taken, according to the cup) generally have at least 2 on each floor.

    Anyway, when you have robots that make coffee in nearly every office, you know you're in the future.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Sutherlands said:

    @Helix said:

     what is it with americans and needing access to water EVERYWHERE - why not tea?

    Because tea tastes like crap.

    American offices have coffee robots, like these:

    </jealous>

    @blakeyrat said:

    Anyway, when you have robots that make coffee in nearly every office, you know you're in the future.

    Now we just need our flying cars; or, at least a flying Delorean.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Sutherlands said:

    @Helix said:

     what is it with americans and needing access to water EVERYWHERE - why not tea?

    Because tea tastes like crap.

    American offices have coffee robots, like these:


    My office has one of those Starbucks robots, and one from Tully's (which I can't find a photo of online.) Microsoft buildings (where the photo was taken, according to the cup) generally have at least 2 on each floor.

    Anyway, when you have robots that make coffee in nearly every office, you know you're in the future.

     

     In UK we call those 'coffee machines' 

     



  • @dhromed said:

    @dohpaz42 said:

    Well, to be fair, you need water to make tea. So who is to say that we aren't making tea?
     

    Cold water.

    That is some really shitty tea.

    The water dispenser at my work is similar to this one:



    Three taps: hot, tepid and cold. Though the "hot" tap doesn't really get hot enough for real tea (maybe 90°C) so we have a separate kettle for that. As well as an espresso/cappuccino machine. I drink about 2 litres of water a day at work - I miss it when I'm at home.



  • @Zemm said:

    The water dispenser at my work is similar to this one:




    Three taps: hot, tepid and cold. Though the "hot" tap doesn't really get hot enough for real tea (maybe 90°C) so we have a separate kettle for that. As well as an espresso/cappuccino machine. I drink about 2 litres of water a day at work - I miss it when I'm at home.

     

    And that thing under the spigots that looks like a drain isn't a drain.  They always had to put up a sign to that effect at my office because people were forever dumping half a cup of cold coffee into it.

     



  • @Zemm said:

    Forget the water dispenser... I want to work at a place that has an office cat!

    Oh, and regarding water: we have this great invention here, it's called "bottles" :D

     



  • @Anonymouse said:

    @Zemm said:

    IMAGE

    Forget the water dispenser... I want to work at a place that has an office cat!

    Oh, and regarding water: we have this great invention here, it's called "bottles" :D

     

    What do you call that 19 litre thing on top? I wouldn't want to be paying for bottled water. And one can taste the difference between mains water and bottled water (though the Gold Coast water is much better than where I used to live out west!)

    If it were up to me I'd get a zip tap installed instead:

    (Also ripped from Google Image Search)



  • @Zemm said:

    @Anonymouse said:

    @Zemm said:

    IMAGE

    Forget the water dispenser... I want to work at a place that has an office cat!

    Oh, and regarding water: we have this great invention here, it's called "bottles" :D

     

    What do you call that 19 litre thing on top? I wouldn't want to be paying for bottled water.

    I always keep one bottle which I fill from the water machine. Hint: cleaning people won't throw your bottle away if you leave some water in it.

     



  • @Zemm said:

    If it were up to me I'd get a zip tap installed instead:
    We have one of those at work... they're lovely until the box that sits in the cupboard under the sink that warms\cools the water gets too hot, then it won't do anything, at all, until it's cooled down.

    Fortunately, where I live has a pretty decent water supply... it's got a bit of calcium in it but nothing a water softener can't fix. I only buy bottled water when I'm at work and won't have time to run away to the staff room to get water from the tap or when I'm travelling.



  • @Zemm said:

    What do you call that 19 litre thing on top?
    Hmmm... "Tank"? I prefer bottles to be containers that I can carry around with me :)

    @Zemm said:

    I wouldn't want to be paying for bottled water.
    Where I live, you can get a 1,5l bottle of water for about 20 (Euro-)Cents. Not exactly what I would call overly expensive, the quality is good enough (for my simple tastes, at least), and easily portable...

     



  • @Anonymouse said:

    Where I live, you can get a 1,5l bottle of water for about 20 (Euro-)Cents.
     

    Do you fill it from the tap, then?



  • @dhromed said:

    @Anonymouse said:
    Where I live, you can get a 1,5l bottle of water for about 20 (Euro-)Cents.
    Do you fill it from the tap, then?
    Nah, I prefer the "fizzy" kind of bottled water. Tap water is a bit too bland for my taste. (Buying "silent" bottled water is TRWTF, though.)

    But even with all the talk about the water, let's not forget about the important points: now what's the story behind the cat?!

     



  • @Anonymouse said:

    let's not forget about the important points: now what's the story behind the cat?!
    It could be a photo taken in someone's house, I know some people here in Aussieland like having these because their town water sucks (Adelaide, I'm looking at you, your water tastes like watered down milk)



  • @Douglasac said:

    It could be a photo taken in someone's house, I know some people here in Aussieland like having these because their town water sucks (Adelaide, I'm looking at you, your water tastes like watered down milk)

    There is a joke there, somewhere



  • @Anonymouse said:

    @dhromed said:

    @Anonymouse said:
    Where I live, you can get a 1,5l bottle of water for about 20 (Euro-)Cents.
    Do you fill it from the tap, then?
    Nah, I prefer the "fizzy" kind of bottled water. Tap water is a bit too bland for my taste. (Buying "silent" bottled water is TRWTF, though.)

    But even with all the talk about the water, let's not forget about the important points: now what's the story behind the cat?!

     

    Yeah well here the cheapest bottled water from the supermarket is over 80c for the 1.5L, and there are much more expensive ones available. Bottled water is even GST free, and not much cheaper than fizzy drinks. For example, in many places one can buy a 1.5L Mt Franklin or a 1.25 Coke (same company) for the same price. Craziness!

    The cat magically came from Google Image Search from the First Moderately Relevant Looking Picture.



  • Edit: hey, it's possible to post empty text. Fun. Anyway, @Zemm said:

    Bottled water is even GST free
    I initially read that as Greenwich Sandwich Time. I guess I'm hungry.

    Weren't people complaining in the other thread about the use of not-necessarily-commonly-known acronyms/initialisms? Are you referring to General Service Tax, Glutathione-S-Transferase (enzyme) or something else entirely?



  • @Zecc said:

    Edit: hey, it's possible to post empty text. Fun. Anyway, @Zemm said:

    Bottled water is even GST free
    I initially read that as Greenwich Sandwich Time. I guess I'm hungry.

    Weren't people complaining in the other thread about the use of not-necessarily-commonly-unknown acronyms? Are you referring to General Service Tax, Glutathione-S-Transferase (enzyme) or something else entirely?

    s

    Goods and Services Tax. Commonly known here and many other countries, though I think it's aka "VAT" in most of Europe. Sometimes one forgets we are separated by a common language.

    Bottled water is considered a "staple" so is GST-free but if you buy a bottle from a restaurant and then sit down to drink it they are providing a "service" (chair, table) so GST is applicable. I don't really know how this compares to other taxation systems around the world.



  • @Zecc said:

    Edit: hey, it's possible to post empty text. Fun. Anyway, @Zemm said:

    Bottled water is even GST free
    I initially read that as Greenwich Sandwich Time. I guess I'm hungry.

    Weren't people complaining in the other thread about the use of not-necessarily-commonly-known acronyms/initialisms? Are you referring to General Service Tax, Glutathione-S-Transferase (enzyme) or something else entirely?

     

    GST = Green Scrubby Thing.

     



  • @Zemm said:

    Goods and Services Tax. Commonly known here and many other countries, though I think it's aka "VAT" in most of Europe.

    In the US, it's just a Sales Tax. It's only applied by state and lower levels (county, city) of government. Some states have none. Mostly, it's just for goods, with things like unprepared foods exempt, though that, too, varies by state. A former governor of New Jersey became a former governor in part due to applying sales tax to toilet paper.



  • @Zemm said:

    Yeah well here the cheapest bottled water from the supermarket is over 80c for the 1.5L, and there are much more expensive ones available.
    Slightly related, I was once on a trip to Tamworth, and noticed the further north I went the more expensive bottled water was... it was 99c at Tamworth, 89c at Narrandera, and when I got home I think it was in the seventy cent range for a 1.5L bottle of water.

    It seems to be 99c per 1.5L for homebrand water now, so I can't really complain.



  • @boomzilla said:

    A former governor of New Jersey became a former governor in part due to applying sales tax to toilet paper.
    Well. Pecunia non olet, right?


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