Member Rara Avis
God, don't even get me started on university.
In my first year at UNH, the university was just beginning to start an internet connection service in the dorms (this was Fall 1995).
I remember going down some ancient elevator to the bowels of the administrative offices, to Tech Services, to question on the availability of drop cables and a few other queries. The person there was completely clueless. He looked dumbfounded at my questions.
So then I pull out a blank disk for a driver that the Tech Services person on the phone had said it would supply to me for free on asking, after going down to the office to be assigned a user number. So when I offer the disk, the man looks blankly at me, then starts yelling "DID YOU FORMAT THIS? IS THIS FORMATTED?"
He was writhing on the hook of his stupidity, and needed this to feel better about knowing nothing -- that or he was psychotic.
Either way, I got my revenge for that experience years later when, on newspaper staff, I broke a story about how the computer building would now be charging 10 cents per hour block of computer usage.
My lead? "It costs 5 cents to copy someone else's work. It costs 10 cents to create your own."
Don't tell me journalists don't have biases.