Monday, March 28, 2005

I think I've hit upon the crux of the problem -- my problem -- with retail; saving people from themselves.

Me: What is the amp rating of the fuse you need to replace?
Them: Hm. I think ...I think it's 4 amps. I lost the original.

See, if I point out that putting a fuse rated larger than the original will result in the energy not being clipped out of the circuit -- the exact reason why you have a fuse -- in case of an overload, I'll get one of two things:

(a) A tortured "I don't want to go alllllllll the way back home or;

(b) A blank stare which indicates that the customer believes I can somehow guess the correct value and will blame me when the device is destroyed.

So I just give them a hindu cow stare and let them pick the wrong fuse.

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