Help Desk Shenanigans

July 28th, 2011 · 24 comments

Writes Bri in St. Paul, Minnesota: “I work at a University help desk that employs mostly students. Since their shifts are short, they have a habit of leaving all kinds of random things at the desk, much to the chagrin of many of my co-workers” — and the devilish glee of others.

[Left:] Is this your hair band? Or chap stick? [Right:] No, this is my hair band!

related: How is your eyes?

extra credit: Venn diagram of “shenanigans” [boingboing.net]

FILED UNDER: college life · Minneapolis/St. Paul · smartass


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  • #1   Divvitar

    Nah, that’s not my hair band either. I prefer Motley Crue.

    Jul 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   georgina

    Looks like more of a head band to me.

    Jul 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Nashley

    (attempt 2) Insert picture of mustached London Dapper Dan impaled on a piece of wood with a snarky note scribbled underneath: “and THIS is my chap stick.”

    Jul 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    So that’s what happened to Bootsy’s Rubber Band!

    Jul 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Canthz_B bang

    I’ve always pictured help-desk geeks as bespectacled and pimple-faced folks with poor social skills.
    Now I have to add chapped lips to the image in my mind’s eye.

    Jul 29, 2011 at 12:19 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Silence

    For Pete’s Sake, people.

    Just throw the stuff away. There’s no reason to leave it sitting around gathering PA notes and dust.

    Jul 29, 2011 at 12:59 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Get on your bikes and ride bang

      Heck just add it right in to that first aid kit. You never know what may be needed in an emergency. *Imagines all possible scenarios that would employ chap-stick and a hairband to save someone’s life*

      Jul 29, 2011 at 1:31 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   emcd

      duh – mini tourniquet

      Aug 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Grant

    Well, if McGyver gets trapped in there, he could fashion a fairly lethal one-shot chap-stick catapult.

    Jul 29, 2011 at 4:23 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Canthz_B bang

      He could put an eye out with that thing from 1000 yards!

      Jul 29, 2011 at 9:20 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   TKD

      McGyver would shred the synthetic fibers on the outside of the hairband with his teeth, mix them with the wax from the chapstick to create an improvised explosive. Then he would use the elastic and empty chapstick tube to create a rapid-fire cotton ball cannon. Using cotton balls from the office first aid kit he would coat them with the explosive to make cotton balls that burst into spectacular flame on impact, but not when the are forcefully launched from the cannon. He would use the extra explosive compound to blow the lock on the door to escape the office, fight off the bad guys with the cotton ball cannon (none of them would be physically hurt, just so shocked by the near miss burning cotton balls that they drop their guns and fall off the dock into the water), then proceed to save the missing child, pay off the widows tax bill, keep the developers from dozing under the spotted owl habitat and be home in time for a freshly brewed cup of tea.

      Yeah, that sounds more like McGyver. Of course, Chuck Norris would accomplish all those things using just his little toe.

      Jul 29, 2011 at 11:54 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   redheadwglasses

    Is that Whitesnake?

    I’m in St. Paul–it’s a bit extra fun to see PAN from your own city/locale!

    Jul 29, 2011 at 6:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   TGIF!

    Indians commonly call headbands “Hair Bands” according to my Indian colleague…

    Jul 29, 2011 at 7:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   SilentPsycho

      Not just Indians, we call them hair bands here in the UK.

      Jul 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   divaandwriter bang

    My question is why do they keep their first aid kit in a Tupperware container? Did one of the students leave THAT behind after lunch?

    Jul 29, 2011 at 9:52 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   TKD

    Scene: bespectacled, pimple-faced geek frantically searching through desk drawers

    Geek: “Where did that hair band get to? I know I put it in here after the neighbors complained about the noise they were making. Why can’t they just rehearse without the amps?”

    Geek Friend: “Dude, you left that down at the help desk. They’ve been there all week putting chap stick on their lips and eating everyones lunch out of the office fridge.”

    Geek: ” For Fuck Sakes. I’d better call Sandra and ask her to put them in my drawer in the fridge. I don’t want to get another note from elaine.”

    Geek 2: “Yeah dude. Bad Hair Band You.”

    Jul 29, 2011 at 11:36 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   redheadwglasses

    Funny chapstick story: Friend C was walking with her friend A. She asked if he had chapstick she could borrow/use. He reached in his pocket for one and handed it to her. After she used it and handed it back, he said, “Mine is in one pocket, that one is the one I give to everybody who asks me if i have chapstick they can borrow.”

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   cizzerhand

      What happened to Friend B?

      Jul 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   TKD

      Redhead and Friend B had an “incident”. We don’t mention Friend B around redhead anymore.

      Aug 1, 2011 at 7:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   redheadwglasses

      Heh, sorry, I was using the first letters from their first names.

      Aug 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   bornagainst

    In case anyone cares, the “hair band” in question is CRIMSON GLORY…I still rock it out on occasion. :)

    Jul 31, 2011 at 7:59 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   ISpy

      That band name is all kind of bad. I went from Crimson Tide, to Old Glory, to “Isn’t that a euphemism for monthly cycle?” Maybe that’s why I never heard of them. Then again, it could be that I’m just not cool.

      Aug 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   emcd

    Bonus WTF? – blow that pic up and you will see said hair band is wearing metallic half face masks. I guess the masses of teased and sprayed hair were not quite enough – they went for the a post-modern Phantom of the Opera look as well.

    Aug 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   makfan

    People who work eight-hour shifts are also capable of leaving random shit behind.

    Aug 4, 2011 at 11:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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