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Vince McHugh, Of the Internet?

March 29, 2018

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About two weeks ago I had a heart attack. It is something that gets your full attention, at least it got mine! During my recovery one of my Post Sale SEs sent me this picture to cheer me up. It had the desired effect as it represents a funny story from my past.

We were trying to win back a long term customer that went to Ricoh. When they came into our demo room I introduced my self saying “Hi, I am Vince McHugh”. One of the visitors asked “Of the Internet”? which took me aback. I said I guess you’ve read my blog? She told me she read my blog regularly. We had a good laugh, the demo went well and a long term customer came back to NECS.

I have been off recovering for the last few weeks and I am hoping my doctor will let me get back to work soon. The time off has reminded me that I like what I do. So hopefully you will see me back in the trenches before too long. Who knows I may even get inspired to write a blog article.

That’s My $0.02
Vince McHugh

PS: Thanks to Kevin Lumenello for putting together the picture and sending it to me!


PSA: Don’t sit on the Copier during your Office Christamas party!

December 6, 2008

It’s that time of year again and your office Christmas Party is fast approaching. I will share with you advice that I use to give to a new employee when I was a Field Service Manager. “Your goal at this office Christmas Party is NOT to be the person everyone is talking about on Monday morning.” Unfortunately there always is someone who doesn’t take this advice.

Over the years I have seen many things copied on the office copier, hands, faces, breasts, and yes butts! Yes it’s still funny in a sophomoric way, and yes I like the Three Stooges (I guess that makes me a guy). All of the above can usually be done without too much danger, except copying your Butt. Copying your Butt involves certain amount of risk to your body & your job. I am not talking about the sexual harassment laws. I’ll let the PC Police handle that issue. What I am referring to is the following two dangers:

1) The physical danger. To copy your Butt you must sit on the glass of the copier. Usually the copier is too high off the ground to place your Butt on the glass and still keep your feet on the ground. Which means the person will get a chair or something to help them get into this precarious position. Normally excessive amounts of alcohol are involved at this point. I think we all know, at least when we’re sober, that the copier glass is not meant to hold the weight of the average adult.  So this brave\stupid individual perches on the copier glass and presses the green button. In some cases they are successful and people laugh, except the PC police. But sometimes, often times, the glass breaks and they crash through onto the scanning assembly and cost hundreds to thousands of dollars in copier repairs. Also consider on a number of copiers the voltage on that scanning system is high, it could REALLY HURT if your butt makes contact with the frame and the power of the scanner (OUCH!!!). But you don’t have to break the glass to break the copier. The distance between the scanner and the copier glass is very tight. All you need to do is flex the glass slightly and it will cause the scanner to hangup midway throught he scan and severly damage the copier (big time cost). By the way when the copier tech shows up on Monday morning and sees the damage, he may laugh, but he will also charge you. This is not covered by your service contract. For some strange reason they call it abuse 🙂

2) The other great danger is to your career. If you do turn out to be the person that everyone IS talking about on the Monday morning after the Office Christmas party because you broke the copy machine and cost your company hundreds to thousands of dollars in non covered service charges then don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking for a new job to go with the New Year. I pretty sure that you won’t win this one at the labor board.

So, this has been a PSA (Public Service Announcement) from the connectedcopier. Have a great time at your office Christmas party but don’t be that person who every one talks about on Monday morning, even if you somehow manage to keep your job it will take a decade to live down the story. Merry Christmas!

Vince McHugh