Photocopier technicians prepares for Xmas season

With the office party season approaching, photocopier technicians are bracing themselves for a spate of weight-related call-outs.

With the office party season approaching, photocopier technicians are bracing themselves for another spate of weight-related call-outs.

According to research by Canon (UK), requests for service calls can rise by up to 25 percent at this time of year, thanks to the seasonal abuse of its printers and copiers. This ranges from photocopying things they weren't designed to copy, to simply being stood on while hanging decorations.

Yes, the tradition of replicating one's rear-end at the office party is alive and well -- and technicians said that since Canon increased the thickness of its copier glass from 3 millimeters to 4mm a few years ago, it's less likely to result in breakage, too.

It still carries risks though, in particular paper jams: "I had to repair a machine with a photocopy of a man's groin jammed in it," said technician Steven Mannion. "The manager suggested an office identity parade to see who Canon could charge for the call out charge."

His colleague Geoff Bush added: "I was called out for the usual 'glass broken due to someone sitting on it,' but in this case a young lady had copied her rear and broken the glass, but at the same time jammed the scanner. To her dismay, the unfused copy was still in the machine and everyone in the office recognized who it belonged to."

Canon also asked its staff to report the strange objects that they had found in damaged equipment. The list included stockings, a condom, a kitchen knife, a sausage roll and a vibrator -- although presumably not all in the same machine.

On the more natural side, they encountered hazards such as mice, a sleeping cat, spiders, a crab, a swarm of bees, a cockroach, and even a snake.

Still, every cloud has its silver lining, with more than two-thirds of Canon's technicians regularly invited to at least one customer office party. However, the company claims this is down to their skill and discretion, rather than having them on site ready for a faster fix.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Bryan Betts

Techworld.com
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?