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2013-05-22 06:07:10 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-22 06:08:07 PM
Got a shipment of 5,000 brochures in with a repeated paragraph. Spellcheck didn't get it, we had 3 different pairs of eyes look at it and nobody noticed since there was technically nothing wrong with it. Last minute design changes did not help.

There went that $450
 
2013-05-22 06:08:19 PM
I haven't killed a patient, radiated a baby or sent a patient into kidney failure.

I think I'm good thus far.
 
2013-05-22 06:10:51 PM
I told them not to put me in charge of shipping that day.  But did they listen?  Half whacked out on cold medicine and no sleep for 2 days makes for fun mistakes.  250 bid documents shipped out with only one of two spec books.  No way to find out who had which book either without making 250 phone calls.  This was before everybody used e-mail.
 
2013-05-22 06:11:08 PM
Made 60 gallons of beverage for an event but I completely fudged the date so it all had to be tossed out. That's about when folks decided it was time for me to take a break from working.
 
2013-05-22 06:11:24 PM
I forgot to bring a specific cable along(it somehow got removed from the "required equipment" for a type of station I'd never been to).  This meant we had to go back to the station.  Considering the cost of flying to these stations, the cost of the riggers time, the cost of my time... yeah expensive.
 
2013-05-22 06:12:37 PM
Had a large 250 sheet drawing set that had a cast-in-place concrete beam set 2" too low. Total change order to fix it in the field came out to $38,000. There was 6 drafters, 2 engineers, and 1 principal involved in the project and it didn't get caught through multiple checks. Still not sure which drafter made the mistake when putting the drawings together but my initials were on that specific sheet with the mistake.
 
2013-05-22 06:14:12 PM
The biggest mistake was actually personal. I was incredibly shy, quiet, nervous, and meek when first hired, and then scared to death when shoved into a position that required a great deal of contact with lots of people all across the company. I didn't know how to fake it 'til you make it or interact with many different types of people without incredible amounts of awkwardness. I kept to myself and didn't reach out for a long time, and that was my big mistake. I grew out of it and came through a better person in many ways, but it was hard. I'm looking forward to my next position in another department where I can have a clean social slate and do well from the start.
 
2013-05-22 06:14:57 PM
I pushed the Big Red Button, thus shutting down the computers at 11:00 PM on Thanksgiving eve.

It really was an innocent mistake, but they didn't see it that way.

/Same day I got an award for excellence.
 
2013-05-22 06:15:18 PM
I thought I would try opening a flower kiosk in the mall. I almost went out of business.
 
2013-05-22 06:15:47 PM
Once I made a typo in a GPS library, and long story short someone in India had to shoot a couple of tigers.
 
2013-05-22 06:16:08 PM
I misplaced a $44,000 cheque and only found it a few months later when I was cleaning my office.
 
2013-05-22 06:18:22 PM
And my mistake wasn't even the worst of the season.  Somehow one of the line of sight modems got set in such a way that maximum packet size was lower than minimum packet size(seriously how is that even possible) which resulted in ~4 visits to figure that out.  I had tried every other possible fix then after some looking online I found the advanced settings that are a pain in the ass to access, and there was the obvious problem.
 
2013-05-22 06:19:56 PM
So far "just" a $11k ordering mistake but now that I'm working on projects in the $200k-$2million range I could exceed that.

Long story: Ordered 10 instead of 1 of an $1,200 biological sample for a lab (I'm a backup purchaser, regular woman was on vacation that week). Didn't get in trouble as they had just updated the procurement software (without informing anyone) and EVERYONE was ordering ten (or twenty or fifty) of things that week. Previously when you would tab into the quantity box the box would remain blank awaiting you to tell you how many, some genius decided that as soon as you tab over it should auto-fill to 0.0000. This happened on a Friday and I was on vacation that next week, boss didn't tell me until I got back and even then in more of a, "oh, by the way, you're a dumbass" sort of way instead of yelling a me. Most of the surplus items people were able to return or eventually use but not those samples. Long story longer we (the college) had to reimburse the research grant $11k and I was ribbed for a while.
 
2013-05-22 06:20:26 PM
fell asleep when refueling a large ( think needs to be towed ) diesel generator.    Hours later and many bulldozers pushing absorbant around it was contained.  As I was a "protected" employee, I was never reprimanded or spoken to about it at all.
 
2013-05-22 06:21:49 PM

Bugerz: Had a large 250 sheet drawing set that had a cast-in-place concrete beam set 2" too low. Total change order to fix it in the field came out to $38,000. There was 6 drafters, 2 engineers, and 1 principal involved in the project and it didn't get caught through multiple checks. Still not sure which drafter made the mistake when putting the drawings together but my initials were on that specific sheet with the mistake.


RUN!
CLASH!
DETECTION!

/navisworks is your friend
 
2013-05-22 06:22:03 PM
Not strictly a mistake I made, but I drafted a suppression opinion that kept a guy in state prison for about 2 years until the appellate court reversed us. I think the case was wrongly decided, but appellate courts gonna appellate.
 
2013-05-22 06:24:10 PM

aiiee: fell asleep when refueling a large ( think needs to be towed ) diesel generator.    Hours later and many bulldozers pushing absorbant around it was contained.  As I was a "protected" employee, I was never reprimanded or spoken to about it at all.


Holy shiat, that's a big one. Fuel spills are a biatch to clean up and expensive as hell.

Glad they never got after you for that.
 
2013-05-22 06:24:11 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Bugerz: Had a large 250 sheet drawing set that had a cast-in-place concrete beam set 2" too low. Total change order to fix it in the field came out to $38,000. There was 6 drafters, 2 engineers, and 1 principal involved in the project and it didn't get caught through multiple checks. Still not sure which drafter made the mistake when putting the drawings together but my initials were on that specific sheet with the mistake.

RUN!
CLASH!
DETECTION!

/navisworks is your friend


This was before Navisworks or 3D modeling being largely how work was done. That simple mistake being easily avoidable with current software is just another reason on top of hundreds of others that I hate AutoCAD.
 
2013-05-22 06:26:13 PM
When i worked for mountain hardwear we would regularly do product tests so we could communicate positives and negatives to products better to customers. we were doing a promo/testing climb for some gear, and one of the group died on the mountain. Not really my mistake, but I was there for it. As far as I know, the body is still on the mountain.
 
2013-05-22 06:27:40 PM
Technically, it wasn't truly my fault and I was following orders:  144K
 
2013-05-22 06:28:48 PM
I had an centrifuge rotor shatter in the middle of a run. I was a student then, so I don't know what the actual cost to replace it was, but if it wasn't six figures, it had to have been close.
 
2013-05-22 06:31:24 PM

Bugerz: had a cast-in-place concrete beam set 2" too low.


Those are the ones I'm much more familiar with, but thankfully I'm on the user end so I get to either yell at the architect and engineer or simply have a change order issued. Had a mini panic attack yesterday because during a walk through some utilities weren't removed yet (and punch list creation is this Friday) and the architect looked at me like she had no idea of what I was talking about and started going on about how we're already close to exceeding the contingency and if I did better planning we wouldn't need so many change orders, etc. Didn't help that the only set of prints on the job site were electrical (which was staying) and hence didn't have the plumbing demo included. Raced back to my office, found the full set and sent her a simple email with the page number where the utilities are extremely clearly marked for removal. (We've had one change order on this project - for a frickin' door stop.)
 
2013-05-22 06:35:19 PM
I dropped a $12,000 printer down some stairs. Second week on the job. Just about 9 years ago exactly.


rappy: I haven't killed a patient, radiated a baby or sent a patient into kidney failure.

I think I'm good thus far.



Q: What is red and bubbly and scratches glass ?


That's good to hear because babies should be roasted on open flame never microwaved.
 
2013-05-22 06:35:23 PM
Back when I was in operations, I removed a job id (print job) that basically cost us about $33,000 worth of paper, man hours, and reprocessing pay to get it back out the door

Late.
 
2013-05-22 06:36:28 PM
ever coming to this website.
 
2013-05-22 06:36:48 PM
msupf

When i worked for mountain hardwear we would regularly do product tests so we could communicate positives and negatives to products better to customers. we were doing a promo/testing climb for some gear, and one of the group died on the mountain. Not really my mistake, but I was there for it. As far as I know, the body is still on the mountain.


well, damn
 
2013-05-22 06:37:54 PM

hockeyfarker: ever coming to this website.


That too.
 
2013-05-22 06:39:58 PM
I tried to design and code an e-commerce website for only $6000.  :/
 
2013-05-22 06:42:01 PM
I left when their cash ran out.  They hired another girl to continue my work.  They told me she sucked and were crying.  I told them they should have hired a man to take my place.
 
2013-05-22 06:42:14 PM

oi_piss_me_off: msupf

When i worked for mountain hardwear we would regularly do product tests so we could communicate positives and negatives to products better to customers. we were doing a promo/testing climb for some gear, and one of the group died on the mountain. Not really my mistake, but I was there for it. As far as I know, the body is still on the mountain.


well, damn




Yeah, don't let anyone ever tell you Mt. McKinley isn't a dangerous mountain anymore.
 
2013-05-22 06:42:33 PM
Dating an old friend. Staying with him 3 months later after he informed me of being diagnosed bipolar with intermittent explosive disorder. Three months after that implementing a plan of escape.
 
2013-05-22 06:42:50 PM

monty666: aiiee: fell asleep when refueling a large ( think needs to be towed ) diesel generator.    Hours later and many bulldozers pushing absorbant around it was contained.  As I was a "protected" employee, I was never reprimanded or spoken to about it at all.

Holy shiat, that's a big one. Fuel spills are a biatch to clean up and expensive as hell.

Glad they never got after you for that.


yeah, well it was on Zug Island so they couldn't tell the fuel from the groundwater mostly.  Google it, it's a great place to work when you're high on acid, which I was.  I was not very responsible in my youth.
 
2013-05-22 06:42:54 PM

msupf: As far as I know, the body is still on the mountain.



everest or denali?
 
2013-05-22 06:43:46 PM

CommieTaoist: Bugerz: had a cast-in-place concrete beam set 2" too low.

Those are the ones I'm much more familiar with, but thankfully I'm on the user end so I get to either yell at the architect and engineer or simply have a change order issued. Had a mini panic attack yesterday because during a walk through some utilities weren't removed yet (and punch list creation is this Friday) and the architect looked at me like she had no idea of what I was talking about and started going on about how we're already close to exceeding the contingency and if I did better planning we wouldn't need so many change orders, etc. Didn't help that the only set of prints on the job site were electrical (which was staying) and hence didn't have the plumbing demo included. Raced back to my office, found the full set and sent her a simple email with the page number where the utilities are extremely clearly marked for removal. (We've had one change order on this project - for a frickin' door stop.)


I was lucky enough to work for a company at the time where the "shiat rolled uphill" and the principal took the blame for the mistake. My current project, using Revit, I've built a few families that have saved potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of mistakes due to misplaced piping.
 
2013-05-22 06:46:33 PM

rickythepenguin: msupf: As far as I know, the body is still on the mountain.


on that note, the brother of one my wife's friend's (hello, venn diagram) went hiking in Boulder CO one December on what was a sunny day.  unbeknownst to them, a massive storm was rolling in like a motherfarker, they weren't equipped, the guy he was with left (as i recall it, the authorities investigated him but nothing caem of it), the brother died of exposure.

however, his body would not (or could not?) be recovered for months.  i think it was late spring when the snow melted that his remains were found.

every year the family hikes to the spot.  we went once.  it was juuuuuuuuuust short of 14.  my altimeter said either 13600 or 13800.  so i've never bagged a 14er.

anyways.
 
2013-05-22 06:49:23 PM

msupf: Yeah, don't let anyone ever tell you Mt. McKinley isn't a dangerous mountain anymore.


rickythepenguin: denali?


Bam.

rickythepenguin: i think it was late spring when the snow melted that his remains were found.


http://www.justincolonna.com/

i never met the kid but, yeah, that's too young to die.  and his sister is a sweetheart.

RIP Justin.
 
2013-05-22 06:54:17 PM
msupf


Yeah, don't let anyone ever tell you Mt. McKinley isn't a dangerous mountain anymore.


not a problem. We don't have mountains around me so i have a healthy respect for them.
 
2013-05-22 07:10:11 PM

aiiee: Zug Island


Holy cow, you aren't kidding. Scary place.
 
2013-05-22 07:11:30 PM
Oh, work? I haven't lost us any money.

I didn't read that part that said 'at work'.... sorry :/
 
2013-05-22 07:23:03 PM
They haven't figured it out yet, and I'm damned if I'm telling.
 
2013-05-22 07:27:18 PM
Last night, this guy from Germany tried to blame me for losing $1m+ in revenue because his sales stuff wasn't processing properly without an agreement terms change that he's requested through me. The purchase agreement contract is signed and the customer is the reason for the hold up, but good Christ, that was fun. It was at a social gathering, so he was swigging liquor telling me how good at sales he is and how I am not helping him like I should and on and on. At the end, I told him, "as soon as you get X and Y from the customer, I will get Z for your customer." Which is what I told him 6 weeks ago and again 2 weeks ago.
 
2013-05-22 07:42:01 PM

rickythepenguin: msupf: Yeah, don't let anyone ever tell you Mt. McKinley isn't a dangerous mountain anymore.

rickythepenguin: denali?

Bam.

rickythepenguin: i think it was late spring when the snow melted that his remains were found.

http://www.justincolonna.com/

i never met the kid but, yeah, that's too young to die.  and his sister is a sweetheart.

RIP Justin.




Condolences on the loss.

One of my biggest things I would do when I was more into climbing and hiking was make sure customers knew just how dangerous hiking really is. If the experienced people who are familiar with the mountain in the group don't make up at least 1/3 of the group and you are going above 12k you should probably not go. Same goes for most week+ long trails.
It was ridiculous how many people thought they could go from a few weeks at the gym to climbing something like Un Compadre with little more than some nice shiny new gear.
 
2013-05-22 08:01:28 PM
~$40k, but it was paid to a sister company. But still, got my ass chewed for it. And not in a good way.
 
2013-05-22 08:10:17 PM
Not really my fault but kind of anyway. I was driving a large painting from San Diego to Arizona to install in a clients house. At a border Patrol checkpoint i got pulled into secondary. I got out of the car and was talking to agent when they asked if they could search the car. I said sure figuring it was a routine random search by an agent. I looked over just as they let a drug dog loose into the van. He hopped right onto the painting and was stomping around on it ( It was covered by a blanket so they didn't see it when they let the dog loose.) I took about two steps toward the van and just about started crying. I told them there was a painting back there and the dog was destroying it. I remember seeing all their faces drop to the ground and they suddenly became real nice to me. Got the supervisor over to make a claim with them and had to turn around and go back. Ended up having to take the painting up to LA to get it fixed and I reinstalled it later. Thank god they saved the painting and the clients never knew a thing. But man that was a close one.
 
2013-05-22 08:30:42 PM
Screwed up an $8,000 IV by mixing it into dextrose and not Sodium chloride.

Oops?
 
2013-05-22 08:32:23 PM
I broke a TFEL (Thin Film Electroluminescent) panel I was making for the US Navy. There was about 500 man hours involved in the production and I was in the final stages of testing for the Navy. It was a glass panel ≈ 4 foot by 2 foot as part of the war room in an aircraft carrier. A navy guy saw it happen and stool with his mouth agape. Lucky I had made 4 extra as replacement parts and I did not get dinged by cost & time over runs. Still cost me and a couple of other geezers $.
 
2013-05-22 08:34:44 PM

maxalt: Lucky I had made 4 extra as replacement parts


You just explained military contracting. Thank you! Not a ding, but people never really seem to understand the real costs involved in doing the kind of fabrication you're referring to.
 
2013-05-23 11:54:11 AM
Posted in a greenlit TFD thread

/oops, I'm fired
 
2013-05-23 11:54:45 AM
I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

Oh sure, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but in retrospect it probably wasn't the best solution.

I'm a network analyst.  I'm in charge of servers.  Bad things can happen with just a simple click.   Especially if you're running virtual machines.  They all look the same.
 
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