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While this pilot fish is on vacation, card-reader door locks are installed at her company. First task when she's back: Set up the software, configure the locks and set up employee access and times.

"The VP hands over a handwritten paper with the employee door access and times," says fish. "VP promptly takes a week vacation.

"The day the system goes live, the employees are standing in front of me yelling because their cards won't let them in the door they want to use. They now have to use the main door instead.

"The VP comes along hearing all the complaints, then starts yelling at me that this is not the way it should be set up.

"I promptly pull out his handwritten instructions. He looks at it and says, 'That's not my handwriting!'"

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