Stealing and Lying

So it’s about 11:30 p.m. last night, I’m reading and studying at home when my computer suddenly barks that MS Outlook has lost its connection to Exchange Server (down at the office). I check my Internet connection at home (fine), then try to hit my desktop at work, then two of the servers via Remote Desktop (no joy), so either something’s amiss on our server rack, the router has a problem, or the T1 (data) is down. So I think.

I call up my IT manager and we decide to meet at the office. It’s midnight. When we get there, nothing appears wrong. The internal network is fine. We just can’t get out. We figure it’s the T1, we call Covad, and they can send an OpCenter tech right over, or, we can wait until morning for a field tech. We’ll wait.

In preps for the tech the next morning, my IT manager opens the door to the central phone/data room in the building. Guess what? Someone has simply stripped the wires off the T1 jack, pulled it off the wall, and hooked it up to their phones. Turns out a new company was moving into the building last night (confirmed by the property manager). When the Covad tech comes out, he quickly confirms that the jack is hooked into the phone lines of this same company that was moving in.

Property manager calls them to confront them (they are not in their offices, ’cause I already tried to confront them myself), and they lie.

My Controller/GM is currently itemizing our losses between 8-11am when I had at least 20 of my employees twiddling their thumbs. The bill will easily exceed $5,000 and I’ll be presenting it to my new neighbors as soon as I possibly can.

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  1. Kyle Bennett on July 12, 2005 at 07:46


    You might be right, in the sense that in this legal climate, he'll probably have to sue for a million just to net 5K from the effort. I'm guessing that Richard isn't good enough at playing the pathetic weakling victim to really screw them. Judging by this action alone, they probably are good at it, and could actually end up winning money from him. "It's no fair that he had a T1, and all we could afford is dialup! Waaaahhhhhh! He doesn't _need_ all that bandwidth, he should have to share! Waaaaahhhh! He disconnected the service that we stole fair and square! Waaahhhhh!"

    Richard, sounds like you're going to have an interesting neighbor for as long as he has the lease…

  2. EKENYERENGOZI MICHAEL CHIMA on July 12, 2005 at 03:04

    I advise you to sue them for damages, violations of another company's property and loss of your work.
    $5,000 IS CHICKEN FEED!

    I thought such things could only happen in Nigeria my home country.

  3. hterry on July 12, 2005 at 05:37

    Why on earth would someone do that? That's ridiculous.

  4. Benjamin Solah on July 12, 2005 at 18:39

    Wow that's really low, and then they go denying (refrains from George W. remark)


  5. Kyle Bennett on July 13, 2005 at 07:10

    It's amazing how some people will tie _anything_ to an implied or actual criticism of Bush.

    "Nice weather we're having."

    "Yeah, until Bush screws it up by drilling in ANWAR."

    Even when it is not entirely unfounded, it gets tiresome, like the "Downer Debbie" character on Saturday Nite Live.

    And I like the technique of explicitly "refraining" as a way of having your cake and eating it too.

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