Fun one: This email was sent to me, but I don't have anything to do with the equipment he is asking about. I forwarded it to the correct person, but I had to laugh at the request. My internal comments are bolded.
"My name is xxx and this is my first time submitting anything to be cut on the [very slow piece of equipment]
and I hope this is the correct email account (it was on the university website) [not sure where he got that, as I have nothing to do with this equipment, and nowhere does it even imply that I have anything to do with it]
. I left 4 pieces of plywood outside the [shop] earlier today with my name on them in tape. I'm not sure if the file I'm sending you has more than one sheet in the design but i will need eight forms and i'll need them before thanksgiving break (if possible). [break starts later today, this was sent late yesterday afternoon, after the facility in question closed for the day. Did I mention that the equipment he wants to use is fully booked and SLOW?]
If their are any problems let me know and ill fix them right away.
Seriously, sometimes I think the students hear the word "computer" and think MAGIC happens... These forms that he wants are very large (I opened the file out of curiosity). Easily would take 30 minutes each to cut, if not longer. My coworker who IS in charge of this equipment replied back that he'd talk to him, and added that it'd be a yes and no reply. They are not open over the weekend or evenings, and they already had a full schedule of jobs for today. I'm guessing this is going to involve my coworker staying late, or else he came in early, from what I gathered from the rest of his email.
If it had been me, the answer would have been no. I would move heaven and earth to come in early in case of a true emergency (like if he had to recut due to something getting stolen or vandalized), but not for a lack of planning like this. Actions have consequences, and that is on of the biggest lesson we can teach our students (the other is: Crap happens, and stuff breaks!).
This one happened to me yesterday morning:
I oversee three very in-demand pieces of equipment, as part of my job. These items are so in demand, that we have to have a lottery to determine the order that students line up to sign up for time on the equipment, since we used to have people camping out 16 hours + ahead of the posting of the new sign-up sheets (they are released a week at a time). With careful planning and organization, all 100 students in line got time on the equipment, but some of the questions made me shake my head. I'm sharing the best:
"What if there is no time that I can use?"
We are open 24 hours a day, there is no more time I can add.
"But what if I can't make it any of those times?"
I really can't be open any more than 24 hours a day.
"But why not?"
Fantasy answer: You see Young Padawan, the earth rotates around its axis. It takes 24 hours to complete a rotation. One rotation is one day. We are open ALL of the hours in the day, there are no more. I can't bend space and time and create more hours in a day, no matter how much you pout. Not impressed. Okay, just kidding, you can have the 25 o'clock session.
What she meant was, "I don't want to have to come in at 6 am to use this piece of equipment that I really need to use to complete my project."
I also had someone ask if we'd be getting a 4th piece of equipment, because apparently my facility has been mistaken for the Tardis...