I was in the computer room yesterday and was using the computer hooked up to the printer, which has been out of paper since Friday. I was using the computer because it has a large screen and I was able to blow up the print on a PDF I was reading. I realize that this could cause some confusion, as periodically people would trickle in to print something. I was very pro-active and never let anyone go more than a 10-20 seconds of standing there very obviously waiting for the printer (there are study tables as well and it's not always obvious who is *just* there to print) before I spoke up. However, before mentioning that there was no ink I experienced variations of the following:
a) loud sighing, eye-rolling, gum popping, staring over at me from a distance
b) actual heavy breathing while walking up to two inches away and staring over at what I was reading
c) people slamming their stuff on the table beside the printer and throwing themselves in chairs
I should also say that this was at 11pm on a Sunday. I know you probably want to print your report before tomorrow, but nothing in paper form is due at 11pm. However, after telling people that there was no paper, I had several reactions:
a) "What do you mean? Are you serious?"
b) "So you used all of the paper?"
c) "That's impossible." (These people would then scour the room and examine the printer tray, as if I were hoarding all of the paper for myself.)
d) "Well how am I supposed to print?"
e) "So you don't have any paper?"