If there's one thing guaranteed to flummox half the office staff for a whole morning, it's going to be the changing of an ink cartridge in a printer or copier. God forbid you should be the one on the printer when the light comes on to tell you the ink cartridge is running low!
If this is you, then there are two options. You can either a) do what men do and retreat, whistling, as if you changed your mind and didn't want to print after all or b) take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and attempt to change the ink cartridge yourself.
How difficult can it be, I hear you ask. Well, first you have to find the right flap. You will go through a sequence of flaps from paper feeder through to paper storage to one that displays all the scary inner workings of a printer. Eventually, you will find a flap with idiot instructions on the inside. This will be a simple drawing of how to change an ink cartridge.
Except, of course, the picture won't represent anything that looks like your printer unless you tilt your head upside down, stand on one leg and squint. You begin by reading the written instructions in conjunction with trying to associate the pictures to what appears before you, swiftly giving up the latter. Basically, it will tell you to pop one out and pop the other in.
What it doesn't tell you is that it will take a degree in mechanics to get this last one out! Operations that are meant to be simple will need to be carried out by the flick of several small plastic clips which will immediately snap off in your fingers leaving the cartridge well and truly wedged. After a spell of trying to do it properly, you will then resort to wedging in plastic rulers and pens in an attempt to prize it from its location.
Bits of snapped off stationary are often responsible for printer blockages and will lead to some very loud tut tutting by printer engineers who come out on expensive call, amid what they would have you believe is a very busy schedule, and who will make it look easy. They will pick out the bits of pen, change the cartridge, look at you like you are dense and charge you an extortionate fee for the trouble.
To avoid this, most office staff will learn quickly from the pen incident and in future continue attempts at the instructions. Any fly on any office wall will tell you that you can sit back and watch one person struggling with cartridge replacement on a printer for a short period and they will soon be joined by a plethora of people that all know how to do it.
"Come here, let me have a go" is an oft bandied about phrase. They will do exactly the same as the last attemptee, but help by reading the instructions louder and slower. If it's a man looking to help a damsel in distress he will take off his jacket, roll up his sleeves and go in like he's about to perform brain surgery, demanding ruler, pen, any long, strong object and a swab for the sweat on his forehead.
Whenever an ink cartridge needs replacing, the simple answer is to call the oldest, most experienced woman in the office. With an air of confidence she will click, slap and generally be pretty heavy handed with various parts of the printer in a well practiced sequence. You will have fresh ink in no time with barely a drop of spillage.