I want to thank you ALL for your responses. As a whole they've gone
a long way to help patch things up btwn me and the Mrs. [Although
nothing's been said, I've been getting a lot of those *sideways* glances
ever since this thing happened. It must be like that old adage: You can
cut down a whole backyard full of trees and no one thinks you're a
lumberjack. But have one little fire on a computer you set up........ ]
If I've learned anything, it's that next time something like this happens,
it might be wise to do a little investigating BEFORE I rush to take the
blame for something I may not even have done. Whether it's my fault
or not is hard to say. But it does leave room for doubt...
Yup. It's a good idea to spend a little time trying to figure out _why_
this happened. Was anything cracked/chafed and shorted to the metal
shelving (eg: electrical burn marks on the shelving), or did it look
like the device itself burned out?
Calling someone with the make and model describing what happened
is a good idea. Eg: consumer protection agencies, the store,
and the manufacturer if you can identify/reach it.
Not as a complaint, but a warning. It's how safety recalls happen.
Many stores/manufacturers really do want to find out about these.
Before something a lot worse and more expensive happens.
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
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