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Of all the devices making our working lives harder, printers take top billing. Never mind computers that crash mid-PowerPoint or smartphones that inexplicably can’t find the network – these, at least, are complicated, multi-function devices with a lot going on. But printers? These have one job and one job only: put ink on paper …


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  1. Sir Cosmo Bonsor

    > "the Office Space machine takedown to Geto Boys' Damn it feels good to be a gangsta"

    Nope, that's a different scene. Not that I could name the track in the actual scene, that stuff all sounds a bit samy to me.

    1. Tiny Iota


      Yep, it’s the same group but i think it's the track "Still"

      1. JetSetJim

        Re: Yep

        Shazam confirms "Still" by the Geto Boys (took two tries though)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    their collectively lousy sledge-hammer technique leaves a lot to be desired ...

    1. mark 63 Silver badge


      I let rip on a 970cxi with a sledgehammer once .

      Immediately regretted it - there were a thousand teeny ink coverd bits of plactic to clean up.

  3. Tiny Iota

    Replying to my own post

    But I just realised I should really get out more.

  4. Miek

    There's nothing more satisfying than putting your foot through a printer that the computer claims it "cannot see". "It's right bloody there!" --THWACK!

  5. James 93

    Learn to swing an axe properly!

  6. Anonymous Coward


    We could combine two Reg stories and have:

    Nude lady recreates Printer Smashing tantrum scene in Dead Inkjet

  7. KJB

    If you want something doing...

    All this made me want to do is smash up a printer, properly.

    Slow-mo the video and dress it up with dubstep all you want; these misguided axe/hammer attempts have left me frustrated more than anything.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I got caught

    Giving the printer/copier the double v's whilst growling 'for fucks sake' recently.

    My colleagues reply? Aren't you supposed to be technical staff? Stupid printer.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Big fella at about 2:30, lucky he didn't take the head clean off that hammer. I wouldn't want to be swinging that around after he's had a go.

    I must be about the only one thinking shame about the nice lengths of ground bar and phosphor bushes biting the dust there. Unless I'm mistaken the controller board in the very first one will have a white ceramic cased 64-pin Motorola 68k which would fetch a few quid in its own right on Ebay. Collectors like the white ones FSR.

  10. Clive Galway


    I came across a rather an amusing homage to the Office Space printer scene in one of Birgirpall's excellent BF3 videos. about a minute in.

    For those not in the know, the tripod thingie is a SOFLAM (Laser Designator).

  11. Lance S

    Poor technique

    by my mostly uninterested estimates -- these people hit the printer with the handle of the axes / hammers 75% of the time. Imagine how much better they would have felt if they could actually employ the business part of the implement

  12. Timo

    Michael Bolton too


    That movie Office Space - it should have won "best documentary" the year it was released.

    1. Sooty

      Re: Michael Bolton too

      Makes a bit more sense if you use A4 paper like the rest of the world though :p

    2. N2

      Re: Michael Bolton too

      PC = Paper Cassette - thats the thingy where you put the paper - load letter

      It simply means you have told the printer to print in letter sized paper when it normally uses A4

      1. mark 63 Silver badge

        Re: Michael Bolton too

        I watched printers go from the little toilet roll of thermal paper that came with a zx spectrum to a Monster HP laserjet 9000 that'll do 5000 pages a day indefinately.

        ... and yet no-one ever seems to have worked out a way of thelling the printer:


  13. NomNomNom

    After killing five printers they will level up and can increase their hammer/axe skills so they miss less, plus they'll get a 2% chance of scoring a critical hit.

    1. Decius

      You'd think that geeks would have hammer and ax proficiency already. Or at least favoured enemy: printer.

  14. MrT

    Did no-one think to go...

    ... dressed as Stewie or Brian? Or covered in Post-It's?

    < Icon for the HSE rules that meant goggles for all...

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Did no-one think to go...

      Yep, industry standard technique is to close eyes and turn away before hammer hits target.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Did no-one think to go...

        More disturbed by the printer over their heads, tbh.

        That bit was genuinely dangerous.

  15. Mondo the Magnificent


    No explosives involved? Pffft...

    1. Peter Stone

      Re: What?

      I know, where are the Mythbusters when you need them?

    2. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: What?

      Hmm, or some sort of trebuchet

      (Northern Exposure, with a piano, action starts at 1:50)

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And I thought it was just me with the irrational loathing of printers!

    When my last printer's terminal fuckwittedness finally earned it the death penalty, I poured methylated spirits into its insides and set it alight, before sending through a valedictory print job.

    Ironically, this seemed to help and the wee bastard did actually start printing more immediately and with more enthusiasm than usual —for a few minutes anyway— before grinding to a halt with an almost animal sounding squeak from its smoking nether regions.

    The printer before that got run over by my van several times, when its 'signal to pissing me off' ratio got too much.

    It's the only language they understand!

    1. alan buxey

      ...only language they understand?

      I think you'll find thats PCL6 ;-)

  17. alan buxey

    clean hit...

    as others have said...shame they couldnt hit the printers properly with the business end of those tools. i think with a good strike with the long-handled axe you could go clean through an HP.

    next video, VIVA LA REVOLUTION! stick those blue-blooded printers into madame Guillotine! ;-)

  18. DJO Silver badge

    There's things worse than printers out there....

    I've never really had a huge number of problems with printers, scanners on the other hand hardly ever work mainly because TWAIN is a poorly implemented piece of festering excrement.

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