7.18.2006

 

PWTU Up Close And Personal, Part I : Konica

And now, after a much-needed hiatus, we present to you the first of our own, personal accounts of struggle, strife, and ultimate redemption.

Konica 2820's Roommate Pleads: "Give My Copier Back"


UNDISCLOSED, Michigan (CNN) -- The woman who shares an office with Konica 2820 made an impassioned plea to her coworker Brian Tuesday night, calling on him to "give my copy machine back to me."


After receiving the dire error code of F42 on late Monday evening, service technicians were told not to bother coming out to repair the ailing machine. No toner or other necessities were provided effective the afternoon of March 28 under court order, and the service techs have predicted the out-dated, poorly-performing copy machine would die in the next few days.


Its officemate, ring., uttered two sentences at a news conference: "Brian and Dan, you have your own means of making copies – your fax machine, for instance. Please, please give my copier back to me."


The woman was addressing her coworkers Brian and Dan, who have from the beginning of this tragedy maintained that the machine has seen its last reproduced order form or invoice.


Late Tuesday, George Feos, the lawyer for Brian, issued a written statement saying, "The courts have repeatedly said this case is not about ring., Brian or any other third party. It's about this copy machine, Konica, and its own wishes not to be kept alive artificially."


Brian maintains the copier would not want to be kept alive in its condition, which technicians have ruled that, suffering from an F-42 error code (i.e. The "Death Knoll" of copiers) the machine would never again function at anywhere near its intended capacity. ring., however, claims it could improve with intense therapy, routine maintenace and "a little bit of TLC".


ring. was surrounded by supporters Wednesday night outside the office complex in UNDISCLOSED, including a woman carrying a sign that read, "Cowardly Brian!"


ring. contends the entire office could have done more to save their copy machine, although they repeatedly told her that they had done everything they could legally and ethically do. "What we are afraid of is that in saving the Konica, what would we unintentionally be creating?" Dan told Devin Scillian. "The regret would be far too much, and we are emotionally unable to continue watching the suffering of this dignified machine."


Felos said Tuesday night he visited the copier about 6:30 p.m. He said its normally bright-green lights were a dull, matte amber color, its toner completely "dried and crusted," but that it was being cared for by well-trained workers who are fond of it.


Felos said it has a stuffed toy animal poking out from its cover and that there are religious pictures, rosaries, and little religious figurines surrounded by lit candles in its office room, describing the setting as "very calm and peaceful."


His description differs from that of ring., who contends that the Konica is suffering and that its condition shows in its jammed paper tray and numerous inky blots.


ring. said after visiting the machine that "it's failing" but "doing darn good under the circumstances. I wiped it down with a dry cloth and spoke to it for a while. They say that even in these condition, the machines can hear and that they do understand. Perhaps they even take some comfort from it."


The Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a conservative copy machine activist who has helped spearhead protests for ring. and her supporters, stood outside the office park with a handful of people.


When the Konica 2820 story ends, he said, "The campaign after that final chapter is written is: Never again."


CNN's A. Nuss and Joe Mahma contributed to this report.


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