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Those among you who've ever been forced to work in a cubicle farm will certainly enjoy this CCTV footage of what happens when a suit reaches breaking point: And here's the action from another angle, captured on a mobile phone: Splendid. There are suspicions among sceptical netizens that this rampage may be a put-up, but if …

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Are you happy, Ballmer?

I see the Vista roll-out has been having some unexpected effects on workers.

Mandriva FTW!

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Must be fake...

Looks staged. Did any of those monitors have cables?

TBH - you look round our office and anyone could snap like that at any time!

(Posting anonymously as I don't want the security to turn up at my desk and taser me!)

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Call me cynical

But until there is evidence otherwise, I'll call this a fake.

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Any chance of a link to the footage then please?

Is it me or is there a bit missing?

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Disappointed...

...that he didn't set fire to himself at the end.

That would have made it far more interesting.

Steven R

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Who wants some ?!?

I feel like that everyday and I've not been in the office in over a year!

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Bzzzzt!

Dont taze me 'bro!

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Thought it was faked.....

Up until the point when it looks like they tazed the poor over stressed blokes ass a couple of times!!!!!!!

Gotta love those crazy Japanese!

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Staged

It's gotta be staged. Who uses CRTs anymore?

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Shenanigans

He picked up two monitors with no VGA and power leads connected? I'm playing my Bluff card

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Wireless monitor?

The fact that his monitor is able to operate with neither electricity or VGA signal cable either proves that he works for a very advanced technology giant, or the video is a fake.

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Hmmmm

The CCTV footage looks pretty real, the responses of the co-workers (and the alleged security guy) look fairly authentic as well. The mobile phone footage enhances this to a point, except towards the final two-man deak takedown, either the alleged perp was knackered as he flapped at the two guys, or they hadn't practiced that bit before. I would go with knackered, that was a fairly heavy burst of activity for a suit.

The thing I noticed was the use of CRT and not TFT. Either the footage is old, or the company has a poor IT budget and hasn't replaced the equipment for ages. No wonder the man flipped. And no wonder he could fend the security guy off with one of those old heavy keyboards.

I hate open plan offices unless they are really well planned. That place looks too small and untidy.

His is the straightjacket.

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ID cards

ID cards would've prevented this terrorist from terroising the office.

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Damn it feels good to be a gangster.

It's identifiable, work is a stressful place, but whanging a co-worker in the face with a monitor is bad Karma. I cant help but wonder if they used LCD's he might have been able to get more hang-time on the shot though.

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Similar incident

I had a similar incident a few years ago where a bloke was fired and decided it would be a good idea to pick up a large plant from its pot and throw it around the office. The soil went everywhere, mainly on my PC as I was sitting closest to the plant at the time. I also had the only female person there sitting with me for training at the time!

Needless to say he was escorted off the premises by security!

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Did he get tazered?

Watched the phone video - crackling sound right at the end: did the security guy (label on sleeve) tazer him? Any idea where this was?

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@brimful / ID cards

Thank you :-D

I haven't laughed quite that hard in a long long time!

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Paris Hilton

This is a title!!!

Wonder if he was wearing a transformers T-shirt? You can never trust those people!

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@P.Nutt

They weren't Japanese, they don't speak in Japanese and they don't look Japanese,

I'd wager it's more likely to be a south American nation hence the dodgy screens, the language.

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Let this be a lesson...

... to all you unscrupulous micro-managers! In fact, I'd like to hire 20 or 30 mercenaries to take up call-centre work at a call-centre I used to worked at once, just to express my disappointment in the resources in a similar fashion.

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No VGA cables?

Lots of monitors have cables which aren't screwed in, so would fall out if you picked them up and threw them. Could still be a fake, but the bit where he's beaten up and the end looks reasonably convincing. :)

Goggles to avoid flying VDUs. :)

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CRTs

I was working on CRTs on my last job which I left in late 06. I now have a client who uses a mix of CRT and tft and at home I use a CRT because it's still too expensive to get a tft big enough to compensate for the square pixels making everything jagged. Things like that bug me.

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crt

I'm looking around my office at the sea of CRT monitors - not me thankfully (as the only 'designer' in the office I get a swish 24" LCD for my Mac Pro). Monitors ahoy for when I go postal!

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More on CRTs

Given the way he pulls both CRTs forward I'm inclined to say that the power and VGA cables are tied to the desk behind the monitors. This negates the need to screw in the VGA cable since it won't fall out under normal use unless the monitor is moved.

Heart because love is all he really needed.

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CCTV

If they had another CCTV camera in the office then it would have all been prevented.

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Should've got a mac.

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Monitor Cables

The last desk he's on sure looks like there's a cable and the second one he picks up he struggles with first - possibly pulling the cords out?

I've worked in similar offices before and never fastened the VGA cables in as they seemed to play musical chairs and I was in most weekends swapping them round - sure it's not the only office that did nor I the only it bod to not fasten the cables.

Is odd how he's center framed for the CCTV camera to start with though and never moves out of frame to the right or front.

Wonder what the boss was saying though - here's the forecast for next quarter and by the way i boffin your wife...

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RE: Thought it was faked.....

Looks pretty real to me.

Just been informed by a Russian colleague that they're speaking Russian in this video, not Japanese...

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"He picked up two monitors with no VGA and power leads connected? I'm playing my Bluff card"

Seconded.

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monitor leads

actually, looking at our monitors here, none of the video leads are screwed in to the connectors at the back

i don't see why a quick enough grab of the monitor wouldn't cause both the video lead and the power cable to fall out the back so it'd be easy to lob it across the office

could easily be the same in that office

still, fake or not, it's impressive he manages to throw that many CRTs and all those cubicle dividers

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Good time

I don't know if it is fake or not but I can clearly see the cables attached to the monitor he throws.

The incident apparently happened in Russia which may explain the CRT monitors.

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We need more sympathy

I too was a bit sceptical about if it was faked - however, the quality of the picture that I see doesn't allow me to know for certain if there are cables attached or not. I've seen plenty of places where the monitor was attached without the screws being tightened up so that doesn't surprise me either. As for there being CRT monitors, there are very many places that have yet to replace these.

Although the immediate reaction is to laugh (and it is a perfectly normal human reaction), I don't find it too funny - I've had to deal with people that suffered stress related breakdowns and one where the person had a major chemical imbalance that needed regular medication, but had forgotten to take it.

It can be quite frightening for people that are not used to seeing someone lose it so badly. It's also quite difficult to know the best way to deal with it - and it can also cause problems for those staff that witness such an event. OK in those cultures that naturally talk about these sorts of things, but not so easy when your lip has to be stiff, don't cher know.

"There but for the grace of God..."

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@ Rick Berry: CRTs?

Sadly there are plenty of them still in my office. Outnumbering TFT about 200 to 1 (except in the senior management suites, of course), so I wouldn't rule out anything on that basis... Still a lack of any visible cabling raises a question mark or two.

If it was a fake, kudos to the stuntwoman that copped the monitor...

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Yet another...

Disgrunted Asus 900 owner on discovering that his battery was not as large as expected.

Monitor cables - well unless they were never screwed in and using the apple magnetic power plugs... and 17" CRT's were light weight...

It might have been 'staged' - but not necessarily amongst actors... perhaps it was a candid camera thing.

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I have a CRT on my desk...

...watch out

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Wires?

I dunno about that one. The power lead on most monitors (especially older ones) will come out at the slightest provocation and the number of times I've come across a colleague's "monitor problem" that's turned out to be down to Desktop support being too sodding lazy to fasten the screws on the signal lead which has subsequently worked loose is too high to count.

The fact that he can apparently pick up and chuck a monitor without it dragging the system unit with it could just as easily be down to crap installation as it could be to faking the footage.

Still reckon it's a fake though.

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Sounded like eastern europeans to me

they love going crazy. I've seen GTA IV so it must be true.

The footage looks real enough to me. Some of our offices still have CRTS.

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@Tony

"but not so easy when your lip has to be stiff" - I thought us English were the height of lip-stiffness? Of course, had this happened in England nobody would have blinked.

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Fake

No cables on monitors. All the birds stay in camera view - real life (tm), they'd have legged it. Partitions cannot be just pulled apart with your bare hands - have a go.

C'mon Reg, we expect more critical scepticism from your hacks.

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@ Kenneth Ross

Yes, I think he gets tasered twice. I certainly stopped him in his tracks, anyway.

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cable attachments and the strength of madmen

For anyone behaving that crazily he would have barely noticed the minimal resistance likely to have been offered by the cable screws, which really wouldn't have stopped him. The cable connections would have disconnected at the weakest point - in my view either threads stripped or bolts sheared right off, whichever goes first - if not ripping the wires and sheath right out of the connector. Come on folks - someone prepared to fling heavy CRT monitors around the office at co-workers ain't going to be stopped by a couple of little 3mm screws.

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He's lucky...

...he only got tasered. Last time I was in an IT office in Moscow they had guards on the front door armed with 9mm pistols!

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how do you say...

How do you say 'don't taze me, bro!' in Russian?

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Totally faked

As many have pointed out, there do not seem to be cables attached to the monitors. Easily pulled out doesn't answer it either, the power I can see as it is usually "plugged" at the monitor end, but the video cable is pretty much 100% permanently attached at the monitor, making it almost impossible to pick up and throw with such ease.

The woman that he throws it towards, doesn't take it in the head, she clearly braces herself with her arms ready in front of her as he throws it at the monitor on her desk and she does a spectacular job of making it look like she took one in the noggin.

Also, most of the "extra's" just stand around or move around somewhat casually to the sides, in a real work environment if someone melted down like that, there would be a mass exodus from the room.

Last point, never saw an office where every window covering was down completely. Often they would be at varying levels of open/closed, that would make the lighting difficult for the shoot though.

Of course, I could be wrong, if so, apologies to the lady with the dented head.

--Pete

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I reckon everyone should be allowed one of these

You should be issued with a one-time permit to completely lose it and trash your office once in your career.

I could have used it a couple of weeks back when our retarded on-line system lost 2 hours of my work on a Monday morning.

After all, monitors and potted plants are much cheaper than extended psychiatric therapy.

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So - where are the mice?

Power lead - okay - fair enough, they pop out for bugger all reason but... I tend to tidy the cables away in such an anally retentive manner that pulling the mouse too hard makes the speakers wobble. I've noticed too that the screwing in bit is at the back of the base unit, and normally I find that at the back of the monitor the signal lead is a permanent fixture, not something with a "screw it in/leave it loose" option.

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Intense, faked or no

I think the "no cables" brigade is off base here, one of the monitors he throws clearly drops sharply as soon as he throws it, and seems to dangle over a cube wall. As others point out, many times the VGA cable isn't fastened and power cables are designed to detach from either end. I freaked when I heard the loud "BZZZT!" in the cell phone coverage. I wondered if they'd hit the guy with a taser. Then someone bends towards him again (clear view blocked by the other guy catching the action on a phone) and there's that "BZZZT!" again. Yup, I think so.

The only question left is: who added the subtitling to the CC footage?

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@We need more sympathy

Actually this is true. I worked with a man who worked 18 hour days 7 days a week and when he snapped the company showed no gratitude whatsoever.

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Fake I reckon

'cos of the mobile phone video. The windows all happened to be covered so the footage comes out OK ;)

I've never worked in an office with closed black-out blinds...

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gah, cowards

You notice nobody took him down until security got there.

If that was my office I would beat the guy unconcous with his own bloody chair.

Now in my office everyone but managers has crt's and old slow PC's. The managers have TFT's and brand new laptops. I work for an international IT reseller which just goes to show.

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