This is the back story to the Wire Stretcher
post. Read that post before you read this one
I posted the back story seperately as it would have ruined the atmosphere had i posted it together.
Someone bought a bunch of run down real-estate trying to make money. They had the old houses demolished and created a small rich-person's community This was the apprentice's first build. It was the last day of the build, and the final circuit in the last house was ready to be hooked into the panel.
One of the journeymen told the apprentice to get some more romex from the truck. There wasn't anymore (in that truck.) The apprentice went to the master electrician in charge and told him that there was no more wire. The master electrician knew there was romex in the other truck because he put all of it there as part of the set up.
"Well," said the master electrician, "Keith (the journeyman) radioed to me he needs six more inches of wire for his last run to the panel. If we don't have any more wire, you're gonna have to find a wire stretcher. Go down to Busy Beaver and ask for Dale, he'll hook you up. And hurry back."
Dale wasn't working that day. It was me, my boss, and the cashier. The apprentice came in asking for a wire stretcher, which I know doesn't exist. I felt bad that he had been duped, but I didn't wanna tell him. I made him one so he could dupe his boss.
His boss called my boss. He told my boss that he was playing a joke on his apprentice and because of me it backfired. My boss, who has a whimsical sense of humor asked the master electrician if he wanted help getting even. That's when the "order" for ten wire stretchers came in.
My boss took some flat bars and rods from the allthread assortment home and made twenty wire stretchers (if you didn't read the story, ten for the electrician, ten for stock). He printed up some packaging for them and put them in a box. He went in early the next day and placed it with the shipment from the electrical supplier.
They all came in the next day on their day off to pull the prank on me. The apprentice drove me home and told me everything that happened behind the scenes.
The moral of the story - The master electrician knows all.
As for posting it a year and a half later, Busy Beaver has a policy where 18 months after you quit, if they found out you did anything that you could have been fired for while working there, you would become ineligible for rehiring. Didn't wanna take my chances, since this is in the public radar.