DeMarco Rule of Life #74: The Check Out Scanner Malfunction Paradox

Or Why Things Go Wrong When You are in a Hurry

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One common source of unlikely events. Image courtesy of Wikimedia commons. No machine-readable author provided. SchuminWeb assumed (based on copyright claims). [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)]. What that just said.

For any errand, the probability of unlikely events is inversely proportional to the amount of available time.

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