As an independent consultant, Steve G. sees his fair share bizarre, homebrewed applications that somehow manage to run a business. The story usually goes: the business owner's brother's sister-in-law's mother's second-cousin's son is a complete whiz and does this sort of thing all the time, and would be happy to whip together a quick system for them, and then a few months later, the business owner desperately calls Steve to try to fix the horrible mess. Today's example is different with only one exception ...

... the exception being that Steve told the business owner that he was on his own. I'll leave it as an exersize for the reader to immagine how this point-of-sale system operated.