Just got to thinking. There were a number of new post form people who zapped their motor shields. I thought it might make them feel better to know that they are not alone.
While working as test manager for a company that manufactured mass spec units, I managed to short the internal high voltage source to main PC board with spectacular results. The machine itself retailed for $300,000. The PC board, of course, could be replaced so the whole unit was not destroyed, but can you imagine how you would feel if you were a lab tech doing chemical analysis and you zapped it?
The up side is that we corrected the problem, and since it was my job to try and break these guys... well I did my job even though I didn't know I was doing it at the time.
So since I really don't know what the repair would have cost outside the "test" situation, lets just say I zapped a $300,000 piece of equipment.
We have $300,000... do I hear anything higher?