If you still have problems with it you are in Luck. There is a fellow in your area going by the alias of Ken Ruth at Bald Mountain Photography in Davenport, CA.
Give Ken a call even if all you want is a good laugh.
Congratulations... Your GF is a keeper. I'm sure you will have the shutter figured out in no time...
To heck with the GF the camera is a keeper the GF is now expendable.