Using a TOPO XL Cloning kit, our lab took some amplified human DNA, inserted it into the vector, and attempted to clone it in E. coli. However, upon sequencing the purified plasmid product, the sequence we got back was E. coli rather the human we had amplified. The primers sat down in the plasmid as intended, just the sequence between the primers appears to be from E. coli (as implied by BLASTing it against a human, getting no results, and then blasting it against E. coli and getting a hit).
The root cause turned out to be a lying spec. Using a different one, it was revealed that there was next to no template DNA in the initial amplification. No DNA, no good plasmids.