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    Are We Human, Or Are We Answers

    | Germany | Bizarre

    (I’m an online chat agent for a phone company. I help customers choose and order cell phones and plans through online chat.)

    Customer: “Do you carry [mobile broadband plan]?”

    Me: “Yes, we do! Would you like me to help you choose the right plan for you?”

    Customer: “No. You’re automatic s***! I wanted to talk to an actual employee! No way I’m ever using [company] again.”

    Me: “I assure you I’m in fact human. Now, do you want to continue?”

    Customer: “I don’t believe you. Who’s our finance minister?”

    (I tell her the name of Germany’s finance minister.)

    Customer: “Oh, sorry, then. I just assumed because you were typing so neatly! Yeah, let’s keep going.”

    (I help her figure out what’s the perfect internet plan for her needs. I make sure to do some small talk and deliberately add a typo here or there.)

    Customer: “Thanks, that was really helpful! I’ll go buy it at the store, then.”

    (I’m bummed because I have spent a lot of time helping her and I was looking forward to my commission. I won’t get this commission if she orders through the store.)

    Me: “You’re welcome, but I could give you 25€ off if you order with me. It’s a matter of five minutes, tops.”

    Customer: “No, thanks. I want to buy from an actual person, not a computer. Bye!” *hangs up*