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    | TX, USA | Funny Names

    (At the department store where I work we have call boxes where customers can request assistance. When the button is pressed, the name of the department where the customer needs help is paged over the PA system.)

    Customer: *to coworker* “Excuse me. My wife was just paged to swimwear. What does that mean? Where is that?”

    Coworker: *confused* “Um, we don’t have any swimwear right now. The section where it would be has coats right now.”

    Customer: “But she was paged to swimwear!”

    (My coworker looks at me for help. I’m several feet away and haven’t really been paying attention to the conversation, so I think he is just trying to find swimwear.)

    Me: “All our swimwear is on clearance now since we have all our coats in, but we will probably get some in a few weeks.”

    Customer: “But they paged my wife to swimwear!”

    Me: “Yeah that’s where the coats are—”

    Coworker: “What’s your wife’s name?”

    Customer: “Coats?”

    Coworker: “No, what’s your wife’s name?”

    Customer: “Coats!”

    (Suddenly something dawns on me.)

    Me: “Wait, did the page say, ‘Misses’ Coats and Swimwear?’”

    Customer: “Yeah! Mrs. Coates in swimwear!”

    Me: “Oh, that’s just the call box. Someone needed help in that section so it announced it over the PA.”

    Customer: “Oh…” *walks away looking confused*