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    Lost In Translation

    | Seattle, WA, USA |

    Me: “Hello, this is Classifieds, can I help you?”

    Customer: *with a heavy accent* “Yays, I put een an ad, and eet sayes ‘peacock truck’ but eet should be ‘peacock truck’.”

    Me: “The ad says ‘peacock truck’, but it should be ‘peacock truck’? I don’t understand the difference. Did they get the color wrong or something?”

    Customer: “No, no, peacock – eet ees not a color, eet ees a peacock, a peacock truck!” *starts swearing in Spanish*

    Me: “Sir, is there anyone else there who might be able to talk to me? I’m sorry; I can’t understand what you’re trying to tell me.”

    Customer: “Eet is seemple, eet ees a peacock truck – Pee, uh, ee, ee, uh…”

    Me: “Sir…are you trying to spell ‘pickup’? Is it a pickup truck you’re selling?”

    Customer: ‘Yays, yays, eet ees a peacock truck, like I say before.”

    Me: “Right, sir, I’ll fix that for you. We’ll run the ad for two days extra, to make up for lost time”.

    Customer: “Thank you. Goodbye.” *hangs up*

    (I receive another call later that day.)

    Me: “Hello, this is Classifieds, can I help you?”

    Customer: “Yeah, I went to look at this truck that was advertised in your paper, and it wasn’t what they said it was. It’s false advertising!”

    Me: “What was the problem? What was wrong?”

    Customer: ‘Well, the ad said it was a peacock truck, and I love that color. We went to see it, and it was black! That’s not peacock!”