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    Not So Smart-Phone, Part 8

    | Holland, MI, USA | Crazy Requests, Technology

    (A customer walks in with his prepaid cell phone and a phone card, clearly used.)

    Me: “Hi! Something I can help you with?”

    Customer: “Yeah. I just bought this card, and now my phone isn’t working!”

    Me: “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Can I take a look at it?”

    (He hands the phone over. After a few moments, I realize his SIM card is outdated and he’ll have to get a new phone.)

    Me: “How long have you had this phone?”

    Customer: “Probably about four years. I thought they made them to last longer than this!”

    Me: “Well unfortunately, you’ll need a new SIM card. It’s an easy enough fix, and you’ll keep your minutes and phone number. You just have to give them a call and they’ll send you a new one, free of charge.”

    Customer: “How long will that take?”

    Me: “Three to five business days.”

    Customer: “That’s ridiculous! That b**** who added this card screwed it up! I want a refund!”

    Me: “Give me just a minute.”

    (I call the phone company and confirm that the minutes that were added went through fine. It is simply the technology of the old SIM is outdated.)

    Me: “Sir, the minutes were added without a problem. It’s just a SIM card that’s causing an issue; that’s all.”

    Customer: “I can’t believe this! I demand a refund on these minutes, right now! Where’s your manager?”

    (I find a manager and explain the situation. She comes over with me.)

    Manager: “I heard you were having some issues with your phone. How can I help?”

    Customer: “By giving me a d*** refund on these minutes, that’s how!”

    Manager: “So you want the minutes refunded.”

    Customer: “Yes.”

    Manager: “The minutes that are still clearly added to your phone.”

    Customer: “…yes.”

    Manager: “So the nice woman who helped you out did her job at the time.”

    Customer: “Yeah, well, I still want that b**** fired!”

    Manager: “That’s not going to happen, sir. In the meantime, please do as this young lady told you to get your phone fixed. That’s the most we can do at this time.”

    (He stares us both down for a minute before storming out.)

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