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  • Foolish As A Second Language

    | Thorofare, NJ, USA | Top

    Me: “Good afternoon, I’m from [collections agency]. Is **** available to speak?”

    Young girl: “Sure, hold on one second.”

    (A few moments later…)

    Client: “Hello?”

    Me: “Good afternoon, sir. I’m making a courtesy call on behalf of [credit card company] about the overdue balance on the account you have with them.”

    Client: “What?”

    Me: “You currently owe $3,800.00, but you haven’t made a payment in 6 months. I’m calling to see if you’re having trouble paying the bill. I can also help you set up a payment plan to make it easier for you to handle the payments.”

    Client: “NO HABLO ESPA√ëOL!”

    Me: “Sir, that’s why I’m speaking to you in English.”

    Client: “Huh?”

    Me: “You just said, ‘I don’t speak Spanish’.”

    (There’s a bit of a pause while he digests what I’ve said.)

    Client: “…What do I owe again?”

    Negative Tree-inforcement

    | Tulsa, OK, USA |

    (A customer comes up with a 40 pound tree teetering on the edge of her flatbed cart.)

    Customer: “This tree sure is wobbly!”

    Me: “Just be careful with it, ma’am. Don’t let it fall.”

    (As I lean down to scan several other smaller plants, the customer lets go of the tree and it hits me on the head.)

    Me: “Ouch!”

    Customer: “You should improve your attitude. You haven’t smiled once this whole time!”

    As Shameless As She Is Shirtless

    , | Sliema, Malta | Top

    (I’m second in line to use a dressing room. In front of me is an impatient lady.)

    Customer: “When will I get to use the dressing rooms?”

    Attendant: “Very soon, madam. You’re next in line, so it should be any minute now.”

    Customer: “But I’ve been here ten minutes already!”

    Attendant: “Have some patience, madam. One of the rooms should be free any moment now.”

    (Suddenly, the customer starts to undress right in front of everyone.)

    Attendant: “Madam! Please wait for one of the dressing rooms to be free before you remove any more clothing!”

    (The customer stops, but not before removing her shirt and exposing her bra.)

    Customer: “FINE!”

    (Another customer walks out and the shirtless customer finally walks into a dressing room.)

    Attendant, to me: “Wow… just in time. I didn’t need to see any more of that!”

    (As if on cue, the impatient customer comes back out, but this time she’s completely topless.)

    Topless customer, to attendant: “Here, take this shirt back. It’s too revealing!”

    Fpelling Is Fimple

    | Boulder, CO, USA |

    (I’m trying to instruct a caller how to visit a website.)

    Customer: “It says ‘page cannot be displayed’.”

    Me: “Okay, please go to google.com.”

    Customer: “Okay, it came up.”

    Me: “Alright, it looks like we got the address wrong the first time. Let’s try it again.” *I spell out the entire URL*

    Customer: “It’s still not working.”

    Me: “OK, could you please spell it back to me?”

    Customer: “H-T-T-P-F…”

    Me: “I see what happened here. At the beginning we need to put H-T-T-P-S as in ‘Sierra’.”

    Customer: “OK, H-T-T-P-F…”

    Me: “No, not F as in Frank, S as in Sam. S as in sample.”

    Customer: “H-T-T-P-F…”

    Me: “Sir, no, we need to make sure that it is an S as in Sierra.” S as in solution.”

    Customer: *really upset at this point* “YOU’RE NOT MAKING ANY SENSE! F AS IN SIERRA?! F AS IN SIERRA?! SIERRA BEGINS WITH AN S!

    Teaching The Next Generation

    , | Chicago, IL, USA | Top

    (I’m folding clothes when a young girl of about six comes up to me. Her mom is in a nearby fitting room trying clothes on.)

    Girl: “Why do you have to fold those shirts?”

    Me: “Well, they have to look neat on the tables, so I need to fold them.”

    Girl: “So whenever someone looks at a shirt, you have to refold it?”

    Me: “If it gets unfolded, yes.”

    (Just then another customer walks up to the table and proceeds to unfold the top shirt from the pile, look at it, and throw it back down on top of the pile.)

    Girl: “That must get really annoying.”

    Me: “You have no idea.”

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