What Would Jesus Do For Free Wifi

| Toledo, OH, USA | Crazy Requests, Religion, Technology

(I used to work for an Internet broadband company, and in addition to technical questions, I would also have to be able to resolve billing issues. The customer who calls this time, however, has an interesting take on things:)

Me: “Let’s take a look at your account. Just give me one moment to call—”

Caller: MY INTERNET’S BUSTED!

Me: “I’m sorry to hear that, ma’am; it will take just one moment. Ah, here we go. It seems that this account has not been paid on for three months, so we have suspended yo—”

Caller: “WHY’S MY INTERNET SHUT OFF?!”

Me: “Ma’am, I can understand your frustration, but due to non-payment, we’ve suspended your account. However, if you would like to make a credit card payment over the phone, I can go ahead an—”

Caller: “I DON’T HAVE A CREDIT CARD! WHY IS MY INTERNET NOT WORKING?!”

Me: “Ma’am, I’m sorry, but I can’t turn you back on until a portion of the balance is paid off. if you are able to make a partial payment o—”

Caller: “TURN ME BACK ON! I NEED MY INTERNET!” *in a suddenly quiet voice* “Jesus wouldn’t have turned me off.”

Me: *startled blink* “Pardon, ma’am?”

Caller: *gaining steam* “I said, Jesus wouldn’t have turned me off! I don’t have the money to pay for this, but he wouldn’t have shut me off!”

Me: “…I do apologize ma’am, but I don’t see where this is relevant to your overdue bill—”

Caller: “JESUS LOVED EVERYONE AND WOULD HAVE GIVEN ME FREE INTERNET!”

Me: “Ma’am, do you remember biblical quotes? Wasn’t it Jesus himself who said, ‘render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar’s, and render unto God, that which is God’s?'”

Caller: *silence*

Me: “Anyway, I cannot turn you back on until you’ve made a payment.”

Caller: “LET ME SPEAK TO YOUR MANAGER!”

Me: “My pleasure!”

Finally Getting With The Program

, | FL, USA | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work in a call center for a telephone company in their DSL technical support department. Apparently my “phone voice” is very close to the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system’s. At least once a week, I get a call like this:)

Me: “Good afternoon. Thank you for calling [Company]. My name is [My Name]. How may I assist you today?

Caller: Are you human?

(At this point, I can usually hear some frustration in the customer’s voice, so I say something that they’re not expecting to break the ice.)

Me: “No, sir/ma’am. I am just a better programmed computer…”

Directionless Wireless

| Sheffield, England, UK | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work in technical support for an ISP. During a call with a customer the following conversation transpired.)

Customer: “Your router isn’t very good is it? I can only get wireless signal downstairs.”

Me: “Well, it is a very basic router. Is your house fairly old, as in having rather thick walls and ceilings?”

Customer: “That’s right.”

Me: “That would be why. The signal is struggling to get through. You can always look into a more powerful router or a booster, maybe?”

Customer: “But… I don’t understand. I leave the door open so it can get upstairs.”

Wireless, Clueless And Hopeless, Part 15

| Sweden | Extra Stupid, Technology

(The ISP I work for recently made a drive about their new modem. It is marketed as being the easiest wireless system on the market. Unfortunately, the system isn’t that great and I have received 27 calls that day alone about malfunctioning modems.)

Me: “Hi, and welcome to [Company]. My name is [My Name]. How may I be of service?”

Caller: “The s*** you guys sold to me a while back isn’t working.”

Me: “That is very unfortunate, but thankfully I am here to help you. Name and address, please?

(She tells me her name and address and I check her history.)

Me: “It seems you have had our system for at least a month. Did it stop working just now?”

Caller: “That’s right. I’ve had it for a month, but I only started using it this morning and it doesn’t work at all.”

Me: “Then could you please tell me which lights are shining on the front of your modem?”

(The most common mistake is that the customer hasn’t switched on the wifi on the modem.)

Caller: “None, of course.”

Me: “Not even the power light at the top?”

Caller: “Should it?”

Me: “Yes. Please verify that the power cable is plugged into the modem.”

Caller: “What cable? Isn’t this supposed to be wireless?”

Me: *awkward silence* “Well…”

Caller: “What the f***? Are you telling me that your ads are straight-up lying to me?”

Me: “What is meant by wireless is that you don’t need to connect your computer to the modem. Can you please attach your modem to the wall socket by the cable provided?”

Caller: “Are you a f****** idiot? I threw away all cables! I mean, I thought you sent them by mistake!”

Me: *somewhat taken aback* “And it didn’t occur to you that electronics run on electricity?”

Caller: “I WANT A REFUND! YOU PEOPLE LIED TO ME!”

Me: “You are on a contract that will last for another three years and since more than two weeks has passed since it was bought, you can’t.”

Caller: “YOU F****** LYING PIECE OF GODD*** C***-S***!”

Me: “But since you obviously are quite upset I will transfer you to the cancellation department so you may sort it out with them. Have a nice day.”

(I transfer her call to our cancellation department. The last thing I hear is the queue voice going: ‘You are on place… one-hundred and… eighty… seven. Estimated waiting time is… two-hundred and… fifty… five minutes…’)

Related:
Wireless, Clueless, And Hopeless, Part 14
Wireless, Clueless, And Hopeless, Part 13
Wireless, Clueless, And Hopeless, Part 12

Upgrade Degrade

| USA | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work at a web hosting company where we have several levels of packages. Customer is currently on a server with hundreds of others and is trying to set up an account with a username that is already taken.)

Customer: “I can’t use this username; it says it’s already in use.”

Me: “Let me take a look and see what’s going on.”

(I check. Sure enough, someone else on the server is using the username already.)

Me: “I do apologize, but there is someone on the server already using that username. You will have to use another.”

Customer: “I guess I’ll just have to upgrade to a dedicated server.”

(A dedicated is a server with no other users, but is also 10 times the price.)

Me: “You don’t have to upgrade. Simply use another username. You can always just add a 1 to the end of it, that will work.”

Customer: “No, thanks. I knew I’d have to upgrade eventually.”

Me: “No problem. Was there anything else I could do for you today?”

Customer: “Let me talk to your manager. I can’t believe you’re making me upgrade! This is ridiculous!”

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