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  • September Theme Of The Month: Overheard!

    Those Who Can’t, iTeach

    | GA, USA | Technology

    Customer: “I want to see the new iPods. I am interested in one because I don’t want to buy an iPhone and be locked into a data plan.”

    Me: “Yeah, that’s the great thing about the iPod! With the addition of FaceTime, you can video chat people over wifi.”

    Customer: “FaceTime, hmm? What is FaceTime?”

    Me: “That’s a great question. It’s actually a brand new app that’s included with iOS 5 that allows you to video chat, like Skype.”

    Customer: “Well, how does it work?”

    Me: “Easy! You just open the app, tap the person you want to contact, and your device will attempt to connect to the person’s device for a video chat.”

    (At this point in the conversation, I think I am doing a great job explaining FaceTime. Then, the tone completely changes.)

    Customer: “Right, but how does it work?”

    Me: “Like I said, you just tap the—”

    Customer: “Stop, stop, stop! You already explained that. You’re avoiding the question now. How does FaceTime actually work!?”

    Me: “…Like, the technology behind it?”

    Customer: “Yes! What’s the technology behind it?”

    Me: “Oh, okay. Well when you’re connected to wifi, it allows you to—”

    Customer: “No! That’s not what I am asking. You know, I was a teacher for 20 years and if you were in my class, you would be given detention for having a smart mouth!”

    Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. I am not sure how else to explain it.”

    Customer: “Is there someone else I could talk to who knows anything!?”

    (I ended up getting my manager; they had just as tough of a time pleasing her!)