Category: Geography

You may call them “lost”, but we prefer the name “geographically disadvantaged.”

Canada: America’s Hat, Part 8

| Halifax, NS, Canada | Canada, Extra Stupid, Geography

(I work in a call center dealing with Americans and insurance claims. A caller calls from Washington state.)

Caller: “Where am I calling to?”

Me: “That would be Halifax, Nova Scotia, sir.”

Caller: “Where’s that?”

Me: “That’s in Canada, sir.”

Caller: “Whoa… so that’s like a foreign country?”

Me: “Yes, sir, we’re located above the US.”

Caller: “Really? You learn something new every day!”

(After the call ends…)

Supervisor: “You should have told him Nova Scotia and Canada were suburbs of New York.”

Related:
Canada: America’s Hat, Part 7
Canada: America’s Hat, Part 6
Canada: America’s Hat, Part 5
Canada: America’s Hat, Part 4
Canada: America’s Hat, Part 3
Canada: America’s Hat, Part 2
Canada: America’s Hat

A Directionless Conversation, Part 3

| Germany | Extra Stupid, Geography, Hotels & Lodging

(I answer the phone.)

Me: “Good evening, you have reached the front desk. How may I assist you?”

Guest: “I’m lost.”

Me: “I’m sorry to hear that; where are you right now?”

Guest: “I don’t know; I told you I was lost!”

Me: “Where are you calling from right now?”

Guest: *annoyed* “My cell phone!”

Me: “I understand that, ma’am, but I need to know where you are if you would like directions to the hotel. Is there a street sign near you?”

Guest: “Yes.”

(There is a very long pause.)

Me: “Can you tell me what it says?”

Guest: “No.”

Me: “No?”

Guest: “No. It’s dark; I can’t read it.”

Me: “Ma’am, if you would like me to give you directions I will need to know where you currently are. Can you please tell me the street name?”

Guest: “Fine…”

Related:
A Directionless Conversation, Part 2
A Directionless Conversation

No Vocation For Location, Part 8

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Extra Stupid, Geography, Tourists/Travel

(We have a screen with special offers on the wall. Customer #1 is reading the board as offers flash by.)

Customer #1: “Wait, Paris is in Europe?”

Customer #2: “Really? Where did you think it was? Asia?”

Customer #1: “I never really paid much attention in Geometry class.”

(Customer #2 starts laughing as Customer #1 realizes what she just said.)

Customer #1: “Yeah… didn’t pay much attention at all.”

Related:
No Vocation For Location, Part 7
No Vocation For Location, Part 6
No Vocation For Location, Part 5
No Vocation For Location, Part 4