Category: Technology

The realm of Technical Support is there to provide expert assistance to those who are not so tech-savvy. Although they still expect you to know what a computer is, and how to turn it on, and to know that you can’t ‘fix the internet’ because it isn’t pretty enough. You have been warned…

Unable To Think Outside The XBox

| Manchester, England, UK | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work in a video game store. However, being female, customers tend not to listen to what I say, despite the fact I know as much as my male coworkers.)

Customer: “Hi, do you have GTA 4 for Xbox?”

Me: “Sure.” *hands her an Xbox 360 copy*

Customer: “No, I mean for Xbox One?”

Me: “No, it hasn’t been released for the Xbox One, I’m afraid.”

Customer: “Oh, okay. If you don’t have it I’ll look online. Someone will be selling it, right?”

Me: “No, because it isn’t on the Xbox One. It doesn’t exist.”

Customer: “Oh, well. I’ll keep an eye out; someone will be selling it, I imagine.”

Me: *gives up*

Cents-less Attempts To Browse

, | Portugal | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work in a tech support call center. The calls aren’t free, and the cost of the call per minute is clearly stated before the customer is put on hold for an operator. One of the ISPs that hires us has recently changed their webmail platform and people are having some issues adapting. I start my shift at 8:30 in the morning. It’s 8:29 and I see a call waiting, so I decide to login a minute early to help this customer.)

Me: “[Company], good morning. My name is [My Name]. How may I help you?”

Customer: *very rudely* “Miss, at 30 cents per minute, I just payed to listen to half a minute of music. But let’s get to the point. I’m trying to access my webmail and the page looks weird. It’s all disfigured and I can see a kind of grid all over the screen. When I click on something it doesn’t respond correctly. I want to know if [ISP] is having any issues with their new webmail page.”

(We have no access to any ISP’s client database, so the first thing I do every time I get a call is run the phone number through our search engine to see if the client is registered on our database. When a customer is a first time caller, I have to ask for his information to insert him in the system.)

Me: “Okay, we’ll get right on fixing that issue for you, but first I need some information.”

(I ask him for the minimum data possible to be able to help him, as I notice he is clearly impatient and I don’t want to anger him any further.)

Me: “All right, so, you told me you’re having trouble viewing the new webmail page correctly. Do you have another browser you can try to see if there might be a problem with the one you are using now?”

Customer: “I use Internet Explorer. I have no other browsers and I will install no other browsers. I’ve always used this browser and it works just fine for [Popular Worldwide Webmail Provider]. I only have a problem with [ISP]’s new webmail page, because the old one worked just fine! Just tell me if [ISP] is having any temporary issues with their webmail!”

Me: “I have no information regarding a problem with [ISP]’s webmail page. The problem must be on your browser. I can guide you through the process of…”

Customer: “Don’t try to outsmart me, young lady, because I am not illiterate when it comes to computers! I bet I know more than you! I’ve dealt with computers all my life and I know my browser is just fine! It works fine with [Popular Worldwide Webmail Provider]; it’s only [ISP]’s webmail page I have a problem with!”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but there really seems to be nothing wrong with [ISP]’s webmail page. Most of the time when there’s a problem viewing a webpage correctly, clearing your browser history, cache, cookies, temporary files, and restoring your advanced browser settings is enough to solve the problem. It’s a fairly quick process, and as I was saying before, I can guide you through it to get everything working again.”

Customer: “What?! You want to change my browser settings? I suggest you start having milk for breakfast instead of brandy. Good day.” *click*

Dial ‘S’ For Stupid

| Vancouver, BC, Canada | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work for a well-known cable company that offers home phone, Internet, and cable TV. After normal greeting and verifying customer info:)

Customer: “Please help me; I don’t have a dial tone and I need to make a phone call.”

(I look at the phone info and see that it is currently being used. I look at the caller ID and realize it matches the customer’s telephone number.)

Me: “Sir, are you calling from your phone right now?”

Customer: “Well, yes, how else would I be talking to you?”

Me: “Sir, if you do not have a dial tone how did you call me from the phone?”

Customer: “Well, I don’t remember!” *hangs up*

Wireless, Clueless, Hopeless, Part 27

| Denmark | Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work from home as a technical worker for a big firm. Employees can call me for ‘serious issues,’  but more often than not it’s trivial crap.)

Employee: “Hello. I’m having issues with my WiFi not connecting as it should.”

Me: “Okay, that could be several reasons that cause this. Maybe you could do a quick automatic check?”

(I walk her through how to troubleshoot on Windows.)

Employee: “Okay, that’s fixed it for now, but maybe you guys should actually use ‘wind-proof’ routers.”

(I stutter for a moment, not believing someone could be so stupid.)

Me: “What do you mean exactly? WiFi signals that aren’t affected by particles in the air?” *I chuckle slightly*

Employee: “Yes, they aren’t so hard to get. I think my WiFi keeps blowing out the windows and away from my PC.”

Me: “Uh huh… I’ll look into that. Goodbye.”

(I put the phone down, and put my head in my hands for a full 10 seconds before going back to the task at hand.)

Wireless, Clueless, And Hopeless, Part 26
Wireless, Clueless, And Hopeless, Part 25
Wireless, Clueless, And Hopeless, Part 24

Has No Liquidation Contemplation

| Australia | Crazy Requests, Technology

(A huge nationwide electronics chain is closing down, signs are everywhere and it’s been all over the news; you couldn’t miss the fact we are closing.)

Customer: “I bought this DVD player here two weeks ago and just found out it doesn’t play movies on USB. Can I get a refund?”

Me: “Sorry, I can’t accept any stock back unless faulty since we entered liquidation this week.”

Customer: “Can I get an exchange, then?”

Me: “I’m afraid not. No refunds or exchanges can be done anymore.” *points to one of the six A4 signs on the counter: ‘All sales final. No refunds unless faulty.’*

Customer: *while storming off* “This is ridiculous; I’m never shopping here again!”

Me: *to my coworker* “Like that will make a difference…”

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