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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…

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Teach A Man To Email…

| MO, USA | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Rude & Risque, Technology

(Working tech support, it isn’t uncommon to get calls from older clients. Most of these callers will be learning how to use computers for the first time, so it is always best to be patient with them, and appreciate that they’re trying to understand. My current caller is an older gentleman.)

Me: “How can I assist you today, sir?”

Caller: “I need to send an email.”

(I am meant to provide assistance on our software, so this is a little outside our remit. However, he is one of our clients, so in the interests of good customer service I decide to help out.)

Me: “You need help in setting up an email address?”

Caller: “No, no, my son did that for me already. I just… can’t remember how to get into it.”

Me: “No problem, sir. Do you remember what your address is?”

Caller: “Of course! It’s 1405 John Street. Just drive past the [Store] from the interstate and you’ll find me.”

Me: “Haha, that’s good to know, sir, but I meant your email address.”

Caller: *pause* “Oh, of course you did. How silly of me. You must think me quite the fool.”

Me: “Not at all, sir. After all, I didn’t specify which address!”

Caller: “You’re too kind to an old man. Now, yes, I have it written down here somewhere.”

(As I hear him rifling through some papers, I take a look at his customer account. I suspect that his customer details were set up with the assistance of his son. I see an email address written as [First Name][Last Name][email protected])

Me: “Sir, would your email address be your name, and the year of your birth by any chance?”

Caller: “Yes! That’s it! That’s amazing! How did you know that!”

Me: “It was the email address used when your account with us was set up, sir.”

Caller: “You can see that? How wonderful! Yes, that’s the one.”

Me: “No problem, sir.”

(I go through the steps of logging into his email address, help him with his password prompts (he’d forgotten) and finally get him to the email screen.)

Caller: “So I simply just type my email into this box and then hit the send button?”

Me: “That’s all there is to it, sir.”

Caller: “That’s amazing! You’ve turned my life around, son!”

Me: “It was nothing at all, sir.”

Caller: “You’ve been more help to me these last few minutes than anyone else I’ve ever called about any of this stuff. Can I call you again?”

Me: “Certainly, sir, just call this number and ask for [My Name], and I will be more than happy to help out with anything you need.”

Caller: “Can I call up tomorrow? I’ll need help finding those naughty websites my grandsons don’t know that I know about.”

Me: *pause for shock, but remaining professional* “I will be more than happy to help out with almost anything you need…”

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Some People Can’t Change

| Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA | Extra Stupid, Money, Technology

(At our store, we have a self-service lottery machine. It only takes bills and has a clearly printed sign stated it does not give change.)

Customer: “Does this machine not do change?”

Me: *thinking she means ‘give change’* “No, ma’am. I’m sorry.”

Customer: “Oh. I put a dollar in, but oh, well.”

(She leaves without purchasing anything from the machine. About an hour later, a coworker opens the lottery machine door to unload the money for the back office and a rain of quarters clatter to the floor. Apparently the customer had shoved actual change into the bill slot, and was surprised when it didn’t work!)

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The Times They Aren’t A Changin’  

| USA | Extra Stupid, Technology

Customer: “I have two phones and I just want to use one; one is personal and one is corporate. I want to just have my corporate number and move my personal line into the corporate account so I only have one.”

Me: “Okay. So, you are wanting to move [personal number] into your corporate account, and then cancel the number that was already on the [corporate number]?”

Customer: “Yes.”

(I move their personal line to the corporate account, and ask to reconfirm they want to cancel the corporate line.)

Customer: “Yes, but let me ask you a question. Will the calls will still go to my [corporate number]?”

Me: “Well, no, people will call the [personal number], as the previous corporate line [corporate number] will be canceled as you asked.”

Customer: “No, I don’t want to use [personal number]. I want to use the [corporate number].”

Me: “So… did you actually just want to use the iPhone that is on the [personal number] then, so you only have one phone?”

Customer: “No, no, no. I want to use the Samsung phone on the [corporate number]!”

Me: “Sooo… basically you didn’t want to make any changes at all?”

Customer: “Yes. Just change it back.”

Me: “All right, let me get you to the department that does that…”