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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…

Radiating With Stupidity

| Estonia | Extra Stupid, Family & Kids, Technology

(An English-speaking client is trying to get some information about a guitar festival that is supposed to take place that day. He says his wife had talked to someone earlier about it but I’m having trouble finding any information about a guitar festival at all.)

Me: “May I please call you back in a few minutes? I’ll try to find out who was talking to your wife earlier and where she found the information.”

Client: “No, that’s not an option. You see, I can’t use this phone around my children because of the radiation. I’m standing outside of the car right now.”

Has A Limited Streetview

| AZ, USA | Extra Stupid, Geography, Technology

(I work as a salesman selling billboards all over the state, and have both national and local clients. I get a phone call on my cell phone.)

Me: “Hello, you’ve reached [My Name]!    ”

Client: “Hello, [My Name]; it’s [Client] from [His Business]. I bought a board from you?”

Me: “Oh, yes! I believe it was installed last Monday and looks just great. I passed by it the other day. What’s going on?”

Client: “Well, I’m looking at the board right now and it doesn’t have my design on it!”

Me: *surprised, because I had just passed it the day before and it was there* “What do you mean? Is there another advertisement on there?”

Client: *getting more mad* “Yes! I thought I was paying to be up there for three months!”

Me: “Hold on, [Client]. I’ll go out there right now and take a look!”

(I proceed to drive an hour from the office to go to the billboard. It’s located on a strip of highway between two cities, so there is nothing but desert around it. When I get there, I see that the client’s ad is up. I give him a call.)

Me: “Hi, [Client], I’m standing here in front of the board and your advertisement is up!”

Client: “That’s b******t! I’m looking at it right now too, and it’s for [Other Advertiser]!”

Me: “…Where are you? Are you at the right board? I don’t see you here.”

Client: “Well, of course I’m not there! I’m at my store, looking at it on [Website commonly used to view streets]!”

Me: *trying hard not to be rude* “[Client], [Website] runs that service, not [My Company], and they don’t always update the images. What you’re seeing is an old advertiser. I promise you, I’m standing right here. I’ll take a picture with my phone and email it to you.”

Client: “You better not be lying, because I’ll sue you for wrongful advertisement!”

(I sent him a photo with his advertisement up, as well as a photo of me with the board in the background. He then renewed his contract with us for another year!)

Failed On The First Rung

| Sweden | Crazy Requests, Technology

(I’m working at a known computer games chain, and one day I get this call:)

Caller: “Hi, it’s me.”

Me: *not recognising the voice* “Hello? I’m not sure I kn—”

Caller: “Look, I bought a game from you yesterday and now I need help.”

Me: “Okay, what game wa—”

Caller: “The one you sold me. You know. Yesterday. I’m stuck now at the ladder. How do I get up?”

Me: “Ehm, I sell lots of games everyd—”

Caller: “Look, it’s just the ladder!”

Me: “I’m sure there are online guides. If not, we sell hint books for mos—”

Caller: “God, are you slow?! I don’t want a hint book, and I don’t have time checking things up online! Just tell me how to get up the d*** ladder!”

Me: “I’m sorry; I don’t even know what game you are playing, and—”

Caller: “How hard can it be! You sold me this game! Just tell me!”

Me: “Sir, I’m sorry but I don’t play every game there is and I wasn’t even here yesterday, but it’s—”

Caller: “Never mind!” *click*