Getting Personally Annoying

| OH, USA | Learning | July 23, 2017

(My friend has bad anxiety so I call up financial aid to ask a question for him.)

Worker: “Financial aid office. How can I help you?”

Me: “Yes, I have a question. If a student’s GPA falls too low to be eligible financial aid is it possible to raise your GPA and become eligible again?”

Worker: “What’s the student number?”

Me: “Well, I am not the student. It’s just a general question. Can you become re-eligible?”

Worker: “I’m sorry, ma’am, I cannot help you without your student number.”

Me: *sigh* “Okay.” *gives number*

Worker: “So, what is the problem?”

Me: “If a student’s GPA falls too low to be eligible for financial aid, is it possible to raise your GPA and become eligible again?”

Worker: “Your GPA is fine. You are eligible for financial aid.”

Me: “No. I am asking for someone else.”

Worker: “Oh…” *pause* “…what’s the student number?”

Me: “It’s a general question. Can’t you just tell me if it’s possible?”

Worker: “I need a student number.”

Me: “Ooookay.” *gives friends number*

Worker: “Uhm… what’s the name?”

Me: *gives friend’s obviously male name*

Worker: “…and you are calling pretending to be him or…?”

Me: “No. I’m calling for him to find out if it’s possible to become re-eligible.”

Worker: “I cannot give out personal information to anyone but the student.”

Me: “Yes, that’s fine. I don’t want any of his information. I just want to know—” *repeats question*

Worker: “We take privacy here VERY seriously. You cannot pretend to be another student; I will not give you ANY of his information.”

Me: “I’m just trying to ask a general yes-or-no question.”

Worker: “I can only discuss this WITH the student. He will have to call himself or come in person to discuss his personal account.”

Me: “Fine. Ok. Whatever.” *click*

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