It’s All Greek To This Rep

, , , , , , , | Working | March 21, 2020

(I work in a call centre for a mobile phone network. I hate it. It is a monotonous, dead-end job with no discretion. I find it frustrating. One day, a Samsung rep from a phone manufacturer comes to train us on their new products. For some reason, I give him a hard time.)

Me: *entering the classroom* “Annyeonghaseyo!”

Trainer: “Pardon?”

Me: “That’s Korean for ‘hello.’”

(His employer is Korean. The class sits down. Later…)

Trainer: “I want to start with a quiz. Does anyone know when Samsung was founded?”

(I raise my hand; the trainer points. I recently read the Wikipedia article.)

Me: “1937.”

Trainer: “Well done. Does anyone know what it was founded as?” *I raise my hand* “Anyone else?” *points* “You again?”

Me: “A grocery store.”

Trainer: “Well done again. What does ‘Samsung’ mean in Korean?”

Me: *without raising hand* “Three stars.”

Trainer: “Well done…”

(The quiz continues. Out of 20 classmates, I am the only person to get a single question right. Later, he is explaining a new feature. Without warning and mid-sentence, I interject.)

Me: “What are you going to do about the argument that a Samsung S4 is just a backward iPhone?”

Trainer: *speechless*

My Manager: *shocked* “Hey, [My Name]! Give him a break!”

(My classmates don’t know what has happened. The trainer is bewildered. The only person who knows what happened is my manager, who is well used to my antics. At the time, the market is dominated by the Apple iPhone 4S and the Samsung S3. Samsung is developing the Samsung S4, hotly anticipated by analysts. I am implying that Samsung copied the name of Apple iPhone 4S, except backward. Later, when leaving…)

Me: “Kamsamnida!”

Trainer: *confused*

Me: “That’s Korean for ‘thank you.’”

(They didn’t put me into any more training with manufacturers after that. I left shortly.)

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