Operator Humor Is Operational

, , , , , | Right | July 14, 2020

My husband and I are fairly certain that he has had a case of the current bug, but since it was a very mild case and was earlier than most people were worrying about it, we didn’t get him tested. We are looking at getting antibody tests to make sure that’s what it was before we assume that we can go out and about. I’m calling all the hospitals around to see who offers the test.

Operator: “[City] Hospital, how may I direct your call?”

Me: “Hi, I’m wondering if you offer [illness] antibody testing, and if so, how much does it cost?”

Operator: *Somewhat sarcastically* “Well, as a lowly operator, I’m not sure.”

Me: “Oh, don’t say that. Operators are important, especially at a hospital.”

Operator: “I suppose so. We could be given better information, though, I’ll say that much. But I can transfer you to the hotline, and they’ll be able to answer your questions for you. Just so you know, calls for them seem to come in spurts, so they are either very busy, or very bored. So, just in case they’re very busy, let me give you their phone number, so you can call back instead of waiting on hold forever.”

I grab a pen and paper and she tells me the hotline number. After the area code, five of the seven digits are “seven.”

Me: “Oh, that’s easy enough to remember. When it doubt, stick a seven in!”

She lost it. After a minute, she got control of herself and transferred me. It must have been one of their “very boring” times, because I had a wait of about five seconds. I’m glad I was able to make her day as much as her earlier sarcasm made mine.

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