Phone Company Lost Her Number On Purpose

, , , | Right | August 28, 2018

(I am working the front desk of a grocery store. An elderly lady approaches the desk and asks for a piece of paper. She writes something down on it and turns the paper to me; it has her home phone number, a landline, written on it.)

Elderly Lady: “I need you to call the phone company and tell them my phone is not working.”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but that’s something I can’t help you with; this is a grocery store.”

Elderly Lady: “I know it’s a grocery store, but I need you to call the phone company and tell them my phone isn’t working.”

(I do an internal eye roll and figure I’ll try to help her because it’s slow.)

Me: “Okay, ma’am, who provides your phone service?”

Elderly Lady: *getting agitated* “The phone company!”

Me: “Right, which one?”

Elderly Lady: “The. Phone. Company. How can I be more clear?”

(I rattle off a few of the local companies, and she gives me the “deer in the headlights” look.)

Elderly Lady: “You are not being very helpful!”

Me: “Well, I need a little more info.”

Elderly Lady: “Now you are just wasting my time!”

(The woman grabs the paper and heads for the exit. The coworker who overheard the conversation comes up to me:)

Coworker: “Next time she is going to ask you to cut her grass.”

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