Hugh Do You Think You Are

| Tucson, AZ, USA | Funny Names, Technology, Uncategorized

Me: *wrapping up the call* “Thank’s very much Hugh! Was
there anything else?”

Caller: “And what was your name? Oh Emma, right.”

Me: “My name is Uma.”

Caller: “Yuma?”

Me: “Like Uma Thurman.”

Caller: “Oh, like the actress? Are you as pretty as she is? Do you look like her?”

Me: “No. Do you look like Hugh Grant? Or Hugh Jackman?”

Caller: “Try Hugh Hefner.”

Morbid Curiosity Killed The Cat

| Utah, USA | Criminal/Illegal, Pets & Animals, Uncategorized

(I answer a crisis hot line for suicide, depression, drugs, any sort of thing they want to talk about.)

Me: “[Name of Crisis Line]. My name is [name]. Do you feel comfortable sharing your first name?”

Caller: ”Do people really ever call this line?”

Me: “Yes, they certainly do. What’s on your mind today?”

Caller: “Well that’s stupid. Do you just listen to depressed people all day?”

Me: “I listen to whatever is on their mind. That’s what we’re here for.”

Caller: “You should just tell them to off themselves.”

Me: “Sir, if you would like to speak to an operator, I’m right here. If you are prank calling us, that is a misdemeanor and we will prosecute.”

Caller: *obviously faking it* “Oh… well you see …my… um… my… cat…died.”

A Grave Concern

| Shreveport, LA, USA | Health & Body, Technology, Uncategorized

(I am the only representative in the Texas queue. I had spoken to this customer 15 minutes previously, before I went on break. He is my first call when I get back.)

Me: “Thank you for choosing [Phone Company]. How may I assist you today?”

Customer: “Aren’t you the one I talked to earlier?”

Me: *checking the account info* “Yes sir, I did speak to you earlier. Is there a problem?”

Customer: “You told me the technician would be out here on Monday. Well that’s not good enough! I need him out here right now!”

Me: “Sir, it’s 9 pm on Saturday evening. Our technicians go home at 7 pm and do not work on Sundays.”

Customer: “I don’t care, you get someone out tonight! I have a medical condition and if something happens to me while my phone is out, I’m calling my lawyer!”

Me: “Sir, I will be more than happy to send you the letter for a doctor to verify that you have a medical condition requiring your phone services to be on 24/7. Unfortunately, because the status is not currently on the account, I will not be able to get a call-out approved.”

Customer: “I don’t want your letter! I want my services back on! If something happens to me on the weekend and I die, you’ll be hearing from me!”

Left At The Hereafter

| Norway | Health & Body, Uncategorized

(I have to talk to many different dentists through the day. The old ones speak in a very old-fashioned Norwegian.)

Me: "[Company name] this is [my name]. How may I help you?"

Client: "Yes, you see, my customer just left, and I forgot to take a copy of his bill. Could you send me a new one?"

Me: "Sure miss, but I can see you live quite the distance from here, may I suggest calling the customer to get it back, or get the numbers? I am quite sure it’ll be easier for you."

Client: "But you don’t understand! He just left!"

Me: "I understand miss. I still believe it would be easier for you if you just called the customer though."

Client: "What part of ‘he just left’ is so hard to understand? He left!”

Me: "I see, I’m sorry if I bothered you with my opinions. I’m printing out a copy of the bill right as we speak, and it’ll be out by tomorrow at noon."

Client: "Good. That’s alright then.” *mumbles to herself* “…asking me to call his widow for the bill. Outrageous."

Me: "Widower? Excuse me miss, but is your customer dead?"

Client: "Oh, so now you get it, huh? I told you he left!"

Debt Collection Is All That It Is Cracked Up To Be

| Texas, USA | Uncategorized

Me: “Hello, may I please speak to Jane Doe?”

Customer: “Which one? One’s my wife and one’s my sister.”

Me: “Jane L. Doe.”

Customer: “That’s my sister. She’s a crackhead. We don’t associate with her anymore. She still owes me hundreds of dollars.”

Me: “Well, do you know anyone who could get in touch with her? Maybe your parents?”

Customer: “My parents don’t talk to her anymore either. And even if they did, I don’t want to hassle them over my good-for-nothing crackhead of a sister. Why do you want to talk to her?”

Me: “I need to speak with her regarding the property on [address].”

Customer: “That’s my house. What Jane Doe did you say you were looking for?”

Me: “Jane L Doe.”

Customer: “Oh, that’s my wife. She’s not a crackhead. She’s at church.”