EU Must Be Kidding!

, , , | Right | November 25, 2020

I work at a bar in Slovenia that is about fifteen kilometres away from the Italian border and twenty kilometres away from the Croatian border, meaning that a lot of tourists who are going to or from their vacation pass there and stop at our bar.

I serve a lady, and after she pays, I have this conversation with her in Italian.

Lady: “So, can you tell me if Slovenia and Croatia are in the European Union? They are not, are they?”

Me: “Um… Sorry?”

Lady: “Slovenia and Croatia, they are not in the EU, right?”

Me: “Yes, they are.”

Lady: “Really? But since when?”

Me: “Slovenia has been in the EU since 2004, and Croatia since 2013.”

Lady: “No way!”

Me: “Well, yes. We, Slovenia, are also in the Schengen area. Did you have to stop at the border to have your documents looked at or did you just pass the border between Italy and Slovenia?”

Lady: “Oooh, yes, you’re right!”

After encountering this, I started to really question myself about what kind of world do some people live in, that they live in a neighboring country and don’t have a clue about what’s going on around them?

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No-r Way, Man

, , , , | Working | November 17, 2020

I’m in the process of moving from the UK to Norway, and as such, I have a mile-long list of things that need to be done before flying out. One of today’s tasks is heading down to my bank to change my address to my new Norwegian address. I tell the person on the door that I’m moving abroad and need to change my address, and he directs me to one of his colleagues.

Banker: “Moving abroad, eh? Sounds nice. Where is it you’re moving to?”

Me: “Norway.”

Banker: “Norway, that sounds nice… Is that in Germany somewhere?”

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Where The Mississippi Meets The Hudson

, , , , , | Right | November 17, 2020

I’m driving a leg of a bus route that goes from Dallas to New York. My portion of the run is from Atlanta, Georgia to Raleigh, North Carolina. The bus clearly says, “NEW YORK,” on the destination sign, but that doesn’t stop people from asking where the bus is going.

This exchange happens while I’m waiting for my passenger to come out of the station to the bus. A random lady walks up to me:

Lady: “Is this bus going to Jackson, Mississippi?”

Me: *Dumbfounded* “No, ma’am, it’s going to New York.”

Lady: “Oh… Well, is it going to Jackson, Mississippi after that?”

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All Of Europe Is Just North Africa

, , , , | Right | November 15, 2020

I work in a phone shop. A woman comes in:

Customer: *Demanding* “Why is my phone bill more expensive this month?!”

I take a look into her account.

Me: “It’s due to international roaming. At the moment, our customers can travel anywhere in the EU and use their phone at no extra charge. Countries outside the EU, such as Canada, Australia, the USA, etc., are not included, so would start to charge the extra. Have you been abroad?”

Customer: “I went to South Africa for a couple of weeks.”

Me: “This is the reason why you were charged extra.”

Customer: *With bewilderment* “South Africa is within Europe!”

Me: “No, it isn’t.”

The customer lets out a surprised gasp.

I can no longer take her seriously and find it hard to keep a straight face. As if this isn’t enough, she goes on to complain that the bank changed her password for her banking app without her consent — highly unlikely — and asks if I can do anything about it.

Me: “We are a mobile network provider, and thus can’t look into apps, especially those including sensitive information such as banking.”

The woman gives a sound between a laugh and cry, and from what I can see, she is starting to have a mini-breakdown. She quickly got up, exclaiming she would go to the bank, and walked quickly out of the store.

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A Directionless Conversation, Part 4

, , , , , | Right | November 8, 2020

The store I work in changed locations a few years back so we occasionally get calls asking where we are located now.

Me: “Thanks for calling [Store]; this is [My Name].”

Caller: “Where are you guys located?”

Me: “We are now located in [Mall] off the intersections of [Street #1] and [Street #2].”

Caller: “Okay, so should I go right or left?”

Me: *Pause* “We are on the west side of the intersection in the mall.”

Caller: “So should I turn right or left?”

Me: “Well, are you driving north or south on [Street #1]?”

Caller: “I don’t know. Just tell me right or left!”

Me: “Yes, I just need to know if you are northbound or southbound.”

Caller: “It’s a simple question; should I turn right or left!”

Me: “Left!” *Hangs up*

Related:
A Directionless Conversation, Part 3
A Directionless Conversation, Part 2
A Directionless Conversation

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