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Taking Account Of The Name And Number

| Austria | Bizarre

(I work at the accountancy department in an office. The telephone rings.)

Me: “[Company], [My Name]. Good morning.”

Caller: “Hello, Mrs. [My Name]. We had a talk yesterday.”

Me: “Okay, I do not remember our conversation. What was it about?”

Caller: “I called you yesterday and we talked about the confirmation.”

Me: *absolutely not remembering said conversation* “Okay, ma’am, I do not really know which kind of confirmation you are talking about. Are you sure you were talking to me yesterday?”

Caller: “I’m absolutely sure. Your name is [My Name], right?”

Me: “That’s right, but I cannot remember a conversation about any kind of confirmation.”

Caller: *getting slightly impatient* “We were talking about my husband’s proof of citizenship.”

Me: *completely confused since this is absolutely no part of my job as an accountant* “Are you sure you didn’t talk to somebody in the human resources department?”

Caller: “No, I’m sure I talked to you, Miss [My Name]. You are Miss [My Name] who works at the local city council, right?”

Me: “Oh, the name is right, but you are currently talking to [My Name], finances and accounting, [Company].”

Caller: “Oh, are you sure?”

Me: “Yes, I’m absolutely sure. You may have dialed the wrong number.”

Caller: “But a nice lady put me through to you!”

Me: “I assume you said you wanted to be put through to Miss [My Name], so our receptionist put you through to me since this is my name.”

Caller: “Okay, I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Bye.”

Me: “It’s no problem, ma’am. Bye.”

(I looked up the phone number of the city council and it is completely different from my company’s phone number. I have no clue how this happened.)

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Actually Looking Forward To Monday

| Idyllwild, CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Holidays, Popular

Caller: “Hello. I’m trying to plan for the upcoming holidays and I don’t have a calendar. I need to know what day of the week Easter Sunday is on this year.”

Me: *thinking she was looking for the date* “It’s on April 8th.”

Caller: “I know the DATE, but what day of the WEEK is it?”

Me: “What day of the week is Easter SUNDAY?”

Caller: “Yes.”

Me: “Is that a trick question, ma’am?”

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Impossibly Free

| Canada | Crazy Requests

Caller: “I want to speak to your manager as soon as possible!! It’s very important!”

Me: “I’ll have him call you as soon as he’s free, ma’am.”

Caller: “No! I said I want him to call me as soon as POSSIBLE, not when he’s free!”

Me: “Ma’am, that IS as soon as possible.”

(The caller hung up on me. I guess it wasn’t soon enough!)

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Goes Against My Code

| RI, USA | Crazy Requests, Popular, Technology

(I write code for very high end automation systems. This is a drawn out process that has me sitting on my laptop in a customer’s space for long periods of time.)

Customer: “So, did you go to school for this?”

Me: “Yes, I did, but it is very specialized training.”

Customer: “Oh, so, you must be very good with computers.”

Me: “I am, yes.”

(It’s at this point I know what is coming and it has happened on a few occasions.)

Customer: “My computer there is running very slow. I have fast Internet; do you know why it could be slow?”

Me: *looking at older laptop* “I’m not sure. It could be a virus, some malware, there are a bunch of things it could be.”

Customer: “Oh. Could you fix it?”

Me: “I could, yes, but it’s not within the scope of the job. I’m here to do this.”

Customer: *now frustrated* “Well, I figured while you were just sitting there you could push a button and fix my computer…”

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What The Flux Capacitor!

| Norfolk, VA, USA | Crazy Requests, Popular, Time

(I work doing PC and electronic maintenance at a large company. I am called into an office to check out a malfunctioning label maker.)

Me: “So, what’s the problem?”

Customer: “It isn’t working; I can’t get it to print.”

(I take a look at the document and print out the labels effortlessly.)

Me: “Seems to be working fine.”

Customer: “Well, it wasn’t working yesterday when I needed it.”

Me: “I see. You might have just needed a simple restart. It seems to be working now. Is there anything else you need.”

Customer: “Well, why wasn’t it working yesterday?”

Me: “I can’t be sure since it seems to be working now. Unless you were doing something different?”

Customer: “No, but I needed it to work yesterday.”

Me: “Well, I’m sorry, but I can’t fix it yesterday.”

Customer: “Why not?”

Me: “Because I don’t have a time machine.”

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