A Cent-less Exercise

| Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Crazy Requests, Money

(I work in store for one of Australia’s largest phone and Internet companies. An older customer walks in to pay a bill for $14.99. Australian currency doesn’t come in pennies, the smallest denomination being 5c, so he has to pay $15.)

Me: “And there’s your receipt. Do you need help with anything else?”

Customer: “It says here I paid off $14.99.”

Me: “Yes, sir.”

Customer: “I gave you $15. I should be building up a credit.”

Me: “…”

Customer: “I want my credit!”

(I had to process a 1c bill payment for this guy so he’d get his credit. I was told that he came back when I wasn’t working a week later to complain that the credit hadn’t show up on his next bill!)

How To Fell His Yell

| QLD, Australia | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests

(I work for a large national mobile company. Road works cut our fibre cable and the network goes down. One gentleman keeps coming in and terrorising my staff.)

Customer: “You broke the network. I demand to be back up and running, now.”

Me: “Sir, I understand the frustration. Unfortunately we all have to wait until the cable is fixed; there isn’t any way around it.”

Customer: “Why did you cut the cable?”

Me: “Sir, I didn’t cut the cable. The road workers did.”

Customer: *all red faced and angry* “All you people are the same, useless! Why don’t you go out there and help them?!”

Me: *fed up* “Because then there wouldn’t be anyone here for you to yell at.”

Introducing The iMoney

, | Kingston, Ontario, Canada | Technology

(I work in a call center for a phone company. We often get customers who will say anything to get a credit. This customer is saying that her phone drops calls.)

Me: “According to my troubleshooting flow, your phone appears to be defective. I can offer to replace your phone for free.”

Customer: “No, I’ll take a credit.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I cannot offer you a credit. I can only offer to replace your phone.”

Customer: “Just give me a credit.”

Me: “I cannot give you a credit.”

Customer: “Why not?”

Me: “Because that’s the resolution to your issue. Applying a monetary credit to your account will not cause your phone to stop dropping calls.”

Customer: “Yes, it will!”

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