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Trying to pretend to be my parents

October 19th, 2009 · No Comments

You know what’s really annoying? Trying to pretend to be your parents so that their bank/cable company/utility company/whatever company will do business with them. Nothing bugs me more than having to call one of these companies to take care of business. Here are the scenarios that play out:

Scenario 1, I feel like being honest
After entering in a sequence of numbers just to talk to a real person…
Automatic operator: Please enter your account number or social security number.
Me: ######-###
Operator: Hello, my name is Sally and I will be helping you today.
Me: Hello Sally.
Sally: Can you please tell me the account number you are calling about?
Me: #####
Sally: And who am I speaking with today?
Me: Bill Zhou
Sally: Are you the account holder?
Me: No, my dad is.
Sally: I’m sorry but he’s going to have to call back.
Me: Oh really? His English is really bad and you wouldn’t understand. He has put me in charge of handling these things.
Sally: I’m sorry but he’s going to have to call back and we’ll have an interpreter for him.
Me: Thanks Sally. (hang up phone, get pissed off)

Scenario 2, I don’t mind lying today.
After entering in a sequence of numbers just to talk to a real person…
Automatic operator: Please enter your account number or social security number.
Me: ######-###
Operator: Hello, my name is Dorothy and I will be helping you today.
Me: Hello Dorothy.
Dorothy: Can you please tell me the account number you are calling about?
Me: #####
Dorothy: And who am I speaking with today?
Me: TJ Zhou
Dorothy: Great, how can I help you today?
Me: (liar liar pants on fire)

Can you imagine what it’s like to do this on a regular basis? When my mom can’t figure out why the phone company charged her $5 this month and not last month, she asks me to call them and find out. “It’s so easy, just call them.” I then pull my hair out.

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