A hilarious collection of the stupidest customers to ring Britain's call centres has become a cult hit. Many callers were recorded as they went through some of the silliest inquiries ever received by exasperated operators.
The loony exchanges are rapidly flying around the web in a chain email. Here are some of the best...
- Customer: "I've been ringing 0700 2300 for two days and can't get through to enquiries, can you help?"
- Operator: "Where did you get that number from, sir?"
- Customer: "It was on the door to the travel centre".
- Operator: "They're our opening hours".
- Caller: "Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?"
- Operator: I'm sorry, sir, I don't understand who you are talking about".
- Caller: "In the user guide it clearly states I need to unplug the fax machine from the wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning. Can you give me his number?"
- Caller: Does your European Breakdown Policy cover me when I am travelling in Australia?"
- Operator: " Doesn't the name of the product give you a clue?"
- Caller: "If I register my car in France, do I have to change the steering wheel to the other side of the car?"
- Caller: "I''d like the number of the Argoed Fish Bar in Cardiff please".
- Operator: "I'm sorry, there's no listing. Is the spelling correct?"
- Caller: "Well, it used to be called the Bargoed Fish Bar but the 'B fell off".
- ...Then there was the caller who asked for a knitwear company in Woven...
- Operator: "Woven? Are you sure?"
- Caller: "Yes. That''s what it says on the label: Woven in Scotland".
On another occasion, a man making heavy breathing sounds from a phone box told a worried operator: "I haven't got a pen, so I''m steaming up the window to write the number on".
- Tech Support: "I need you to right-click on the Open Desktop".
- Customer: "OK" .
- Tech Support: "Did you get a pop-up menu?"
- Customer: "No" .
Tech Support: "OK. Right-Click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?"
- Customer: "No" .
- Tech Support: "OK. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?"
- Customer: "Sure. You told me to write 'click' and I wrote 'click'".
- Tech Support: "OK. In the bottom left hand side of the screen, can you see the 'OK' button displayed?"
- Customer: "Wow. How can you see my screen from there?"