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SwanJun
10-04-2008, 01:37 PM
So I'm a phone Jockey at Corp and therefore hear a lot of really stupid questions and see things that would make most heads explode on a daily basis.

Yesterday I got an absolute Hall-of-Famer that I am still trying to wrap my head around.

I'm Australian by upbringing and moved to this lovely land of Canada only a handful of years ago. To eke out the homesickness I generally listen to a Perth Radio starion during the day at work.

This has always gotten a few strange questions, one from a merchandise allocator who was curious as to why all of the Announcers had Australian Accents ... (this was after they had asked me if it was an Australian station and had been listening to it themselves for a couple of days on thier own computer)

The best/worst came yesterday from one of our clothing vendors.

The conversation went like this:

SJ - The true blue Aussie sheila
DB - Dumb blonde who is actually a brunette

DB - So this is Australian, right?
SJ - Yup. Perth, on the West Coast
DB - Sydney?
SJ - ... Yeah ... Okay ... Sydney.
DB - So you're a day ahead over there, right?
SJ - 12 hours, actually. Unless we're talking Sydney, which is 14 or 15 ...
DB - So a day ahead. Cool.
SJ - ...

Begin countdown to brain explosion .... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

DB - So if you're a day ahead ... Does that mean you get the news a day before we do in Canada?
SJ - ... Wha?
DB - Yeah, because if you are a day ahead over there, you know what's happening a day before we do.
SJ - Are you being serious?
DB - Yes I am. Maybe I should listen too, so I know what's happening before the rest of the country.
SJ - ... Uh, yeah?
DB - That makes sense, right?

And these people all think that *I* am the moron??

SJ

Kiwi
10-04-2008, 02:25 PM
my mum once asked if I should send calenders to K's parents for christmas

then she was like... oh now wait your a day behind arnt you (BC is 4-5 hours behind Auckland) so if its monday the 1st here it will be sunday the 1st in canada right....

yes mum... yes thats right ;)

Becks
10-04-2008, 05:36 PM
Well, that made my poor head throb.

LoTech
10-10-2008, 02:46 PM
DB - So if you're a day ahead ... Does that mean you get the news a day before we do in Canada?
SJ

I have trouble with how the international date line works, but that is RIDICULOUS! (I own a watch with a 'world time' function for a reason.)

Be thankful, though! They could have been calling for the lotto numbers! Because we all know what happens when a SC is told that their (ludicrous, impossible) expectations are not going to be met...

Evil Queen
10-10-2008, 03:20 PM
How did you prevent yourself from putting your hand on the back of his head and having his face become good friends with your desk?

RetailWorkhorse
10-10-2008, 05:11 PM
Very carefully, EQ. Very, very, carefully.