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    Their Custom Is Sai-Gone

    | USA | Bigotry, Employees, Geography, Language & Words

    (My girlfriend and I are on a trip to the south of the US and decide to stop at a sandwich shop for lunch. I am a white Canadian and she is Vietnamese, both born and raised in Canada.)

    Me: “Hello! I’ll take a 12-inch [sub] meal.”

    Girlfriend: “I’ll t—”

    Server: “I’m sorry, I don’t speak Chinese.” *turns to me* “To save time, can you just order for her, please?”

    Me: “Well, first of all, she’s not Chinese. She’s Vietnamese—”

    Server: “Same thing. I don’t speak the language!”

    Me: “Second, she does speak English if you let her.”

    (My girlfriend is shy and always tries to avoid conflict, so I have to nudge her to order. After we both do and I have my sub extensively customized, with added items, extra cheese, and toasted. We get to the register.)

    Server: “That will be [total].”

    Me: “You know what? Naaah, I changed my mind. Have a nice day. Bye.”

    (We left the server holding the wrapped subs and walked out without a word.)

    In A State Of Incontinence

    | TN, USA | Employees, Extra Stupid, Geography, Technology

    (I’m buying gift cards. I don’t know whether to get one for my niece. She will be taking an extended trip to Europe soon, and I’m not sure whether the gift cards work in the store’s overseas locations.)

    Me: “Do you know whether these cards can be used in other countries?”

    Cashier: “I’m pretty sure they can. My friend just went to Hawaii, and her card worked just fine there.”

    Me: “Umm… You do realize that Hawaii is a US state? Right?”

    Cashier: “But it’s overseas!”

    Literally Just South Of The Magic Kingdom

    | Santa Fe Springs, CA, USA | Crazy Requests, Employees, Extra Stupid, Geography

    (I work in a furniture dealership. I’m calling a vendor of ours for a quote to have some items shipped to me. They ship to us fairly regularly.)

    Vendor: “Where are we shipping these to?”

    Me: “To our main warehouse in Santa Fe Springs, California.”

    Vendor: “Where is that?”

    Me: “It’s just south of LA. Our zip code is 90670.”

    Vendor: “That’s not a real place.”

    Me: “Yes, it is. This is where we’re located. You’ve shipped to us before.”

    Vendor: “Well, my computer says it isn’t real. Why don’t you call me back when you have a real address?” *click*

    Losing Count(y) Of The Scams

    | UK | Employees, Geography, Liars/Scammers

    (I take a call. The other end sounds like a call centre.)

    Me: “Hello?”

    Telemarketer: *heavily accented* “Hello, my name is [Mispronounced Anglo-Saxon First Name].”

    Me: “Of course it is…”

    Telemarketer: “I’m calling from the United Kingdom County Council.”

    Me: “I don’t know what to say. I mean, to find out this way that the UK has been downgraded from a country is rather shocking!”

    In A State Of Confusion, Part 2

    | Salt Lake City, UT, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Geography

    Coworker: “What state is VT?”

    Me: “Uh… Vermont.”

    Coworker: “Really?”

    Me: “Yeah. What did you think it was?”

    Coworker: “I thought it was a city. Where is Vermont?”

    Me: “In the New England area.”

    Coworker:New England?! Where is that?!”

    Me: “You know; the area with Massachusetts, New Hampshire, etc…”

    Coworker: “Oh… where did you learn that?”

    Me: *laughing* “Uh… sixth grade geography.”

    (Because I am laughing, my coworker thinks I am messing with her, so she checks ‘New England, USA’ online.)

    Coworker: “Oh! New England Patriots! I get it!”

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    In A State Of Confusion


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