Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Gamble With a 'G' As in Las Vegas and Poker

Compulsive had me in jaw dropping awe as she described a less-than-typical phone conversation with a customer at her place of employment. I was quickly reminded of my own rather awkward phone conversation when I was employed at a large corporation.

Me (completing my request for an order from an outside vendor with whom I had not previously done business): Thank you, I'll be looking for the package to arrive tomorrow.

Older Lady Sales Rep for Vendor in Illinois: Yes, it will be there. Now what did you say your name was again?

Me: My name? My name is Debbie Gamble, but I need the packaged delivered to the attention of the VP of Operations.....

Vendor (interrupting): Gamble you say? With a 'G'?

Me: Yes, that's right.

Vendor: And you say you are in Orem, Utah.

Me: Yes, in Orem.

Vendor: You didn't go to BYU by chance did you?

Me: Yes, as a matter of fact, I did. Are you a Cougar fan?

Vendor (ignoring my question entirely): So you are a Mormon?

Me (worried now that perhaps she does not do business with Mormons): Yes, I am a Mormon.

Vendor: Gamble. Hmmph. Well that is just a terrible name for a nice Mormon girl like you to have.


  1. oohhh snap she certainly zinged you didnt she. You have to wonder why some people say certain things...

  2. Oh Debbie, Debbie, that is a classic post!

    Sounds like the vendor took a big gamble there ....

  3. Ha! She probably thought she meant well, too. I had a sales assistant wrap a sweater for me mumbling "Is this really for you"

    "Um, yes."

    "You're brave."

    (I never did like it after that.)

  4. Reminds me of a garage attendant who was TRYING top be nice to me.

    I was on my way back from playing a softball game, in my dirty, sweaty uniform. I'm 50, mind you. So, he asks:

    "How was your game tonight?"

    "Oh, not too good. We lost, 13 - 3."

    "That's too bad. But I admire someone of your age playing, no matter what the score."

    Gee, thanks, buddy!

  5. I'd wager ur not buying from there in the near future?

  6. Tee hee! I love that she instantly knew you were a nice mormon girl!

  7. Pope,

    "Oh snap," makes me homesick for My Name is Earl. When's the season premier?

  8. Carol,

    That reminds me of the time I got a pedicure in Grand Cayman. The lady must of asked me four times if I was sure I wanted my toe nails painted fire engine red.

    What's wrong with that anyway?

    I spent the rest of the trip - mostly in flip flops and sandals - very self conscious.

  9. Suldog,

    Someone of your age. Uh! I'd start crying immediately. I still remember the store at the mall where I was called ma'am for the first time. I was the ripe old age of 22.

  10. Ozlady,

    Customer service is everything isn't it?

  11. Compulsive,

    I know. I'm so sure. There was no way to really know that. And I am quite certain she was not, if you get my drift.


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