Be careful with Virginias, they’re sensitive and shouldn’t be rubbed the wrong way. So, a woman named Virginia walks into a Starbucks in Hong Kong and orders a tall coffee. Barista says “what’s your name?” Woman says, “Virginia.” Barista goes and makes the coffee and then writes “Vagina” on it. HA! That’s one of our favorite jokes. It’s also what happened yesterday in Hong Kong. Seems like kind of a minor incident, but Virginia’s sister (yes, not Virginia herself) decided it was worth a rant on Starbucks Hong Kong’s Facebook page, which then went viral: Note, “cuppa” is not-American English for a cup of (cup of = cuppa) tea. Suspicious. Listen up, Vitrola, or whatever your name is. Are you listening, Virgil’s Aeneid? If you go to Starbucks, they’re going to mess up your name. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but probably they’ll do it on both days. People do speak English in Hong Kong, but we have a feeling that the Starbucks employees may be from mainland China or maybe don’t speak or write English full-time. Or maybe they were being assholes. In any case, the picture is funny and her sister’s dramatic overreaction is even better.
The amazing thing is it was actually a drone doing the typing. It says something that this transcript of a chat conversation between redditor mktg10 (using the alias Dwight Schrute) and an Amazon rep has delighted so many people on the Internet. Should it really be so shocking that someone whose job it is to communicate with customers is actually good enough at it to have a non-horrible one-minute conversation? Yes, obviously. Most of the time conversations with customer service chat bots are even more impersonal and useless than conversations with customer service phone bots (a.k.a. people talking on the phone). This Amazon employee seems to have a good sense of humor, not be terrified of losing their job, and is actually helpful and polite at the same time. Could this signal a new dawn of customer relations where having to ask a simple question doesn’t fill us customers with anxiety and dread? Nope! They’re all getting fired and replaced with machines. (by Shira Rachel Danan)
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