Funny Customer Service Stories You’ll Never Forget

Dealing with the typical customer service issues you face at work can make things become quite mundane, luckily there are those funny customer service moments that make it all worth it.

It doesn’t happen every day, most days are just regular taking care of your regular customer service issues: can’t log in, need helping finding this, this isn’t working, help me do that, etc. But sprinkled on those typical customer experiences are the gems of crazy, funny customer stories.

100% Real and True Funny Customer Service Stories

These are real life stories from people who work with real life customers. These stories are not embellished, dramatized, summarized, or generalized. No, most of your customer service interactions aren’t like this, but you never forget these special funny customer service moments.

Samsung Electronics Funny Customer Service Moment

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: ‘On page 1, section 5, of the user guide it clearly states that I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC wall socket and telephone jack before cleaning. Now, can you give me the number for Jack?’

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Operator: ‘I think it means the telephone plug on the wall.’

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RAC Motoring Services

Caller: ‘Does your EUROPEAN BREAKDOWN POLICY cover me when I am travelling in Australia?’

Operator: ‘Does the product name give you a clue?’

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Travel Agency

Caller (enquiring about legal requirements while travelling in Europe)

Caller: ‘If I register my car in France, and then take it to England, do I have to change the steering wheel to the other side of the car?’

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Directory Enquiries

Caller: ‘I’d like the number of the Argo Fish Bar, please’

Operator: ‘I’m sorry, there’s no listing. Are you sure that the spelling is correct?’

Caller: ‘Well, it used to be called the Bargo Fish Bar but the ‘B’ fell off.’

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At a retail outlet chain store

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’

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Microsoft Customer Service Technical Support

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, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this Point?’

Customer: ‘Sure. You told me to write ‘click’ and I wrote ‘click’.’

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More great funny technical support moments

Tech Support: ‘OK. At the bottom left hand side of your screen, can you see the ‘OK’ button displayed?’

Customer: ‘Wow! How can you see my screen from there?’

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Even more great funny moments in customer technical support

Caller: ‘I deleted a file from my PC last week and I just realized that I need it. So, if I turn my system clock back two weeks will I get my file back again?’

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Wordperfect: A “perfect” funny customer service story

You hear stories like this one fairly often. It’s not that it’s Internet lore, but it’s that most major organizations will have this happen to them every so often. Needless to say, the employee is typically fired, but the story lives on for ages.

Actual dialogue of a former WordPerfect Customer Support employee:

Operator: ‘Ridge Hall, computer assistance; may I help you?’

Caller: ‘Yes, well, I’m having trouble with WordPerfect.’

Operator: ‘What sort of trouble?’

Caller: ‘Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away.’

Operator: ‘Went away?’

Caller: ‘They disappeared’

Operator: ‘Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?’

Caller: ‘Nothing.’

Operator: ‘Nothing?’

Caller: ‘It’s blank; it won’t accept anything when I type.’

Operator: ‘Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?’

Caller: ‘How do I tell?’

Operator: ‘Can you see the ‘C: prompt’ on the screen?’

Caller: ‘What’s a sea-prompt?’

Operator: ‘Never mind, can you move your cursor around the screen?’

Caller: ‘There isn’t any cursor; I told you, it won’t accept anything I type.’

Operator: ‘Does your monitor have a power indicator??’

Caller: ‘What’s a monitor?’

Operator: ‘It’s the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light that tells you when it’s on?’

Caller: ‘I don’t know.’

Operator: ‘Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that?’

Caller: ‘Yes, I think so.’

Operator: ‘Great. Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it’s plugged into the wall.’

Caller: ‘Yes, it is.’

Operator: ‘When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one? ‘

Caller: ‘No.’

Operator: ‘Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the other cable.’

Caller: ‘Okay, here it is.’

Operator: ‘Follow it for me, and tell me if it’s plugged securely into the back of your computer.’

Caller: ‘I can’t reach.’

Operator: ‘OK. Well, can you see if it is?’

Caller: ‘No.’

Operator: ‘Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?’

Caller: ‘Well, it’s not because I don’t have the right angle – it’s because it’s dark.’

Operator: ‘Dark?’

Caller: ‘Yes – the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window.’

Operator: ‘Well, turn on the office light then.’

Caller: ‘I can’t.’

Operator: ‘No? Why not?’

Caller: ‘Because there’s a power failure.’

Operator: ‘A power … A power failure? Aha. Okay, we’ve got it licked now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff that your computer came in?’

Caller: ‘Well, yes, I keep them in the closet.’

Operator: ‘Good. Go get them, and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from.’

Caller: ‘Really? Is it that bad?’

Operator: ‘Yes, I’m afraid it is.’

Caller: ‘Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?’

Operator: ‘Tell them you’re too stupid to own a computer!’

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Comments: 1

  • AS says:

    I used to work for a central airline reservation system in the US for a Canadian carrier. One day a woman called in, and not realizing she had an office in a different country, started SCREAMING at me: “YOU lost my bag!”. I told her that I was not in Canada but she insisted that I was the one who lost it. Needless to say, I never found her bag.

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