Yesterday I was on hold with an airline. You know what that’s like, yes? I feel like I should leave an extra long space here…
…to mirror what it was like to be on hold with the airline. At the beginning of the call, that voice told me it would like to help me. It would like to direct my call so the airline can best serve me. Then that same helpful voice told me my wait would be 25-35 minutes! Not so helpful, after all, mister. That is a really long time! And nobody sits around for 25+ minutes just listening to airline chatter about how well they serve us. I tried it. My cheek hung up the phone twice and I had to start over. Twice.
So this got me to wondering; what do those airline reps hear when they finally answer our calls? Because I was very close to attempting a brief trip to the bathroom during my wait. They must sometimes catch someone tinkling or flushing after 20 minutes or so. As I’ve hit middle age I seem to only have 20 minutes between bathroom stops so the 25-35 minute wait is pretty much asking for a shared auditory experience.
And standing around waiting is also a trigger to snack! I’ll bet the reps often pick up to hear someone who just took a huge bite of chips and salsa. “How can I help you today, ma’am?”
“Ri ramph rimph ri romphing raph.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t understand you, ma’am. Could you please repeat that?”
“Ri raid, ri ramph rint ri roarding rass!”
“I’m sorry, one more time, ma’am, you said your ramps rid high swording mass?”
Swallow. “No! I can’t print my boarding pass!”
And after the rep does or doesn’t help, she gets off the phone and turns to her co-worker, laughs a really long time, and says “Chips and salsa again.”
Maybe that’s why the waits are so long.