Tuesday, October 5, 2010
When people in India call the United States for technical support
- Uh, are you sure your name is "Rasheed"?
- Yes sir.
- Okay, ahem... "Rasheed", I can't seem to turn off my iPod.
- Have you tried holding down the power button?
- I can't understand what you are saying. Isn't there anyone there that speaks Hindi?
- I am speaking Hindi, sir.
- No, you are not. You are speaking some sort of strange Hindi cowboy dialect. Are you in Texas? Are you wearing spurs under your desk? Is John Wayne whispering in your ear what to say?
- And what button would that be?
- It's the big round one right in the middle.
- This is pathetic! Why can't I just get a straight answer from you people? No one listens in your country. It's like you're all sitting on your couches, watching Real Wife House Lives and slowly obesitizing yourselves with your hotdogs and various Chex mixes.
- That's very offensive sir. Most of us eat cheeseburgers while watching TV, not hotdogs. Now, it's the round button. In the middle. Can you try holding it down?
- How do you feel about stealing an Indian's job? Don't you know that we stole your jobs fair and square, and now you are trying to steal them back?
- If the middle button does not work, you can try to plug the iPod into your computer and restore the factory settings.
- I can't understand a word you are saying. Your American is too thick. Can I speak to your supervisor?
- Sure thing sir.
- What is his name?
- Her name is Gajra sir.
- Figures. Sure, let me talk to this "Gajra".
**This post was not written as a social statement, but rather a call to treat each other civilly and with kindness, regardless of race or nationality. So I guess in a way, yes, it was a social statement.