Is this for real?!
Did anyone see this story on the register?
London teen orders 'cab, innit'
Retail display supplier duly obliges
A 19-year-old Saaarf London girl has been advised to use the Queen's English on the phone after her hunt for a cab to whisk her to Bristol airport ended less than satisfactorily.
According to the Daily Mail, the unnamed teen rang directory enquiries two weeks ago and initially requested a number for a "Joe Baxi" firm. The nonplussed operator told her she couldn't find anyone by that name, to which the lass replied: “It ain’t a person, it’s a cab, innit.”
The enlightened operator duly put her through to Bishop’s Stortford-based retail display supplier Displaysense, where she "spoke to an equally bemused saleswoman" before thundering: “Look love, how hard is it? All I want is your cheapest cab, innit. I need it for 10am. How much is it?”
The answer was £180, and with the deal done by credit card, Displaysense obliged by delivering a display cabinet to her door the next morning.
Cue second phone chat with Displaysense. The company's marketing manager, Steve Whittle, recounted: "We thought it was a joke at first but the girl was absolutely livid. Because she spoke in 'Ali G' style slang, her order was mixed up somewhat. She was absolutely baffled as to why she had a big glass display cabinet delivered outside her house, when all she wanted was a taxi to take her on holiday.
"We apologised and gladly offered the young lady a refund on the display unit she received and suggested that maybe she should speak a bit clearer on the phone."
Whittle concluded: "We still don't know if she made it to the airport on time but she did ask our delivery driver if he could give her a lift."
London teen orders 'cab, innit' | The Register
Is this for real?!
All I want is your cheapest cab, innit
cab innit.... cabinet - geddit...;-)
This has got to be a windup.....i wouldn't be surprised if the newspaper hack who got wind of this
was a Mr P Staker.
lol ffs yeah as if thats true
Typical bleeding chav!
I find it hard to believe this is true. I'm pretty sure that 99.9% of people would understand cab as a taxi and not a cabinet. Especially as she wants a cab to go to an airport!
Clearly the operator is that 0.1%, but then again, I do agree that clear English is better practice innit
I've lost count of the number of times i've been put through to the wrong company.....50p a minute an' all.
tbh you'd get more joy talking to a 19 year old saarf londoner than to some of these 118 numbers.
Just the type of story the Mail loves, and while it's somewhat comical i think it's increibly condescending of the cabinet company and Daily mail to talk about use of the 'queens english'. Being able to communicate with you're customers is most important, a 19 year old throwing in a tiny bit of slang is hardly an unplayable curveball, innit. ;0)
Last edited by torledo; 13th April 2008 at 02:41 PM.
Yeah, I take your point, maybe I was too harsh.
ahh now there's an idea bizzel! You could be right there
Do you call all the cabinets with your switches in cabinets? I know I call them cabs...
I think its obvious that the story is trying to imply that they mistook cab innit for cabinet but this story cannot be true! Why on earth would the girl give her credit card details etc? She would have been talked through the order process, told the amount and everything.
Complete made up tosh if you ask me
when i read it on the reg i thought of a cab full of switches
aaaaaaaaaaaagh i am a geek
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