American ingenuity

Since I trashed Portuguese concepts of customer service yesterday, it’s only fair that I balance the scale a bit. A friend of mine, who lives in Rhode Island, was at the grocery store last week stocking up in preparation for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. While waiting in the checkout line, she overheard this pearl of wisdom:

“I’m stocking up on frozen dinners so if the power goes off, I’ll have something to microwave.”

Maybe this person thought they were buying the special frozen dinners with self-contained, solar-powered microwave included…


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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11 Responses to American ingenuity

  1. Lilaine says:

    LMAO !!!

  2. JMG says:

    I’m a producer of refrigerated display cases.
    Some models have a socket, for the shop-keeper to plug-in a scale or any another electrical device he sees fit.
    Some years ago I got a claim from an infuriated English customer: The case wouldn’t work, it was totally dead – no lights, no electronic controller, no noise from the compressor – nothing.
    It took me some time to realize the owner had connected the plug of the case to the socket of the case itself, rather than to the mains.

    • oregon expat says:


      Did the customer at least have the grace to be mortally embarrassed? And apologize?

    • Lilaine says:

      And you all know the joke about Wifi desktops, of course ?

      The Lady who hadn’t plugged any power cable… and who was fuming and ranting about that non sense Wireless thing that you couldn’t even get the … machine to start up !!!


    • Jbrandao says:

      In all honesty I wish the english customer was right. That meant he had a self-powering machine in an infinite loop.

  3. Karyn says:

    LOL!! With this fine example of reasoning and planning, I wonder if this person could be recruited for public office or, perhaps, one of the U.S. “Intelligence” services?

  4. kk613 says:

    That makes perfect sense to me since I live in southeastern La. We have a virtual run on fresh meat products. We can’t keep up in the cutting room. But what our people do differently is they also buy large quantities of ice so that when the power goes out they store the meat in ice chests. Then they grill all the perishables and have a feast until the power comes back on. Works for us.

  5. caren says:

    A true story, sweah ta gahd….

  6. Jjskipz says:

    I read this post while drinking coffee and what a silly move that was. Now I have a coffeestained carpet.
    The sad part about this post is that I KNOW people just like the customer. (snorts) I don’t claim them in public.

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