Tuesday, April 3, 2012

hammerhead vs. esl trainee

A Polish lady who doesn't speak a whole lot of English is receiving instruction from Hammerhead in the art of data entry. She just timidly arrived and was accosted by both Hammerhead and Sharon.

Hammerhead [talking extra loudly in an attempt to bridge the language barrier]: Well, THERE you are. Have a seat!

[Lady sits down.]

Sharon: NO no no, she can't sit in that seat! Anne's still here! That's Anne's seat!

[Lady looks scared and stands back up.]

Hammerhead: NO, it's okay!

[Lady sits back down.]

Sharon: I don't think so, Anne's going to throw a fit! You get another chair!

Hammerhead: (to Sharon) YOU JUST GET OUT OF HERE AND LET ME HANDLE IT!

[Sharon stalks away.]

Hammerhead: (to Polish lady) Now sit down! Put your purse away! That's right, put it right here! NO, right THERE! That's a girl! There you go! Now type your name in this space.

[Polish lady studies the keys.]

Hammerhead: [erupting in wheezing laughter] You don't know your name, huh?

[At this point I put my headphones on cause I feel too sorry for the
lady.]

SCENE

2 comments:

  1. recycled from 5/26/11.

    I just found this and spent my lunch (and then some) reading most of the blog. Too funny, keep the stories coming.

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  2. It's not funny it's mean-hearted. It just seems so unfair Steph - you're better than this.

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