Just a shorty today - still busy with the poopettes, but I needed a break.
These days, it seems one has to shake one's head in disgust at the education system.
Having a business here, we often need supplies, parts, etc. and we will order most of our needs via the Internet and most of it comes from the States (yeah, I be talkin' about the good ol' U.S. of A.).
Now, living in a foreign country can be tricky in that, when purchasing, many of the online forms require U.S. billing addresses for credit cards, among other information. No worries: we generally don't run into this problem and when we do, we phone the seller and place our orders directly without any further snafus.
What happened today totally boggles the mind.
We were trying to purchase an item online but the online order form required a "zip code". There are no zip codes in the Bahamas. Sometimes we can work around this problem via Internet but not today so me moms called the supplier and explained the problem she was having with its online ordering form. All was well and good until the order taker asked for a zip code. We explained that there are no zip codes in the Bahamas and that entering "00000" (five zeros) will generally be accepted in most computer program forms.
Okay, so the credit car information is given, the shipping address is given and after about ten minutes of trying to explain that our shipping address is different from the billing address - and, yes, we are in the Bahamas but it's going to Ft. Lauderdale - and then plugging in the necessary details, all is going smoothly until the seller's representative asks, "What State are you in?"
"We are in the Bahamas", moms says.
"So, what State is that in?", asks the phone rep.
Moms - now completely exasperated - asks for (and gets) the rep's supervisor on the phone. Pleased with being able to speak with a 'real person' and after going through the whole rigmarole with the supervisor again, he asks my moms ...
... wait for it...
...(honestly, I can't make this shit up) ...
"So, what State are you in?"