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"I only appear to be goofing off. In actuality I'm an operator and I'm standing by."
'Doctor, I don't think the five-second rule applies to transplant organs.'
Crane operator Jimmy Morrison liked to break in new guys by giving them what he called a 'sky wedgie.'
"I hope you don't think that music while I waited soothed me."
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'All our operators are busy with customers who don't have an eternity to wait.'
"I tried 911. They're only accepting the seventh caller."
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"Operator, get me my hair!"
"I'll check and see if he's available."
Tags:receptionist, receptionists, secretary, secretaries, operator, operators, phone operator, phone operators, office manager, office managers, gatekeeper, gatekeepers, ouija board, ouija boars, ouija, spirit, spirits, ghost, ghosts, talking to the dead, dead, death, executive assistant, executive assistants, assistant, assistants, administrative assistant, administrative assistants, office life, office culture, office, offices, unavailable, hold my calls, avoid, avoiding, avoidance, call screener, call screening
"Sorry. I think I just pressed 'shuffle.' "
Tags:shuffle, shuffles, jukebox, jukeboxes, smartphone, smartphones, smart device, smart devices, mp3 player, mp3 players, mp3, mp3s, elevator, elevators, elevator operator, elevator operators, lift, lifts, operator, operators, careless, carelessness, accident, accidents, accidental, incompetent, incompetence, wrong button, wrong buttons, faux pas
'Your call is important to us but so are our mocha lattes. Stay on the line. We will be with you shortly.'
Tags:elevator, elevators, lift, lifts, operator, operators, full, crowded, too full, waiting, winter, wintertime, fashion, winter clothing, winter clothes, winter jacket, winter coat, winter jackets, winter coats, winter gear, parka, parkas, bulky, heavy, awkward, down jacket, down jackets, inconvenient, season, seasons, seasonal, weather, passenger, passengers, limited space, modern life, problem, problems
"This is the loneliest place on earth during Thanksgiving."
Tags:vegan, vegans, vegetarians, alternative lifestyle, alternative lifestyles, thanksgivings, lonely, loneliness, vegetarian, hotline, turkey hotline, thanksgiving, customer service, operators, carnivores, loneliness, loneliest place on earth, vegetables, vegan hotline, helpline, helplines, hotline, hotlines
The Left One As You Look At It.
'You are through to the Samaritans. Press 1 if you are depressed, press 2 if you are suicidal ...'
'Thank you for calling the State Unemployment office. All of our operators have been furloughed. Please call back next month.'
'I thought your husband was the guy who cut me off in traffic this morning and by the time I realized he wasn't, it was too late.'
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Cardiologist Henry Weil like to add some levity before surgery by hiding a whoopee cushion on the operating table.
'Will you stop obsessing about your job?! I'm sure that somebody else can operate the Slurpee machine!'
"And here's our best telemarketer. She called a shopping network and sold THEM a zircon!"
Computer requests replacement part for human operator.
Lift from hell: 'Going up!'
"If you are having trouble landing please press one..."
Connecting to the Cloud.
'I can't get through!'
'Boy! Those 911 operators sure get snooty when you call at 4 a.m. and ask them to translate the words to Frere Jacques.'