Scene: Me minding my own business alternating work with clock-watching (come ON 4:30!) Enter ringing phone. It wasn't even my line but a shared line we all have and I was the only one available to answer. So I do. BIG mistake. Actual conversation follows....
Me: HR, this is Me.
She: Yes ma'am. My name is Jane Doe and I am trying to find out if I can transfer my dental insurance. I left the company and moved and want to know if I can keep the dental insurance.
Me: Well I'm not sure. This is the 401(k) department and we don't handle the medical or dental benefits. Let me see if I can find someone to help you with this. Can you hold?
I walk down the hall to our benefits call center where not a freaking soul is to be found. No one. Do they not stagger lunches at all? I return to my cube.
Me: Ma'am, I'm sorry. There is no one available right now (read: they are all busy getting drunk on margaritas at Joe's Crab Shack) to answer this question but I would be happy to take a message and have them return your call as soon as they come back (think to self, Don't trust anything they say after a 3-hour liquid lunch).
Me: Great. Ok, you said your name was Jane Doe. Can I get your number?
She: Yes, it is 555-1234.
Me: And what is the area code?
Me: Yes, I have the 555-1234 already. What is your area code?
She: Oh, it is 3847 Winston Place...
Me: Ma'am, I need your area code.
She: You need what?
Me: Your AREA CODE.
She: It is 555.
seriously falling out of my chair
Me: So if I am going to call you back I am going to dial 555-555-1234
She: Hold on a second while I grab a pen to write that down.
silently banging my head on the back of my chair
Me: Ma'am, I am asking about the number for us to return your call not for you to call!! If I call you back I am going to dial 555-555-1234?
She: Oh, no. You are going to dial 554.
Me: Ok, so 554-555-1234?
Me: Ok ma'am. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Surprise! It turns out 554 isn't really an area code so no one will be returning her call anytime at all. Argh!