I've been wracking my brain for a decent idea for a post and have failed miserably but Red's story about a lady with an accent reminded me of this recent little incident:
At work I answered the phone to speak to an elderly lady who I thought had a German accent. We had a pleasant enough conversation. She wanted to buy pantyhose and I explained what sizes and colours are available. She sounded a tiny bit confused about credit cards or payments, I wasn't sure of the exact problem but we cleared it up.
Just a few minutes later an elderly lady with what I thought was a German accent called. (Almost none of the customers have accents and if they do it's probably an English or Asian one) The lady was unsure about whether she had the right place and I assured her she did. I was starting to think it was the same lady and I was wondering if she might have memory problems and maybe she was making loads of inappropriate purchases. She wanted to buy a skirt and blouse so I took the details of the order and asked
"Didn't I speak to you a few minutes ago?"
"No" she said.
"Oh, so you didn't buy pantyhose?"
She laughed as though pantyhose would be the last thing she would buy and I realised that I had added 2 plus 2 to make 5!
I didn't need to monitor the purchases of old ladies quite so diligently :)