History Main / ForInconveniencePressOne

14th Apr '17 11:34:14 AM nighttrainfm
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** Happens again in "Planet of the Dead." The Doctor calls UNIT for assistance and get stuck in this ("If you want to report a UFO sighting, press one."). One of the people trapped in the bus tells the Doctor that he can get to a live person by holding 0 when he calls.

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** Happens again in "Planet of the Dead." The Doctor calls UNIT for assistance and get gets stuck in this ("If you want to report a UFO sighting, press one."). One of the people trapped in the bus tells the Doctor that he can get to a live person by holding 0 when he calls.
3rd Apr '17 12:09:40 AM Viira
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-->'''Church:''' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znAamKnJagI THERE IS NO 11 YOU FUCKING WHORE!!]]''

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-->'''Church:''' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znAamKnJagI THERE IS NO 11 11, YOU FUCKING WHORE!!]]''
2nd Apr '17 5:13:53 PM Flawedspirit
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** Similarly, Donut trolling Simmons. Notable in that it's over their radios, and not on the phone.
-->'''Donut:''' For unconfirmed Dutch-Irish, press 1 too, as in also.
-->'''Simmons:''' '''DONUT!'''
29th Jan '17 12:05:24 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C5Rnb7J3sU This hoax message]]. If it were real, it would be a CrowningMomentOfAwesome on behalf of high school teachers everywhere.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C5Rnb7J3sU This hoax message]]. If it were real, real (which it isn't, [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/palisades.asp according to Snopes]]), it would be a CrowningMomentOfAwesome on behalf of high school teachers everywhere.
31st Dec '16 8:33:52 AM DustSnitch
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** There's even a key you can press to make the entire instruction list be [[TheDevTeamThinksofEverything recited backwards.]] ''And it '''works.''' ''Subtitles and all. (Talk about a Crowning Moment of What the Hell... literally.)

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** There's even a key you can press to make the entire instruction list be [[TheDevTeamThinksofEverything [[DevelopersForesight recited backwards.]] ''And it '''works.''' ''Subtitles and all. (Talk about a Crowning Moment of What the Hell... literally.)
14th Dec '16 1:13:42 AM NanoMoose
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* One episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' subjected Al Bundy to this trope when he called an auto parts dealer to find an alternator for the Dodge. As just one example of what he had to sit through, after '''six hours''' on the phone:

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* One episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' subjected Al Bundy to this trope when he called an auto parts dealer to find an alternator for the Dodge. As just one example of what he had to sit through, after '''six hours''' ''six hours'' on the phone:



:: About halfway through the call, the automated voice chirpily greets Al by name, as it's apparently asked so many questions about his car that it's now narrowed the potential callers down to ''just him''. And then to make matters worse, when Al finally got through to a live operator, he had to go get his credit card... [[DownerEnding and Kelly comes in and hangs up the phone while he's away, forcing him to start all over again.]] Is it any wonder Al dies of bleeding stomach ulcers by the time he's sixty? Since the rest of the episode was a ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' parody, the episode ends with the line, "If you build it they will come. If you want them to build it for you Press 1 now."

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:: ** About halfway through the call, the automated voice chirpily greets Al by name, as it's apparently asked so many questions about his car that it's now narrowed the potential callers down to ''just him''. And then to make matters worse, when Al finally got through to a live operator, he had to go get his credit card... [[DownerEnding and Kelly comes in and hangs up the phone while he's away, forcing him to start all over again.]] Is it any wonder Al dies of bleeding stomach ulcers by the time he's sixty? Since (Since the rest of the episode was a ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' parody, the episode ends with the line, "If you build it they will come. If you want them to build it for you Press you, press 1 now."")



-->"You have reached ritual sacrifice. For goats, press one, or say 'goats.'"\\
"To sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound button."

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-->"You -->You have reached ritual sacrifice. For goats, press one, or say 'goats.'"\\
"To
'goat.'\\
To
sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound button."



* Creator/RobinWilliams, in his HBO special ''Weapons of Self Destruction'', has a whole bit devoted to this, additionally mocking imperfect speech-recognition systems:

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* Creator/RobinWilliams, in his HBO special ''Weapons of Self Destruction'', has had a whole bit devoted to this, additionally mocking imperfect speech-recognition systems:



* Linwood Barclay subverts this in one of his ''Toronto Star'' columns. He needs to call Revenue Canada and ask if he owes interim tax payments. He fully expects to be put on hold for a long time, encounter a frustrating voicemail menu, and get transferred between several employees before he finds one who can actually answer his question. Instead, a polite human operator picks up the phone promptly, answers his questions right away, and tells him he doesn't need to make interim payments. He is utterly shocked that a government agency could be this efficient and that they don't even want his money. At the end of the column, he quips that he's going to tell his AlienAbduction story next because that story at least has a ring of truth to it.

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* Linwood Barclay subverts this in one of his ''Toronto Star'' columns. He needs to call Revenue Canada and ask if he owes interim tax payments. He fully expects to be put on hold for a long time, encounter a frustrating voicemail menu, and get transferred between several employees before he finds one who can actually answer his question. Instead, a polite human operator picks up the phone promptly, answers his questions right away, and tells him he doesn't need to make interim payments. He is utterly shocked that a government agency could be this so efficient and that they don't without even want demanding his money. At the end of the column, he quips that he's going to tell his AlienAbduction story next next, because that story at least has a ring of truth to it.



* ''Webcomic/EvilInc'' has recurring filler comics where Lightning Lady answers calls from dissatisfied customers. And insults them a bit, they market to and employ supervillains after all.

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* ''Webcomic/EvilInc'' has recurring filler comics where Lightning Lady answers calls from dissatisfied customers. And insults them a bit, bit; they market to and employ supervillains supervillains, after all.



* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-361 SCP-361]], a device used for divining using animal organs. If a fresh sheep's liver is placed on the device, it gives increasingly complex instructions, shutting down for twenty-four hours if one is not completed. It also speaks in a language and tone tailored to the user, so to a speaker of modern English it sounds like a phone tree ("Welcome to [=HarusCo=]! Your sacrifice is very important to us! For Tinia the Thunderer, please perform a horizontal incision on the offering. For Aita of the Underworld, please perform a vertical incision. For Maris, lightly cover your offering with the ash of a dead warrior related to you by blood."). When they had SCP-1510 (the cursed spirit of a Roman soldier who is trapped in his old helmet and possesses the wearer) use the device because he is from the same general area and time period, the instructions were in Latin, and sounded like what you might expect from such a device ("Son of Romulus, speak the words thy father taught you, and your watcher will speak, his words carried by our spirit.").

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-361 SCP-361]], a device used for divining using animal organs. If a fresh sheep's liver is placed on the device, it gives increasingly complex instructions, shutting down for twenty-four hours if one is not completed. It also speaks in a language and tone tailored to the user, so to a speaker of modern English it sounds like a phone tree tree. ("Welcome to [=HarusCo=]! Your sacrifice is very important to us! For Tinia the Thunderer, please perform a horizontal incision on the offering. For Aita of the Underworld, please perform a vertical incision. For Maris, lightly cover your offering with the ash of a dead warrior related to you by blood."). ") When they had SCP-1510 (the cursed spirit of a Roman soldier who is trapped in his old helmet and possesses the wearer) use the device because he is from the same general area and time period, the instructions were in Latin, and sounded like what you might expect from such a device device. ("Son of Romulus, speak the words thy father taught you, and your watcher will speak, his words carried by our spirit.").")



'''Squidward:''' ''Not the NAVY!!!''

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'''Squidward:''' ''Not the NAVY!!!''NAVY!''



-->'''Them:''' Can I interest you in our..

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-->'''Them:''' Can I interest you in our..our--
13th Dec '16 8:02:34 AM DocProfessor
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* ''ComicBook/TheFlintstones'': Joe, a war veteran, calls a suicide prevention line and is immediately put on hold.
-->'''Joe:''' Okay, but this hold music better be pretty damn good.
8th Nov '16 5:02:35 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* World Wide Weather has its own "Automated Response System" in ''VideoGame/PajamaSam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening''. Granted, the phone itself talks. Humorously, the Complaints department is actually complaining, and the operator can't understand a word you're saying!



* World Wide Weather has its own "Automated Response System" in ''VideoGame/PajamaSam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening''. Granted, the phone itself talks. Humorously, the Complaints department is actually complaining, and the operator can't understand a word you're saying!


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* At one point in ''WebOriginal/TheMysteriousMrEnter'''s review of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode, "The Return of Slade", Mr. Enter decides to call Creator/CartoonNetwork to talk to them about cancelling ''Teen Tians Go!'' due to the writers being under the delusion that their [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop questionable morals]] are the kind that can save modern cartoons. On the other line, an automated message tells him [[MerchandiseDriven to buy five new]] ''[[MerchandiseDriven Teen Titans Go!]]'' [[MerchandiseDriven toys]] to continue the conversation.
23rd Oct '16 11:47:31 AM JohnPrestwick
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** If you have a drug addiction, press the hash key.[[note]]In the UK and Ireland, that's the # key. "Hash" is a form of cannabis.[[/note]]
5th Oct '16 4:17:33 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Quark}}''. In "May The Source Be With You", while trapped on an enemy Gorgon warship the BridgeBunnies are trying to send a message, but get stuck on hold with a long line of complaining Gorgons forming up behind them.
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