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4th Jun '18 3:41:42 PM eroock
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* The comedy sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOzzRlc_qho The Expert: IT Support]] is about an office worker struggling with the helpdesk hotline to get his printer working.
13th Apr '18 11:17:36 PM JackG
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* ''Cop'' (1988) opens with an unseen burglar trying to report a murdered woman in a house he'd broken into. After a comic sequence of him trying to get past this trope (including foreign language versions) he gives up and calls the operator, offering to pay for his call with some stolen credit cards. The operator decides to connect him to the detective protagonist instead.

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* ''Cop'' ''Film/{{Cop}}'' (1988) opens with an unseen burglar trying to report a murdered woman in a house he'd broken into. After a comic sequence of him trying to get past this trope (including foreign language versions) he gives up and calls the operator, offering to pay for his call with some stolen credit cards. The operator decides to connect him to the detective protagonist instead.
2nd Apr '18 11:27:51 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/AveMaria'': One of the ride services Moshe manages to call has the standard "For X, Press 1" option menu. The only problem is that Moshe is using the nuns' old rotary telephone. He slams the phone down in frustration.
13th Mar '18 5:01:44 AM Andyroid
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* A radio ad for Hewlett-Packard computers, touting their tech support lines, featured a parody phone tree that ended with "Your call is very important to us. If you believe that, please stay on the line, or press one if you think we don't give a-- (''[[SoundEffectBleep beep!]]'')

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* A radio ad for Hewlett-Packard computers, touting their tech support lines, featured a parody phone tree that ended with "Your call is very important to us. If you believe that, please stay on the line, or press one if you think we don't give a-- (''[[SoundEffectBleep beep!]]'')beep!]]'')"



-->"Press the * Key for 'What is all this? I just want to call the damn shuttle. Is that so much to ask?'"
** There's even a key you can press to make the entire instruction list be [[DevelopersForesight recited backwards.]] ''And it '''works.''' ''Subtitles and all. (Talk about a Crowning Moment of What the Hell... literally.)

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-->"Press the * Key for 'What is all this? [[SophisticatedAsHell I just want to call the damn shuttle. shuttle.]] Is that so much to ask?'"
** There's even a key you can press to make the entire instruction list be [[DevelopersForesight recited backwards.]] ''And it '''works.''' ''Subtitles ''''' Subtitles and all. (Talk about a Crowning Moment of What the Hell... literally.)all.
13th Mar '18 4:59:55 AM Andyroid
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* A radio ad for Hewlett-Packard computers, touting their tech support lines, featured a parody phone tree that ended with "Your call is very important to us. If you believe that, please stay on the line, or press one if you think we don't give a-- (''[[SoundEffectBleep beep!]]'')
4th Mar '18 2:40:13 PM AsForMyHandle
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21st Nov '17 2:18:54 PM Amahn
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** The USPS system also offers the option to have it call you back when it reaches your place in the queue. Unfortunately it calls back far too quickly, will call back after 20 minutes but still leave you on hold for another hour.
1st Nov '17 6:49:28 AM Mineboot45
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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': "If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, or require a Spanish version of this message, feel free to take a complimentary piece of stationary, and write us a letter."

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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': "If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, or require a Spanish version of this message, feel free to take a complimentary piece of stationary, stationery, and write us a letter."
22nd Oct '17 10:15:35 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* ''Film/TheSixthDay'' has ''911 calls'' routed to an automated system. Not that it would have helped the main character, but you'd think reporting an in-progress kidnapping would be easier.
20th Oct '17 7:04:06 PM Drgonzo
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* Government phone numbers in America run the table. Some will give you the runaround and supply circular instructions; others lead to unattended voice mail boxes. The Social Security Administration is better. If you're on hold for a while, they'll let you leave your number, and call you when they've reached your place in the queue. The line for the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] is akin to a ChooseYourOwnAdventure book. Pick the wrong branch, and it ''hangs up on you''.

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* Government phone numbers in America run the table. Some will give you the runaround and supply circular instructions; others lead to unattended voice mail boxes. The Social Security Administration is better. If you're on hold for a while, they'll let you leave your number, and call you when they've reached your place in the queue.
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The line for the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]] is akin to a ChooseYourOwnAdventure book. Pick the wrong branch, and it ''hangs up on you''. And if you are lucky enough to get to where you want to be, your trials do not end there: you will be made to wait AT LEAST an hour before you speak to anyone.
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