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10th Sep '17 1:23:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'': A character attempting to reach his school's Financial Aid office ends up enrolling in Ancient Roman History 101 and buying two tickets to "AnnieGetYourGun" instead.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}'': A character attempting to reach his school's Financial Aid office ends up enrolling in Ancient Roman History 101 and buying two tickets to "AnnieGetYourGun" ''Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun'' instead.
10th Sep '17 11:26:46 AM nombretomado
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* The ''BastardOperatorFromHell'' seems to have some experience ''making'' these. He and the PFY have discussed making recursive ones in at least one story.

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* The ''BastardOperatorFromHell'' ''Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell'' seems to have some experience ''making'' these. He and the PFY have discussed making recursive ones in at least one story.
27th Jul '17 12:26:24 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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While sometimes this is a string of awkward waits, pauses and irrelevances, sometimes this is inverted by one of the options (usually the [[RuleOfThree third]]) being [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat ''exactly'' what the caller want to find out about, with a ridiculous degree of accuracy]]. On the other hand, sometimes it's taken to the extreme with a string of "You have chosen [X]. If this is correct, press [Y]," options (with each subsequent one [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment asking you to confirm that your last confirmation was correct]]).

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While sometimes this is a string of awkward waits, pauses and irrelevances, sometimes this is inverted by one of the options (usually the [[RuleOfThree third]]) being ''[[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat exactly]]'' [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat ''exactly'' what the caller want wants to find out about, with a ridiculous degree of accuracy]]. On the other hand, sometimes it's taken to the extreme with a string of "You have chosen [X]. If this is correct, press [Y]," options (with each subsequent one [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment asking you to confirm that your last confirmation was correct]]).



-->'''Them:''' [=BarcloydsSantanNatBank=] of Scotland, how can I help you/can you answer a few security questions?
-->'''You:''' Good. You can obviously access my details or you wouldn't have been able to confirm my identity.
-->'''Them:''' Can I interest you in our--
-->'''You:''' No. To save me hanging around on your other line, can you tell me my current balance?

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-->'''Them:''' [=BarcloydsSantanNatBank=] of Scotland, how can I help you/can you answer a few security questions?
-->'''You:'''
questions?\\
'''You:'''
Good. You can obviously access my details or you wouldn't have been able to confirm my identity.
-->'''Them:'''
identity.\\
'''Them:'''
Can I interest you in our--
-->'''You:'''
our--\\
'''You:'''
No. To save me hanging around on your other line, can you tell me my current balance?



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16th Jul '17 9:32:54 AM nombretomado
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* During the Japanese invasion of Malaysia in WW2, British commanders using the telephone to communicate would find themselves [[SkewedPriorities cut off at the three minute mark by the telephone operators]].

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* During the Japanese invasion of Malaysia in WW2, [=WW2=], British commanders using the telephone to communicate would find themselves [[SkewedPriorities cut off at the three minute mark by the telephone operators]].
3rd Jul '17 3:32:50 AM JackG
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* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. [[FilmTheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton]] tries to contact the Space Rangers during a robot uprising, and finds himself stuck on hold because everyone else is doing the same.

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* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. [[FilmTheAdventuresOfCaptainProton [[Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton]] tries to contact the Space Rangers during a robot uprising, and finds himself stuck on hold because everyone else is doing the same.
3rd Jul '17 3:32:12 AM JackG
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* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. Captain Proton tries to contact the Space Rangers during a robot uprising, and finds himself stuck on hold because everyone else is doing the same.

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* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. [[FilmTheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton Proton]] tries to contact the Space Rangers during a robot uprising, and finds himself stuck on hold because everyone else is doing the same.
29th May '17 8:52:48 PM nombretomado
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* UPS is almost like a {{Sierra}} game. If you call their customer service and state that you do, in fact, have a tracking number, it's into the labyrinth with you!

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* UPS is almost like a {{Sierra}} {{Creator/Sierra}} game. If you call their customer service and state that you do, in fact, have a tracking number, it's into the labyrinth with you!
28th May '17 2:01:46 PM nombretomado
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15th May '17 10:37:16 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/AlanPartridge Mid Morning Matters'' had us overhear a one-sided conversation between Alan and a voice-recognizing cinema booking service:
-->One. ''({{Beat}}.)'' Adult. ''({{Beat}}.)'' ''Film/{{Inception}}''. ''({{Beat}}.)'' No. ''Film/{{Inception}}''. ''({{Beat}}.)'' No. ''Film/{{Inception}}''. ''({{Beat}}.)'' [[OverlyLongGag No.]] ''Film/{{Inception}}''...
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the Wolfram and Hart intercom seems to frequently misdirect people. Given that the options on their tree range from "I need [[AmoralAttorney legal representation]]" to "I'd like to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] my first-born son to a demon", this has caused some uncomfortable moments.
-->You have reached ritual sacrifice. For goats, press one, or say "goat".\\
To sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound button.
* French-Canadian comedy series ''Les Bougons'' has [[ButtMonkey Uncle Fred]] [[OncePerEpisode try and find honest work only to realize he's once again stumbled into a corrupt and crooked workplace]] as he lands a job at a government call center for tax refunds. He is introduced to his job: to redirect increasingly irate callers deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of phone options and prevent them from ever reaching a live operator while everyone else at the center wastes time and slacks off. He demonstrates by showing one caller's path through the menu on his monitor.
-->See this guy here? He's almost reached a real person. And now... (punches on keyboard and laughs) he's right back at the start!
* Poor Brenda comes across a particularly absurd example of this in ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion "The Invasion"]] has the Second Doctor have to do this with an automated receptionist and not enjoy it. Which Zoe later drops a LogicBomb on.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]: The Doctor calls UNIT for assistance and 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.



* One ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode has a frustrated Martin attempt to navigate one of these, made even worse by the fact that the options were voice-activated ("PER-SON-AL."). Frasier attempts to enter a code that he heard will get you straight to an operator. It doesn't succeed, but he does manage to qualify for a small-business loan. If he's remembering his high-school Spanish correctly.
* ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'': One episode featured Kevin James' character winding up on one of these. Then he wound up in "voice-prompt hell".



* One ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode has a frustrated Martin attempt to navigate one of these, made even worse by the fact that the options were voice-activated ("PER-SON-AL."). Frasier attempts to enter a code that he heard will get you straight to an operator. It doesn't succeed, but he does manage to qualify for a small-business loan. If he's remembering his high-school Spanish correctly.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the Wolfram and Hart intercom seems to frequently misdirect people. Given that the options on their tree range from "I need [[AmoralAttorney legal representation]]" to "I'd like to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] my first-born son to a demon," this has caused some uncomfortable moments.
-->You have reached ritual sacrifice. For goats, press one, or say 'goat.'\\
To sacrifice a loved one or pet, press the pound button.

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* One ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode has a frustrated Martin attempt to navigate ''Film/TheStarfighters'', Crow gets stuck in one of these, made even worse by these because he can't get on the fact that the options were voice-activated ("PER-SON-AL."). Frasier attempts Internet. When he is finally able to enter a code that he heard will get you straight someone to an operator. It doesn't succeed, but answer his call, he does manage to qualify for a small-business loan. If can't respond because he's remembering in the middle of "refueling" (i.e., [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything his high-school Spanish correctly.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'',
beak is stuck up Servo's hoverskirt]]).
** Parodied when they watch "Space Travelers". After one of
the Wolfram and Hart intercom seems to frequently misdirect people. Given that the options on their tree range from "I need [[AmoralAttorney legal representation]]" to "I'd like to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] my first-born son astronauts dies, his wife is led to a demon," this has caused some uncomfortable moments.
-->You
phone and Joel quips "If you have reached ritual sacrifice. For goats, a husband in space, press one, or say 'goat.'\\
To sacrifice
one. If you have a loved one or pet, dead husband in space, press the pound button.two."



* ''Series/{{QI}}'' once had a gag of this nature. Alan's buzzer in Infantile went:
-->For sales inquiries, press 1. For customer service, press 2. [[RuleOfThree For two hours of irritating music, press 3]]. For more options, press 4. [[OverlyLongGag For fewer options, press 5]]. To speak to one of our operatives, [[OperatorFromIndia emigrate to Mumbai]].
* ''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.
* ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'': In the episode "Mommy Dearest", when Dean Munsch tries to call 911 to report an attack by the Red Devil, she gets a recently implemented one of these, much to her annoyance. Though to be fair, an earlier episode had proved that even when the cops had an actual operator, [[TheOperatorsMustBeCrazy they weren't all]] [[PoliceAreUseless that useful either]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The story "The Invasion" has the Second Doctor have to do with an automated receptionist and not enjoy it. Which Zoe later drops a LogicBomb on.
** Happens again in "Planet of the Dead." The Doctor calls UNIT for assistance and 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.
* Poor Brenda comes across a particularly absurd example of this in ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons''.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
The story "The Invasion" has the Second Doctor have to do with an automated receptionist and not enjoy it. Which Zoe later drops a LogicBomb on.
** Happens again in "Planet of the Dead." The Doctor calls UNIT for assistance and 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.
* Poor Brenda comes across a particularly absurd example of
sketch comedy series ''Series/StudioC'' uses this in ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons''."Background Check".
* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGear'' once did a news segment on the phone parking services (replacing the cities parking meters). He tried to order a parking space using this service on the show, requiring him to put all sorts of numbers (car registration number, credit car number, number for the parking place, etc.) only for it to tell him to try again.



* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheStarfighters'', Crow gets stuck in one of these because he can't get on the Internet. When he is finally able to get someone to answer his call, he can't respond because he's in the middle of "refueling" (i.e., [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything his beak is stuck up Servo's hoverskirt]]).
** Parodied when they watch "Space Travelers". After one of the astronauts dies, his wife is led to a phone and Joel quips "If you have a husband in space, press one. If you have a dead husband in space, press two."
* ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'': One episode featured Kevin James' character winding up on one of these. Then he wound up in "voice-prompt hell."
* ''Series/{{QI}}'' once had a gag of this nature. Alan's buzzer in Infantile went:
-->For sales inquiries, press 1. For customer service, press 2. [[RuleOfThree For two hours of irritating music, press 3]]. For more options, press 4. [[OverlyLongGag For fewer options, press 5]]. To speak to one of our operatives, [[OperatorFromIndia emigrate to Mumbai]].
* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGear'' once did a news segment on the phone parking services (replacing the cities parking meters). He tried to order a parking space using this service on the show, requiring him to put all sorts of numbers (car registration number, credit car number, number for the parking place, etc.) only for it to tell him to try again.
* ''Series/AlanPartridge Mid Morning Matters'' had us overhear a one-sided conversation between Alan and a voice-recognising cinema booking service:
--> "One. ''({{Beat}}.)'' Adult. ''({{Beat}}.)'' ''Film/{{Inception}}''. ''({{Beat}}.)'' No. ''Film/{{Inception}}''. ''({{Beat}}.)'' No. ''Film/{{Inception}}''. ''({{Beat}}.)'' [[OverlyLongGag No.]] ''Film/{{Inception}}''...
* The sketch comedy series ''Series/StudioC'' uses this in "Background Check".
* French canadian comedy series ''Les Bougons'' has [[ButtMonkey Uncle Fred]] [[OncePerEpisode try and find honest work only to realize he's once again stumbled into a corrupt and crooked workplace]] as he lands a job at a government call center for tax refunds. He is introduced to his job: to redirect increasingly irate callers deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of phone options and prevent them from ever reaching a live operator while everyone else at the center wastes time and slacks off. He demonstrates by showing one caller's path through the menu on his monitor.
-->See this guy here? He's almost reached a real person. And now... (punches on keyboard and laughs) he's right back at the start!
* ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'': In the episode "Mommy Dearest", when Dean Munsch tries to call 911 to report an attack by the Red Devil, she gets a recently implemented one of these, much to her annoyance. Though to be fair, an earlier episode had proved that even when the cops had an actual operator, [[TheOperatorsMustBeCrazy they weren't all]] [[PoliceAreUseless that useful either]].
* ''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.
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.
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