*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Today's generalization brought to you by 'konbini' incompetance.
In this country
We don't have a printer at home: we don't print much, cartridges dry out and replacement prices are thievery. I'd print the document I need at work, but I am on holiday. So I take the Word document on a USB key to the konbini that has a printer, right?
Of course the first girl I speak with doesn't know what to do, but she plays with the machine for minutes before admitting that, and calling the manager. Him, likewise, but he has nobody to call. Along with the usual 'moshiwake-agemasen' meaninglessness, I get an explanation that it can't access a Word document, though it can access Excel, so I should go home to change the file type, and return.
Sure, I'm going to do that.
J-wife goes online to see if we can Internet transfer the document to the konbini, even after my usual rant about not giving money to idiots (such is her respect for me). She discovers their system doesn't support Microsoft documents in English. Well, not like anyone can speak it after studying it for most of a decade...