Some friends are spending a night stopover in Taiwan in late July and I was helping them book a hotel last night.
They found one they liked on the internet and so I helped them ring and make a reservation.
This was 9pm, my time, 8pm, Taiwan time. Here’s how it went down:
Her: hello, blahblah hotel
Me: Hello, I would like to reserve a room
Her: Call back tomorrow
Me: Excuse me, I would like to reserve a room
Her: I said, call back tomorrow. We are booked out tomorrow anyway
Me: I’m sorry but this is an international call, and I’d like to book a room for late July
Her: I SAID, CALL BACK TOMORROW… THOSE PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY FINISHED WORK
Me: Oh… what ti…
before I can finsh my sentence, she hangs up on me
I was just going to ask what time they took reservations between
Needless to say, my friends have decided they won’t be staying there.
I spoke in Mandarin too but I guess I probably would have had better luck speaking in English instead.