Just thought I would share a quick “Foot in mouth” story with you all. I will apologize to the apple fans in advance. I’m sure I will offend and possibly infuriate some of the loyal i users out there, but I think the story is worth the wrath. Just don’t hack into my account and steal my birthday OK?
So the other day I brought my iPad to the Apple store. I was having an issue with it and decided I had better bring it in before the warranty ran out. It is the one and only piece of iTechnology I own.
I know I know, I was weak when I made the purchase. I don’t really know what happened. I was drunk with the thought of fitting in and being part of the “in” crowd. I am ashamed but I try to bear my shame with dignity.
So I called the iStore and made my iAppointment with the iTechnition and went the next day to see if I could get my iPad repaired. When I walked in it was like getting hit with a flash bang grenade. Everything was painted a blinding white and the noise coming from the roughly three million patrons was more than a little overwhelming. I squinted and tried to see through the crippling whiteness, then a blue dot emerged from the sun like void in front of me.
“Well hello there sir.” Said a cheerful greeter in an apple blue shirt. “What can we do for you today.”
I wanted to ask her if she had a pair of iSunglasses to loan me, but thinking I should not mock the keeper of the iTemple, I just told her I had an appointment to have my tablet looked at.
The young woman whipped out her iPad2 with true cheerleader style, then taped and swiped at the screen a few times before looking up at me with a smile that gleamed as brightas the walls.
“Seth will be with you in a jiffy, make yourself at home and I’ll let him know you’re here.”
The bright blue greeter gave me a wave then disappeared back into the void. I tried to look casual as I stood there, feeling like a leper at an O.C.D. convention.
I perused the buffet of gleaming technology before me, mesmerized by the smooth clean lines calling for me to conform. Everywhere people were admiring the new iPads, iBooks and iPhones, and this was when I first noticed something was amiss. It wasn’t something so strange it made me stand up and take notice, just something subtle and curious. As I walked around I noticed several people looking at their iPads or iPhones with an expression of mild confusion. Some were even laughing or scowling, showing their friends whatever it was they were seeing on their screen.
Just as I started to get curious, another bright blue entity emerged from the light. This time it was Seth, the technician.
Seth was very friendly and, much as I hate to admit it, very helpful. He looked at my tablet, assessed the problem, and immediately offered me a replacement free of charge. He went to the store room, brought back a new iPad, and took it out of the box. We turned it on, and he told me I could back up my old unit and reload the new one right here on their in store Wi-Fi service.
This is where things went horribly wrong.
As I said before, the iPad is the only iDevice I own. This includes my cell phone. I have a Droid. One with a mobile hot spot I had apparently forgotten to turn off last time I used it. This is not a big deal, except I had given my hot spot a rather creative name, and it was now being displayed all over the store.
Several weeks ago I gave my wi-fi connection a new name to annoy my co-workers who owned iPhones. I knew every time an iPhone located a new hot spot, it would display it on the screen, so I named my hot spot “iPhones Suck” thinking it would be hilarious to see the reaction.
For the record, I was right. It took almost a week for all the iPhone aficionados to figure out where the creative little message had come from. I had a good laugh, they vowed revenge, and a good time was had by all.
As I turned on my new iPad in the store however, I realized what the other patrons and workers had been snickering at.
As I prepared to load my new tablet off of the stores WiFi, there it was, in big iLetters. “I Phones Suck.”
Suddenly I felt like I was in the middle of a drug deal that had gone terribly wrong. Seth looked at the screen on my iPad, then he took out his phone to double check. I almost blew it right there. I thought it was hilarious that he thought such an affront was so impossible, he had to double check his phone to be sure it was true.
Seth looked up at me disgusted and I shrugged my shoulders.
“Haters.” I said as casually as I could, then went back to loading my iPad, secretly praying I would have no reason to pull out my cell phone.
I finished my download using the stores WiFi while Seth nonchalantly questioned some of the other clerks. As soon as I was done, I gathered my things, genuinely thanked Seth for his help, than ran out the door. I wanted to get out of there before they instituted a lock-down to systematically begin body cavity searches to discover the offending party.
As soon as I was free I whipped out my phone to turn off the hotspot connection and laughed. My little Droid had really done a number on them. I did feel a little guilty. After all they were extremely accommodating and helpful. But weather you love iTechnology or not, seeing all the iGroupies scamper and search for the source of the indignant insult was definitely worth the price of admission.
So what sort of embarrassing mistakes have you made lately? I Love to hear the foot in mouth stories. Have a great iDay!