Mar 2, 2007

Wiwille bridges religious divides.

When I first started with this company years ago I was a contractor. My role was to take inbound calls from customers that were having problems with their software. As you can imagine the people I dealt with on a daily basis sometimes made the job difficult.

As my goal was to be hired full time I normally exercised a great amount of restraint when dealing with the general public. There were those few customers though that I couldn't help but be a smarty pants. Take this one for example:

Me: Okay I have all your information ready. If you have no questions for me I'll get you in touch with a technician who can assist you with this.
Customer: One question sir.
Me: Yes?
Customer: Are you familiar with Louis Farrakahn?
Me: ...uhh...somewhat. (I've actually read a biography about him as well as listened to a few of his lectures. Nothing all that extensive).
Customer: Brother Farrakahn is the greatest man in America today. Do you know why?
Me: No.
Customer: Brother Farrakahn is exposing the white mans' misdeeds and uniting the African American community.....

He rambled on forever about how the Nation of Islam is a noble religion with the best interests of the black community at heart. He went on to talk about whiteys' immorality and how they are keeping the brother down by selling them crack and rap music.

Normally I would have interrupted a customer who goes on and on about something unrelated to their computer, especially when praising an anti-Semite, but religion fascinates me and I was curious. Finally the customer started wrapping up his sermon.

Customer: ...and I tell you sir that you should see Farrakahn in person as he is the only one bringing the African Americans to their proper morality.
Me: I see.
Customer: I ask you do you have faith?
Me: Faith?
Customer: Yes sir. Do you believe in a higher power?
Me: Yes I do.
Customer: Which faith do you subscribe to sir?
Me: I'm an Hasidic Jew.

I quickly transferred him.

Yeah I'm going to hell.

"Many of the Jews who owned the homes, the apartments in the black community, we considered them bloodsuckers because they took from our community and built their community but didn't offer anything back to our community." - Louis Farrakhan


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PaBLo G said...

I guess that makes me the only Mexican with a Matisyahu ringtone....