Conversation One. 1.15pm
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Me: Hello, I wonder whether you could help me. One of your engineers is coming to service my central heating boiler this afternoon - between 1pm and 6pm - and I just wondered whether there is any possibility of giving me a slightly more specific time. I'd love just to pop out and do a bit of shopping.
British Gas: Sorry but our afternoon appointments are always between one and six.
Me: But surely your engineer must know by now how many jobs he's doing and so could give a rough estimate of when he'll arrive here. It seems a bit ridiculous that he can't say whether it'll be before 3pm or after 3pm, don't you agree?
BG: Yes, I do agree. I'll try to track down the engineer and ring you back as soon as I can.
Me: Oh that's wonderful. Thank you so much, I'm most grateful.
Conversation Two. 2.05pm
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Me: Hello, I rang about an hour ago and a very nice colleague of yours - I didn't catch her name - said she would ring me back to let me know whether it might be possible for me to leave my house to do a bit of shopping for about 20 minutes between now and 6pm when the engineer is supposed to come. She hasn't rung.
BG: I do apologise. But we have a rule that we can only ring the engineer half way through the 1pm to 6pm period. So I'm sure you'll get a phone call shortly after 3.30pm.
Me: What? That seems a very ridiculous rule. Don't you agree? What's the reason for it?
BG: I don't know what the reason for it is. I agree, it seems a bit ridiculous.
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