Insider had a challenging conversation with a long-distance
operator while trying to reach a colleague who was on the road in
Spain. The chat went like this: Insider
: Hullo. I'm trying to reach someone on a mobile
phone outside Madrid. Can you give me the correct dialing code?
: One minute. [Long wait.] Insider
: A friend mentioned the code might be 09. Could
you just check that? Operator
: You should dial 919. I think that's the city
: But it's a mobile phone. Operator
: Well, that's what I have here, for the Western
Sahara. [Silence.] Insider
: The Western Sahara is nowhere near Madrid, I
assure you. Operator
: Well, I wouldn't know about that. I've never
been there. Insider
: [Holds phone away from ear, looks at receiver,
returns phone to ear.] Right. OK then. Thanks.
And they say people in the travel business don't know geography.