Him: Arabic…. Arabic??? Arabic!!!
Me: That would be me, my name is Tony and I'll be happy to assist.
Me: That's pretty much it sir, that's my name.
Him: Okay fine. What is your real name?
Me: Tony is my real name
Him: But that's not an Arabic name.
Me: No, it is not an Arabic name, it is my name
Him: Oh so you're Americanized now. What is your Muslim name?
Me: I don't have a Muslim name.
Him: What is that supposed to mean?
Me: It does not mean anything tricky, just an answer to your question.
Him: But you're Arabic.
Me: I am Syrian and I speak Arabic. Let's get past the name issue, how can I help
Me: No, that's my bank phone number.
Him: Oh yeah! why don't you write on the back your cellphone number too!
Me: My cellphone is for my personal use. You can reach me for your banking
needs at the number on my card.
Him: And what if my ATM card does not work at midnight? How can I reach you
then (felt like he added to this question the word "Smartass")?
Me: You can call the number on the back of your ATM card, they open 24/7.
Him: But I do not speak English as you can see. (The tone was condescending)
Me: Sure, just ask for an Arabic translator.
Him: Arabic translator!!! Then why are you working here? In my country we don't
even have to ask, the banker would voluntarily give us his phone number and
say to us "Call me for anything you need sir at any time". What kind of customer
service is this?
Me: It's the American kind.
Him: Well it sucks
Me: I'm sorry you feel that way.
Him: How old are you?
Me: Well come to think of it, I am one year younger than you
Mr. xxx qahta xxxx mutair xxxx likha
Him: Oh please, no seriously, how old are you?
Him: I am forty one, how could you be 40?
Me: That's simple, by being born forty years ago!
Him: But you look fifty Tony.
Me: I can explain, working at this particular location for the past five years made me age a
little faster than I care for. I guess age is not my best friend. Luckily you look
and act like a 20 year old man ma sha allah aaleek!
Him: It was nice meeting you.
Me: Sure, the feeling is mutual!