You would think this was an April Fool, but unfortunately
not. Just remember Labour's mantra: "education,
This is funny and terrifying at the same time.
A teenager rang directory enquiries to book a taxi
but end up having office furniture delivered, because
she told the operator she wanted a "cab, innit!"
The 19-year-old from London needed to get to Bristol
International Airport from her home. She tried to book
a taxi but used the cockney rhyming slang "Joe Baxi"
to the confused operator who told her they were unable
to find anyone by that name.
The short-tempered woman snapped back, saying: "It
ain't a person, it's a cab, innit!"
The operator responded to the request by locating Displaysense,
the nearest supplier of cabinets, and put the woman
through to the company.
She then started speaking to an equally confused saleswoman
and fumed: "Look love, how hard is it? "All I want is
your cheapest cab, innit. I need it for 10am. How much
The saleswoman responded by saying it would cost £180.
The teenager wasn't put off by the figure and gave her
address details before saying: "I wanna pay by card,
'cause I got no cash."
The company received an enraged phone call the following
morning when the woman, who was expecting a taxi, was
sent one of their retail/office cabinets instead.
Displaysense, which specialises in display equipment,
have now apologised with the mix up and agreed to refund
Steve Whittle, marketing manager at Displaysense, said:
"We thought it was a joke at first but the girl was
"Because she spoke in 'Ali G' style slang, her order
was mixed up somewhat. "She was absolutely baffled as
to why she had a big glass display cabinet delivered
outside her house, when all she wanted was a taxi to
take her on holiday.
"We apologised and gladly offered the young lady a
refund on the display unit she received and suggested
that maybe she should speak a bit clearer on the phone.
"Our sales team deal with thousands of customers and
a range of different accents but on this occasion they
were really stumped.
"We still don't know if she made it to the airport
on time but she did ask our delivery driver if he could
give her a lift."
(Ed: She might be a future Cabinet
M-innit-ster. Education Secretary, probably.)