Today I went to a local bank here in Hamburg to open a bank account. I was blown away by the level of service I got plus all the added extras that come with my bank account for no additional cost (insurance for my mobile phone, rebates on plane fares if I book through them etc). But that is not the purpose of this post, instead my wonderful bank manager came out with some fabulous misconceptions that I simply have to record for prosperity.
The first one was about my job working in IT doing technical support
Him: So you work in IT?
Him: But you are a girl?
Me: *trying not to laugh* Yes.
Obviously I’m the first IT geek girl he has ever encountered.
Then as he was walking me out of the bank (told you the level of service was awesome)
Him: This our Christmas tree
Me: *wondering why he felt the need to point this out* It looks beautiful.
Him: You wouldn’t have Christmas trees in Australia.
Me: Actually, we do.
Him: How can you? It’s summer there.
Me: We celebrate Christmas just the same as you do here in Europe.
Him: *totally confused* But it’s summer there.
Welcome to the Christmas in the southern hemisphere paradox.