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Ichigo's Worst Nightmare
last modified: Friday, May 23, 2008 (3:06:59 PM)
I get a lot of weird phone calls at work to the point that I have serious questions concerning the average American IQ. It seems that, when it comes to immigration issues, people just throw out all logic and operate on a system of idiocy. Whether its complaints from Americans as to why they need a US passport to travel to other countries(I imagine that it's pretty obvious that you're an American when you go around in a Hawaiian shirt and an obnoxious attitude) to whiny girlfriends sobbing about their child porn-loving boyfriend being deported, I've pretty much heard them all.

I'm also accustomed to people giving me false names, especially when they're in the US illegally. Calls from "John Smith" generally evoke snickers from "Officer Pocahontas".

So, last night's call, really, should have come as no surprise for me. But what this person was unaware of is that, I, happen to be an anime fan.

Below is the transcript of my phone call with the Russian-accented man. My thoughts will be in parathesis minus the cute little agency identification intro in the begining.

Caller: Uh, hello. Um, I'm Japanese...

Caller: And..and.. my name is Ichigo Kurosaki.

(The stud from BLEACH?!....About to lose professional restraint...must resist...)

Me: Your name is not Ichigo Kurosaki.

Caller: Uh, ...Wha....what...?

Me: That's the name of a character from Bleach.

Caller: But...But my name is too Ichigo!

Me: Nonsense. No Japanese citizen in their right mind would name their son "strawberry". Now, get to the point.
(Although, in America, there have been children called "Apple"....)

Caller: Uh, friend is Mongolian and um, I want to know why he's being sent home.

Me: Sorry, I can't give you any information by law. But when you friend gets back to his country, he can fill you in with all the details.

Caller: Uh, oh, ok. What was your name again?

Me: Uryu Ishida.


Ok, so, I'm a meanie. But, really, if you're going to falsify your name, give some thought to it. Otherwise, you give me ammunition for a bunch of jokes...and, of course, the rare RS post.
re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareFriday, May 23, 2008 - 3:23:36 PM


re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareFriday, May 23, 2008 - 3:27:28 PM

*ROFL* You must have a VERY interesting job! ^_^

re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareFriday, May 23, 2008 - 4:01:49 PM
Katrina Kadabra

That''s priceless! Thanks for sharing it - very amusing.

re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareFriday, May 23, 2008 - 5:00:44 PM


re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareFriday, May 23, 2008 - 5:09:24 PM

Niiiice. ^_^

Actually, Ichigo''s name technically doesn''t mean strawberry, since it''s written with different kanji (I think the meaning is something like "protector"). But, native speakers definitely think "strawberry" when they hear the word. Japanese is a language made for puns. ^_^

re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareFriday, May 23, 2008 - 10:20:18 PM

You just made my day... thats gold :)


re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareSaturday, May 24, 2008 - 4:55:10 AM

XD That was hilarious! If he has a Russian accent it''s odd to give a japanese name lol They should have gone with John Doe...oh well XD

re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareSaturday, May 24, 2008 - 7:40:13 AM

Man that is hilarious! We get some real assholes calling where I work too. All of our calls are recorded though ;_;

re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareSunday, May 25, 2008 - 8:58:23 AM

Yup, Ichigo as written is "one who protects".

And this was totally worth all your time, trouble, and frustration just for the huge laugh it gave me!
THANK you for sharing! ^_^

re: Ichigo''s Worst NightmareThursday, May 29, 2008 - 9:10:47 PM
- MG -

This is quite entertaining.