I had to liaise with someone yesterday at a company. It turned out the person I was due to be meeting couldn’t speak a single word of English. As it turned out, they also couldn’t comprehend spoken English.
In furtherance to these two not inconsiderable stumbling blocks in our burgeoning business relationship, the person couldn’t read or write English either. They instead pointed to me and then to where I was meant to be going except I had not been there before so I did not know the layout of the business to find my way around.
I tried again however this was met with a blank look from the person in question. A supervisor arrived and then the manager however they couldn’t comprehend the situation because although they could see where this person was pointing for me to go, they couldn’t understand the person’s language.
Someone wholly unsuitable for a customer-facing role was the first port of call for me yesterday within a business setting. A supervisor and a manager weren’t able to comprehend what this person was saying.
Because the person in question is non-White, I knew I couldn’t say anything about it when I should have been able to and so I ended up leaving because I couldn’t understand what was going on and it turned out to be a colossal waste of time for everyone concerned when it didn’t need to be.
The world is thoroughly incomprehensible at times.