“I need a doctor.”
“I’m a doctor.”
“No. I need a doctor.”
“This is Doctor Oppenheim. You’re speaking to a doctor.”
“No! No! I need a doctor!!”
Like most of you, I hear what I expect to hear. It turned out the guest didn’t need a doctor but an adaptor for American electrical voltage. He had made the same request – in a foreign accent – to the hotel operator who immediately connected him to me.
It’s the fourth time in about 30,000 phone calls that I’ve had this dialogue.