As some of you may know, I often talk on stage about a situation of mistaken identity where someone thought I was a woman named Angela. For those who may not remember, the bit is as follows:
Now although this joke was in reference to a true event, I haven't really thought much about it in the last while.
Until this happened.
For the past year, I have been receiving emails from my car dealership confirming my maintenance services with them. These are typically customer service oriented emails that look like this very last one I received:
Now some of you may be wondering why the hell I am bringing this up. Well, here is the weird part. I have been receiving these emails at the rate of once per month. In other words, in the past 12 months. I have received 12 separate emails from Hyundai confirming my car maintenance service appointments. Everything seems normal, right?
Except I have only serviced my car twice in the last 12 months.
This means I have been receiving somebody else's service confirmations, and whoever this person is, he or she has been fixing their car like crazy. What I also noticed, is that 10 out these 12 emails included an email address that was definitely not mine. So I decided to give Hyundai a call. This was what transpired in my call over the weekend:
Hyundai Rep: "Thank you for calling Hyundai, how may I be of service?"
Me: "Hi, it's Ed calling here. I think I have been receiving someone else's service emails for the past year. Can you double check?"
Hyundai Rep: "Sure, I will look into that. Your account appears to only have one email. *states email address*. Is this address correct?"
Me: "Yes. But I've been getting emails addressed to this email address also *states email address*. Can you double check this person's account to see if they have my email under their file?"
Hyundai Rep: "Let me take a look. Ah, you're right, your email is showing up under another customer's account. I don't know how this happened. I am truly sorry and I will correct it right now. "
Me: "Not a problem. Thank you for fixing it. Do you know why this happened?"
Hyundai Rep: "I am not sure. Maybe it is because this customer is a regular at our location. We see her all the time."
Me: "Interesting. By the way, does she have a similar name to mine? Is that how the mix up happened?"
Hyundai Rep: "I don't believe so."
Me: "That's so weird. I am just curious, what is her name?"
Hyundai Rep: "Angela."
Sometimes my life is so weird I don't even know where to begin.