I had a letter this morning telling me off for not having a TV licence. The thing is, I do have one so I called the number on the letter to let them know. This led to a very frustrating experience.
It was an automated service. The robotic voice asked me to make choices and give information by speaking to it. Tourettes and voice-recognition don’t mix.
The emotionless voice repeatedly apologised for not understanding me. My own voice was full of emotion when I replied, ‘Of course you don’t understand me, I’ve got Tourettes!’
I battled on, desperately hoping that a human would intervene after one last attempt to communicate with the machine.
Eventually it did promise to transfer me to an operator, but after ten minutes of being on hold I gave in and hung up. I’ll try again when someone’s around to help me.