Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Undiscovered Country

I am trying to buy an airline ticket on a certain airline. I've been working on it for two days now. I recently spoke with a very nice representative of the airline about why my credit card was not working:

Rep: Could you please tell me the billing address of your card?

Me: Yes, it's (street and house number), Vancouver, Washington, 98686.

Rep: Oh! There's the problem, sir. We can only process cards which have a billing address in the United States--

Me: But it is in the --

Rep: -- we're not able to process cards with international addresses.

Me: Yes. I understand. But I live in Vancouver, Washington, not in Vancouver, Canada. It is in the United States.

Rep (after a brief pause): I will have to send this to the billing department so that they can confirm that.

So, as soon as they figure out I live in the United States I guess I can do business with them. In the meantime I am going to go find a hockey game.


  1. I don't blame them. I think any Canadian or anyone appearing to be Canadian should be racially profiled.

  2. What if they have a french sounding name like "rozelle"?

    If only you had two z's in your name you would be safe.