Seemingly, the young cashier on the counter not only collects money; she has to double as receptionist, making bill-paying for the customer a longer, more boring experience.
The cashier answers the phone and fields questions, which makes it harder for her to concentrate on her other job - focussing on the customer in front of her.
Not all of us are public servants with time to waste.
With all the money made by the only phone company in town, you would think Telecom could afford to pay to hire someone else to answer the phone fulltime.
Why can't Telecom take a leaf out of TAU's (Te Aponga Uira) book - you are in and out in 10 mins (not 30 -40 mins, which is what it takes the average customer in a queue at Telecom these days).
Thanks TAU - that is what I call customer service!
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