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Hollymom1229:
So I'm currently updating my passport with my married name (married 8 years and first time travelling out of country in that time). While going through the process I was reminded of the story my sister told me when she was getting her first one issued a few years back.

My sister called the Department of State hotline for passports with a few questions. The lady (aka SD Lady) on the other end of the line was asking a few clarifying questions. She asked my sister where she had been born and that's when the madness started.

Sister: Puerto Rico
SD Lady: I'm sorry but you were born outside of the U.S.
Sister: No, Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S.
SD Lady: No, Puerto Rico is its own country, and people born there are Puerto Rican, not U.S. Citizens.
Sister: While they are Puerto Rican, they are also American Citizens, because Puerto Rico is not it's own country, but a U.S. Territory.
SD Lady: That doesn't sound right.
Sister: Look I was born at the military hospital at Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico while my dad was stationed there during his time in the Navy.
SD Lady: Oh, you were born at the military hospital, well that's fine then.  You can be born in another country as long as it's at the military hospital.
Sister: *facepalm* I actually have to run to a meeting, I will call back later.

Five minutes later I get a call from my sister relating all of this.  She unfortunately had not gotten the woman's name so she couldn't report her for her woeful lack of knowledge.

Does anyone else have stories of exchanges where your brain just hurt as a result of the discussion.

QueenofAllThings:
Yesterday at the fish market. I was buying cod.

I commented on the mini crab cakes, and the fishmonger says:

FM - "Yeah, I just got mini cod cakes and I'm sending 'em back."
Me - "Why? I LOVE cod cakes!"
FM - "I know - right? They're awful!"
Me - "No, no. I LIKE them."
FM - "And they're more expensive!"
Me - "Wait - what? More expensive than crab cakes?"
FM - "No, of course not".

His partner was cracking up ....

Reason:
I met a young lady in college who asked me where I am from as I have a slight accent. I told her that I am from Russia. Without skipping a beat she immediately asked "Oooh, where is that?"

I know it wasn't particularly polite but I said "Ok, you open the world map, find the biggest thing there, and that's Russia."

Still hurts my brain a little when I think about it.

Dr. F.:

--- Quote from: Hollymom1229 on December 22, 2011, 01:47:37 PM ---So I'm currently updating my passport with my married name (married 8 years and first time travelling out of country in that time). While going through the process I was reminded of the story my sister told me when she was getting her first one issued a few years back.

My sister called the Department of State hotline for passports with a few questions. The lady (aka SD Lady) on the other end of the line was asking a few clarifying questions. She asked my sister where she had been born and that's when the madness started.

Sister: Puerto Rico
SD Lady: I'm sorry but you were born outside of the U.S.
Sister: No, Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S.
SD Lady: No, Puerto Rico is its own country, and people born there are Puerto Rican, not U.S. Citizens.
Sister: While they are Puerto Rican, they are also American Citizens, because Puerto Rico is not it's own country, but a U.S. Territory.
SD Lady: That doesn't sound right.
Sister: Look I was born at the military hospital at Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico while my dad was stationed there during his time in the Navy.
SD Lady: Oh, you were born at the military hospital, well that's fine then.  You can be born in another country as long as it's at the military hospital.
Sister: *facepalm* I actually have to run to a meeting, I will call back later.

Five minutes later I get a call from my sister relating all of this.  She unfortunately had not gotten the woman's name so she couldn't report her for her woeful lack of knowledge.

Does anyone else have stories of exchanges where your brain just hurt as a result of the discussion.

--- End quote ---

An employee of the *STATE DEPARTMENT* who doesn't know that Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory? A *STATE DEPARTMENT* employee??!?!?! I'm....flabbergasted. really. That's making my brain hurt at several removes.

I've naturally had the argument with several post office employees about needing international postage when sending something to New Mexico <sigh>, and one really inspired person who spent about an hour arguing with me that there is no Ontario, California, I must mean Ontario CANADA. No, sorry. It's 30 miles east of LA. I had to pull out a map for that one.

Animala:
I was also born at a military hospital although in Texas.  I can't even tell you how many people think El Paso isn't in the US, so don't feel too bad. 

My youngest sister has MG and as a result cannot have magnesium at all.  (It intensifies the symptoms which can be deadly particularly for someone already sick enough to be in ICU.)  Also about 20 years ago my other sis was in the hospital and was accidentally given an overdose, but since she wasn't hooked up to anything no one would have known it if the family hadn't been there until it may have been too late.  Since then we have a strict rule of having someone with you in the hospital.

A few years back my youngest sis was in ICU after her latest crisis and was in very bad shape.  The nurse brought in a bag of magnesium in her drip.  We always check meds before they are given and when she told my sis what it was she told the nurse she couldn't have it and why.  The nurse insisted and my mom had to actually step up to step in front of her to stop her!  So not long after the hospitalist came in to find out why my sister was refusing treatment and belligerent.  After my sister explained why, which really she shouldn't have to explain what meds she can and cannot take to the dr, he was extremely apologetic and they switched her to a different nurse.

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