Dealing with cable companies has to be one of the most frustrating, annoying things you can find yourself having to do. A woman named Laura Carrie in Australia dealt with this recently, when five days after her cable company, Telstra, told her that her broadband would be up and running, she still had no Internet. Instead of getting mad, though, she just posted a message to their Facebook page, along with a snapshot of how she'd been spending her time sans the web—by playing cards with her cat, naturally.
Her post read:
Hi Telstra! I know people usually complain when their broadband was supposed to be connected 5 days ago, and they have made five futile phone calls to you, but I'd like to see the positive side and thank you for giving me a night off from working on my small business. Usually I'd be slogging away on my computer taking care of my customers but thanks to you I can't do that anymore, so I'm having a night off, Woo!!!
Now I can't watch Netflix (no interwebs remember) so I have to make my own fun. So I thought I'd reconnect with my cat, Kittie Smalls. Seeing as this night wouldn't have been possible without YOU I thought I'd share some moments with you
This is us playing poker. She's a natural.
The confusing thing about this is—how did she manage to post on Facebook without the internet? Maybe via phone? Maybe it was even her cat's phone.
When playing poker with her cat failed to get the cable company to notice her, Carrie stepped it up a bit, posting a picture six days later of Kittie Smalls practicing some yoga.
Mornin' Tele Tubbies!
Day 11. Guess what?! No, no, you'll never guess.... Still no broadband! This gives me yet another wonderful opportunity to continue the awkward journey of reconnecting with Kittie Smalls. Telstra Thanks!
We're extra grateful today as we've started doing yoga. So, as well as rekindling our friendship, we're also getting mad limber. This is a pretty good first effort of "Spinal Twist".
She was being sarcastic, but amazingly calm. Must be all the yoga.
Two days later it was party time, as Carrie and Smalls were about to finally have cable again.
This post read:
Evening my dears,
Ok, Day 12 with no broadband connection and I have a very exciting update! Like, ERMAGHERD, my case manager Jill and my super techie guy Suman just told me that I will totally be connected in 24 hrs, woo-hoo!
This means Kittie Smalls and I, in our last night of awkward reconnection thanks to sheer boredom, are planning a special party for tomorrow night! We've invited the love of our life, Brent Stephens, over to finally watch our new TV in glorious 4K Netflix. Look how 'excited' she is. Telstra Thanks!
But NOPE, it was actually not to be.
The full text of Carrie's post read:
Noooooooooo. Noooooooooo. Whyyyyyyyyyyy. Whyyyyyyyyyy. Why Telstra?? Why do you do this to me???
Worst. Netflix. Party. Ever.
Seriously, how much disappointment can one cat take? Doesn't the cable company realize how much this woman and her poor cat need their Netflix?
Fifteen cable-less days later, Carrie had to try a new tactic. She brought in the heavy (cat) artillery.
So. Wow. Day 15 huh. 15 days and still no cable broadband. I told you I'd have to bring in the big guns right?
ERMAGHERD - I have TWO cats
Yup, I know, you thought this was all about Kittie Smalls didn't you. Well, I'm very sorry to have to introduce to you, The Flee. So called as, well, she flees a lot.
I didn't want to have to include her in Telstragate. She's not like Smalls. She's shy, scared of loud noises, she just doesn't like being in the limelight. But, you forced my hand Telstra, you forced my hand...
Disappointed cat, is, disappointed in you
Well, looks like Flee the Cat made Telstra sit up and take notice. A spokesperson for the company told Mashable Australia on Friday that Carrie and her two cats now have internet, and they also revealed that they'd provided her with a pre-paid mobile device so she was able to access broadband before they connected her.
Hopefully her cats didn't steal the device to play online poker, as cats are wont to do. Can't trust 'em as far as you can throw them (note: please don't throw cats).