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By Gene Weingarten
Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another installment in my Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the plight of the beleaguered customer-service representative.

Yogi ® herbal tea

Me: I don't like tea, which is why I like your tea because it's like what most tea isn't.

Mercia: Um . . .?

Me: If you see what I mean.

Mercia: I think you are saying you have a more discerning palate than most people?

Me: Yeah. So how much of it should I drink at a time? It says it helps you relax, but when I get too relaxed, I get nervous.

Mercia: I ... Okay, well. You want to listen to what your body feels like.

Me: Now how wet should I make the tea?

Mercia: I think I need help with that question.

Me: How do I know when it's wet enough?

Mercia: If you put the teabag in first, it will submerge, so it will be wet enough.

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