I know it’s a small country, but…

Everyone is this country seems to be on a first name basis. It’s very friendly, but also confusing and unspecific. When I started my temp receptionist gig, I was surprised how everyone who I spoke with on the phone immediately assert their name as if I should know who they are, then ask to be directed to a staff member, usually also only using first names. Um, we have four Sarahs that work here… Yes, Perth is a small town where everyone seems to know everybody and even I can’t walk down a street without running into someone. (And I know, like, five people.) But are there really so few people in Australia that “Nathan” is a sufficient unique identifier?

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