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Telemarketers have feelings too!

First listen to this mp3. The first part is my greeting for our answering machine, and the second part is a message that was left on it today. I deleted all names to protect the guilty.

Obviously they were upset about my message, which is sad for me, because I tried really hard to word it to be clever but not derogatory. The problem is I mumble, and she must have heard "improve your lot in life," as "improve your lowlife."

I guess I will need to change the message or speak more clearly next time. I am open to suggestions.


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Aug. 15th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's funny and sad.

Funny because she completely exaggerated/misunderstood your message. I bet her coworkers will repeat it to others, who will repeat it to others and eventually they will report that you said something along the lines of "All you telemarketers deserve to die! You motherfuckers! Go step in front of a bus!"

Sad because their telemarketing system left the call off hook and she didn't realize it. It was pretty obvious she was just talking to a coworker and didn't realize the call was still connected. A bug in the telephony software, I bet.

Any idea what company/product they were selling, or what telemarketing company she works for? I hope they aren't using my company's system.

Aug. 15th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
The caller id says CLOTHING DONATE. It actually has a real number as well, I am tempted to call back. :)
Aug. 15th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, so it was a charity. Probably Salvation Army. AFAIK, they don't use an automatic dialing system and instead they just have people who get a list of people to call and they dial them manually from their home phone and tell them that the Salvation Army truck will be in their area and ask them if they have anything to donate. I don't know if they are volunteers or are paid. We use to get called by them quite a bit, and some of them were pretty confrontational. I assume it is because they get a lot of shit from the people they call, even though they are just trying to do something to help people.
Aug. 15th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
They're trying to help people by disturbing other people uninvited in their own homes. There's some confusing moral ground for you....
Aug. 15th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Perhaps the ends justify the means?

I personally detest charities calling me asking for money. If I have some money/time/property I want to give to charity, I'll find a charity to give it to myself. I feel the same about telemarketers. Luckily I am the telemarketing do not call list. Unfortunately that list doesn't apply to charities or politicians.
Aug. 15th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
My personal strategy is to give all telemarketers, regardless of organization, the same polite but firm "I'm sorry, we don't accept telephone solicitations" followed immediately by hanging up. This has two advantages: I don't inadveretently abuse the well-meaning, and the pushy ones don't have an opportunity to argue. ;-)
Aug. 15th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
I usually try to be nice and let them down easy... which just wastes my time and theirs. Your way sounds better. I will try it.
Aug. 16th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
I listened to the mp3 twice. It was hilarious and poignant.

I once told a telemarketer I was in the middle of playing the piano, and would they mind waiting. I set the phone down and continued to play for a couple minutes. When I picked the phone back up, I was astonished to discover they were still on the line, patiently waiting. That deflated my desire to be rude. (I felt like a bit of a schmuck, really.)

Now, I generally say "Please take me off your list." It's like magic; I think they have rules about how they have to respond to that particular request.
Aug. 16th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
One of my friends was blacklisted from telemarketing lists. What he would do when they called was to talk to them about whatever they were trying to sell, asking detailed question, clarifying pricing, on and on. Then after an hour (yes an hour), he would say "Well thanks for your time, but I am not interested." He only had to do it twice, then he never got called again.

To me it is not worth the hour, but it does strike me as funny.
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