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Old 08-15-2004, 05:34 PM   #16
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Bono's shades that is funny. I have a collection of some funny things as well that will be added in the latest issue.
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Old 08-16-2004, 11:13 AM   #17
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When the telemarketer would call for BAW, I would say (in my manly voice)....

"...this is Mrs....can I help you?"

Other end - "uhh..."

and then I would let them go on and on and on and I would end saying..."I have to ask my husband" and then hang up!" (stopped calls from that phone company.)

For other callers, I would start asking if they were dressed; what do you look like; etc. CLICK!

Lastly, I would ask the T/M if it was okay if I put my son on the phone so he could listen to an uneducated person with no job experience try to sell Daddy something! OUCH!!!

No offense to the current or former T/M, but calls to the home between 5-9 p.m. are just not welcome...! If I want something I will call you!!! That National Call blocking system and Caller-ID is welcome here!

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Old 08-16-2004, 04:28 PM   #18
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I like to pretend I can't hear who is calling.

Me: Hello?
Telemarketer: Hi, I'm with.... and wondering if your happy with...
Me: Hello?
Telemarketer: Hi, I'm with.... and wondering if your happy with...
Me: Hello?! Is anyone there? HELLO!!!
Telemarketer: Hi, I'm with.... and wondering if your happy with...

Continues on until the telemarketer hangs up on me. Of course, by the time it takes me to do this, I could have politely said "No thanks, not interested", and be done with it. But what's the fun in that?
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Old 08-16-2004, 04:33 PM   #19
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Mr. Baw and ylime, those are great

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Old 08-16-2004, 06:15 PM   #20
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try to seduce him....
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Old 08-16-2004, 08:31 PM   #21
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Please dont.

I work in a call center. We're just doing our jobs and you folks who do this kind of thing just make our day that much worse.

I've seen people cry every day at work because of the abuse they get from customers.

Besides, how would you feel if you came into my workplace for something and I told you off?

Please...we have to do this, it's our job, it's our way of making money to support ourselves and our families. If you don't want to listen then just say "Thanks, but I'm not interested right now. Have a nice day." and hang up. It's not difficult.

You beat me to it. As soon as I saw this thread title I was furious. I worked in telemarking for 2 years and finally gave it up because the abuse and the emotional strain got to be too much. I cried a lot, I was always stressed and in a bad mood. It's awful trying to do your job knowing you could be abused at any second. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy something, it's better to say no thanks and hang up. People are just trying to do their jobs, and it's better than working fast food and slightly better money. There are college kids working their way through school, young mothers, elderly, even blind and wheelchair bound folks. No matter how annoying the calls may be please remember these are human beings with feelings and not monsters out to steal your time and torment you. It's just a phone, it can easily be hung up. Now if you get one of those recordings you can yell what you want, it's not going to feel a thing.
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Old 08-16-2004, 08:40 PM   #22
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The reason why I wanted to write a humorous article and get ideas to make those in call centers and telemarketers put a smile on their faces.
Oh, I see. I remember when I was working my phone jobs, we would get some 'live ones' that were so funny they lightened up the day. Most of them were unintentionally funny, like elderly ladies or people who didn't speak English well and said the wrong things. Then some people were such assholes they were more funny than offensive. Yes, sometimes we telemarketers made fun of the people who thought they were dissing us Oh and some of the answering machines you'd get were such riots we'd call them again just to hear them and laugh! You'd also get the sad, lonely soul who just wanted someone to talk to and would keep your ear all day and it was hard to get away without hurting their feelings. I actually did have an idea of writing a book of all the responses we got. I was going to call it "When "I'm not interested" becomes Interesting" Good luck!
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:05 AM   #23
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I used to say in a very thick spanish accent:

TM: Hello may I speak to Mrs. CAN TOO? (the pronounciation)
Me: Bueno??? No speaky englich
TM: Um....
Me: Dejen de chingar *click*
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:37 AM   #24
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I typically answer the phone:

"Helllo, Pizza Hut, may I take your order?"

Keep in mind... I DO NOT work at Pizza Hut.

Telemarketers usually hang-up instantly,

and my friends...

well...

they actually try placing an order, usually in some funny accent.


But if a TM does catch me off-guard,

I usually tell them that I've already gotten 3 calls from their company, and that I demand to be removed from their database.

Technically they are required to do so, when asked.... and this seems to have worked... as I rarely get TM calls in the last year.
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I used to say in a very thick spanish accent:

TM: Hello may I speak to Mrs. CAN TOO? (the pronounciation)
Me: Bueno??? No speaky englich
TM: Um....
Me: Dejen de chingar *click*
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Old 08-21-2004, 09:56 AM   #26
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Look up the comedy albums by Tom Mabe. His material is entirely based on recorded telemarketer calls to his home.

His web site Tom Mabe includes some audio samples.
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Old 08-22-2004, 03:30 PM   #27
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Seinfeld saves the day:

"TEL: Hi, would you be interested in switching over to TMI long distance service.
JERRY: Oh, gee, I can't talk right now. Why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you later.
TEL: Uh, I'm sorry we're not allowed to do that.
JERRY: Oh, I guess you don't want people calling you at home.
TEL: No.
JERRY: Well now you know how I feel. [Hangs up]"



...I'd never have the courage to do that myself though.

haha that was exactly what I was thinking of! Seinfeld is always brilliant
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Seinfeld saves the day:

"TEL: Hi, would you be interested in switching over to TMI long distance service.
JERRY: Oh, gee, I can't talk right now. Why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you later.
TEL: Uh, I'm sorry we're not allowed to do that.
JERRY: Oh, I guess you don't want people calling you at home.
TEL: No.
JERRY: Well now you know how I feel. [Hangs up]"



...I'd never have the courage to do that myself though.

haha that was exactly what I was thinking of! Seinfeld is always brilliant
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