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Old 08-23-2006, 10:25 AM   #1
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Telemarketers

I get this kind of phone call once a week at work:
  • Them: Hello, we are giving you a free trial website for your company, can you please confirm this information we have and we will give you your free website, NO COST TO YOU!
    Me: No, thank you, we already have a website.
    Them: Well you can have a second one.
    Me: I think we can live with one website, goodbye.
    Them: Please, I just want to confirm this information.
    Me: No. Goodbye!
    Them: May I have your full name so I can log this phone call.
    Me: May I have your full name and phone number so I can call you and harass you when I please too?! *click*


And I also get these recorded calls that start off like this:
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Hello! (pause long enough for you to say hello back) This is John with Complete Business Mortgage with a free deal for your company...
And even though you press 9 to block the automated calls they keep calling anyways.
I'm tempted to listen long enough for a phone number so I can jot it down, call, ask for John and pretend to be a machine back in his face.


I have no sympathy for you if you work as a telemarketer.
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:42 AM   #2
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I hear ya!

This is somewhat similar. I have had the following situation happen to me several times, at a book store like Barnes & Noble...

Well dressed gentleman sees me browsing thru a book that I'm thinking of getting.

Him: Ah, I love that author!
Me (being friendly): Oh yeah? Have you read this one?
Him: Yes. It's her best one yet!
Me: Cool. It does look interesting. Maybe I'll get it. Thanks!
Him: No problem. So what do you do?
Me: Uh... Me? I'm a student... (back when I was one)
Him: Oh really? Where?
Me: Rutgers University?
Him: Excellent. So have you thought of doing something profitable in your spare time?
Me: Not really, I don't have the time. Semester's busy.
Him: Nevertheless take my card here, I have an e-business opportunity that might really help you get a head start on your career! Or better yet, gimme your phone number.
Me: Okay, here's my number. *gives a fake one*

These people go to book stores simply to get (more like badger) young students to join their business! Nice place for recruitment, eh?
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:46 AM   #3
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As soon as I hear the voice of the I hang up..

Can't stand telemarketers...

Let's start a petition on this and make sure those telemarketers never call us again!
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or in Zootlesque problem, start a petition to ban all telemarketers!
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What ever happened to the do-not-call list?

I stopped telling them to blacklist our company like 6 months ago because honestly, what's the point. A new company pops up every day to come and harass you.
And sometimes they don't even tell you the company name. It's such a scam.

Zoots.

That's exactly how the military used to approach me in phone calls. Call me up, pretend to be my friends, crack a few jokes, wear a club tie, give a firm handshake, a sudden look in the eyes and an eaaaaaaasy smile... Wait that's something else.
I used to get an army recruiter phone call every week at home or on my cell phone!
I always made appointments with them because they were so polite on the phone but I never kept them.
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Call me up, pretend to be my friends, crack a few jokes, wear a club tie, give a firm handshake, a sudden look in the eyes and an eaaaaaaasy smile... Wait that's something else.
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Look up comedian Tom Mabe. He has made a couple of albums based only on recordings of conversations he's had with telemarketers.
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As soon as I hear the voice of the I hang up..
Same.

I always know its a telemarketer right off the bat because they struggle trying to pronounce my last name. "Hello is this Christine.... V..... eee ... "


*click*

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But we aren't allowed to be rude at work.

I have caller ID at home, so it's not a problem.
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They always call you while you're eating dinner at home.
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they fricken woke me up this morning and then they have the long pause then i was like oh for *beep* sakes *click*!!
they piss me off


but i think he heard me this morning!!
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I always know its a telemarketer right off the bat because they struggle trying to pronounce my last name
That's one of the benefits of having a difficult to pronounce name(especially for dim telemarketers) . It makes it easy to screen calls.
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That's one of the benefits of having a difficult to pronounce name(especially for dim telemarketers) . It makes it easy to screen calls.
Yep. That's how we catch our telemarketers before they have a chance to promote whatever it was they want to sell. My father's first name is French and his surname is Afrikaans.
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i usually yell at them in russian.
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There's usually a pause after you say hello for their machine to patch itself in, so it gives you time to realize it's a telemarketer, and to hang up.

When I signed up for my home phone, they botched the spelling of my last name. At first it annoyed me, but now it works to my benefit when it comes to telemarketers. If anyone calls and asks for Ms. (botched last name) I tell them that she no longer lives here.

I once got into an argument with a guy who tried to insist that Ms. Botched last name lived there, and his records were not wrong. I gave up and started laughing, then hung up on him.

I'm normally a nice person, but I have absolutely no mercy or sympathy for telemarketers.
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