Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Telemarketers Nightmare



I have never worked as a telemarketer. I usually try to be polite to them, but if they are persistent, I may have a little fun with them, but I was never that bad....

11 comments:

Candace Jean July 16 said...

That's way too hard to laugh on a Sunday morning. And I can totally see you doing something like that. So when you do, please record it for our listening pleasure and post it.

Then I'm sure Katdish will try to outdo you, then Sherri, then.....oh yeah, this will be fun!

Wendy said...

Okay, now I'm considering being taken off the "do not call" list...

Candace Jean July 16 said...

I think I'll put myself back on!

Nick the Geek said...

MY first job was as a telemarketer. I'm not sure if someone was putting me one but there was this one time I was working a Saturday afternoon shift and I called this elderly lady, well she sounded old, and she started yelling at me for calling so early on a Sunday morning. It was pretty bad.

Good times.

I try to be nice to telemarketers but then again I tend to not answer the phone if it comes up unknown name/number. If it is important they will leave a message.

sherri said...

Helen this was hilarious! My son and his girlfriend just came in and I played it for them. I think he will try something simliar . He loves this kind of stuff.

Many years ago, I was the manager of a telemarketing service for a window company. I was the person that confirmed the appointments after the telemarketers talked the people into allowing a salesman to come to their house for a quote. I have MANY good stories. Shocking that many well-thought of "Christian" people in the community could be so nasty to someone.
Cussing, screaming, deameaning, I've heard it all.

Here's a tip.

Cut them off early and in a nice way.
No need to be rude.

"Hey, thanks, but I'm not interrested. Hang in there though. Have a good day", then hang up.

They'd rather be cut off right up front than wasting their time or getting their hopes up by your listening to their pitch then telling them no.

And really, be kind. The golden rule still applies whether you on the phone or in person.

katdish said...

I received 2 calls this morning before church (we leave at 8:30 am) from an 800 number. You gotta be kidding me...

That was great. We've had collection calls for a Reginald Richardson. I usually pick up the phone and tell them, "Sorry, close but no cigar!"

Helen said...

Like I said, I only have fun with them when they are too persistent, (or lying).
Example #1: We kept getting calls from a funeral home, trying to sell us prearranged funerals. We told them not to call three times. The fourth time, I said "I am so sorry, but you see, we don't believe in death. However, there is an awful stench coming from the parlor, do you know anyone who could help us with that?"
That was the last time they called.
Example #2: My dad had been dead for three years. Well, the week before Father's Day, a hardware store my dad used to frequent called and said he was just in last week admiring some power tools, and they thought that with Father's Day coming up, I might want to buy it for them.
What I said...
"You mean he hasn't seen me in three years, and the first place he stops when he is in town is the hardware store, and he still has told me he is in town! WELL F*** IF ANYONE THINKS I AM BUYING HIM POWER TOOLS NOW! The next time he comes back from the dead, he should stop and see me first!"

Sometimes, if I am feeling particularly sassy, though, and I see "Unknown Caller" on caller I.D., I answer the phone "Noschmoss Gepup!", we means nothing in no language I ever heard....

Helen said...

oops, that was supposed to read "still hasn't told me he is in town". Bad Helen.

sherri said...

Helen- you know that makes me want to call you now and pretend to be a telemarketer.

I may have to try!

Are you listed in the phonebook?

Helen said...

Yeah, under Gepup, Noschmoss.
;-)

Kevin Mills said...

That stuff is hilarious! Tom Mabe is the MAN!!

I'm also a huge fan of TeleSpank.com. (The best episodes are "That Feeling Inside" and the whole "Mary Lou Mystery Show" saga.