March 11, 2008 9:58am CST
I realize that telemarketing can't be an easy job. However, if one is so stressed that he/she tells off someone HE called in the first place, maybe it's time for a new job...? A telemarketer called me yesterday, and I'm on the FCC's Do Not Call list. I try to be as nice as possible to these people, "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm really not interested, I'm on the DNC list, could you please take my number out of your database?", but sometimes, I swear, it isn't worth it. So this guy calls me yesterday. Normally I don't even answer, just check the Caller ID, but I was expecting a call and just answered without looking. "Hello, Mrs Jones? This is Craig calling from such-and-such company, and I just wanted to be the first to tell you congratulations! You have been entered into our Super-Fantastic-Grand-Prize Drawing, and you've also been entered to win-" and that's where I cut him off. I said, "Oh, thanks, Craig, but I'm really not interested. Could you take my name back out of your drawing, please?" "Sure, Mrs Jones, I can do that for you, just a moment. ~Ever hear of Midol?~" The Midol comment was said under his breath. Well, then I started yelling. "Actually, yes I have, but it's bipolar disorder, not PMS! BITE ME!" And I was nice to him in the beginning, and he called me in the first place! I should have asked to speak with his supervisor, but I hung up on him before I thought to. It really irritates me when telemarketers get nasty with me before I'm even rude to them first. I'm on the DNC list, so STOP CALLING ME! There's one company that keeps having their robot call and tell me that the factory warranty is about to expire on my car, and to press 2 to be connected with an operator. That's fine...except that the factory sent me a card saying that my warranty expired when it was sold from the first owner four years ago. No, I do not want a 3rd party warranty on my car--that's what car insurance is for!!! Jeez. Come on, people! So, Telemarketers, beware. I'm one of very few people that's nice to you when I ask to be taken off your list, but no more. Sorry about your bad luck, but smart@ss Craig ruined it for you. I won't even be speaking with the "little people" anymore. When you are stupid enough to call me in spite of the DNC list, in spite of the fact that I've asked your company in the past to remove me from their database, I will be asking to speak to your supervisor, and he/she will be getting told off. And turning this into a discussion, what kind of experiences has anyone else had with telemarketers? Should I press 2 and start screaming at the operator I'm connected to? And what are some great lines to scream at them next time any of them call?
• United States
11 Mar 08
You can also have fun with them too. Just make up wild answers and have people do crazy things in the background. I have a friend that does that and the callers will hang up after a while! You got to get your laughs in while you can that is for sure!