October 23, 2009 12:09pm CST
A friend has just moved to another state when she received a call from a telemarketer. So, after she told him that she was not interested, the man replied, "Not interested?? You're fired!!!" Silly, huh??? She just could not believe her ears. What are the most absurd things that a telemarketer has ever said to you??? Please share. Thanks in advance!
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• United States
23 Jan 10
Hi, corrycrystal. That is the craziest thing that I have ever heard an telemarketer say! I would have hung the phone up on this man if I was her. How can she be fired, when she is not working for him? He sounded very dumb when he said this. He does not need a job as an telemarketer. I have not had any weird things happen to me that a telemarketer would say to me. If I did, I can't remember.
17 Feb 10
Hi, Cream! Yeah, it was crazy and very dumb indeed. He thought he was in control, but in fact it showed that he has lack of training and unprofessional. Like you, I would put down the phone right away as well. It's only wasting one's energy to argue with these kind of people. It's good that you haven't encountered such situation with a telemarketer before, but I'm sure you will know what to do when it happens.
4 Nov 09
I used to receive many telemarketer calls. They normally try to market some hotels membership, time-sharing membership, bank link insurance coverage etc. It is quite annoying especially when we are busy or driving. I can even recognised some of their voices since they call quite regular. I normally tell them that I am not interested. However, they just ignored and keep explaining like a tape recorder
24 Oct 09
corrycrystal, I think that telemarketer had watched too much of The Apprentice! lol. I don't normally give a chance to any telemarketer when they call. I'll just ask how I can help and if they tell me that they are 'marketing' something, as long as it doesnt interest me, I'll just say sorry and hang up. :)
24 Oct 09
That's what on my mind when I first heard about it hahahaaa... The latest call I received was from a girl selling Air Asia insurance. She said I must confirm to her immediately. Then, she asked me to reconfirm my details, I've forgotten whether she did ask for my credit card particulars or not, but I told her that I'll think about it and check online to see anything about it. So, she informed me that it was a one time offer only and bla bla bla... She didn't stop talking, so, I hang up!! Like you, I guess I should have hung up the moment she started to talk!!
• United States
23 Oct 09
I guess the most absurd phone call I ever got was on my cell phone, and it was an automated recording telling me that my warranty was about to expire on my car and I could buy extended coverage, yadda yadda yadda.... The funny thing... I don't own a car. I've actually gotten this call several times on my cell phone and my home phone. I just hang up and shake my head.
24 Oct 09
He he... That's funny! I think they just set thousands of cell phones numbers and the automated machine has picked up your number on random basis. If you received the call for just once maybe it didn't sound ridiculous, but several times, that didn't make any sense at all and some more you didn't even own a car!!
• Garden Grove, California
23 Oct 09
hi corrycrystal I got the oddest call, this man said he was JOhn and then mumbled something blah blah on sale, and I can blah blah for you, so I asked him to talk more loudly and more distinctly and more slowly, so he very slowly and carefully yelled,maam you need a doctor. I replied, what are talking about? and he again screamed at me, you need a doctor. So I said, no, its not me that needs the head doctor, goodbye you idiot. You called me, I did not call you. Then I hung up. well an hour later, I get another phone call, " this is John again, get Rene now. I said, look you have the wrong number. NO Rene here. He screamed, you need a doctor, get Rene now. So this time I just hung up. I figured now that the two calls were pranks. I talked to the operator who said I should let them know if this idiot calls again. but thank Goodness he never called again. Oh and there was this one, hi I was told you want to sell your time share. I told him, sir I dont know how you got my phone number but I do not own a time share. so he apologized and hung up. five minutes later this same voice calls me, and says, I can get you a much lower interest on the credit card you told us you needed help on. So now I figure he is working several different ploys here. So this time I just said, please take me off your list as I do not answer telemarketers at all. then I hung up.
27 Nov 09
At times I used to wonder at the intelligent level of some of these tele marketeers. Once I said to a person 'I am home' as I just reached home then.She tried to correct me that I should say that I am at home .I just politely told her that I know my English and this neither a school nor she is a capable teacher who can correct me.
27 Nov 09
That's really absurd indeed. I think there are some really trained tele-marketers, but not many. Those who just give us weird statement and answers might be hired on hourly basis and never received any proper training. I guess if the calls are recorded to assess the way they interact with the customers, they might probably follow the book.