"May I speak to the male head of household?" ARE YOU SERIOUS????

United States
December 7, 2010 6:31pm CST
That's right I couldn't believe it! I was getting my son from his wheelchair to the bed. Now remember I am somewhat small and my son is almost 6 foot tall. He only ways around 150 pounds - but that's still more than I weigh! So I am standing there with my hands pretty full of him and the phone rings. Some guy has the guts (spelled b_lls) to ask me if he can speak to the "male head of household THERE ISN'T ONE!!!" He said thanks and hung up! I was shocked! why would they need to speak to "male head of household?" I was kinda mad really like I'm not good enough for whatever they want? sheesh! Ever get a call that just pis_es you off?
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13 responses
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I think someone is making fun out of you. Sorry my friend but this is the first sentence comes out to my mind.
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@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I had a call last night which really irritated me. A lady called and asking if this is the [my company]. And I said " yes, ma'am. After saying that word. She hungs up on me. I received that call yesterday twice. If I didn't calm down and think accordingly. I will drop the phone hardly so that her eardrums pops. or possible give them a harsh word that she needed. I dropped the calls nice and happy.
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• United States
8 Dec 10
That's kind of weird if you ask me! I don't know who they are or why they called, and I think it's rude to call on the phone I paid for and asking me questions and not telling me why!
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@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
It is, they know our company and yet she's showing a bad attitude. If we only have caller ID, I will invade and ring her phone to non stop.
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I have the same problem with telemarketers who don't know how to do their job properly, rather don't have the decency required for the job. They always get me at the bad time as well. It probably is a marketing research targeted for the "male head of the family" but I do agree with you that the way it was done was tasteless. Telemarketers conversations, beginning from the greetings should me closely monitored by their supervisors to correct them. That also the reason why my phone line is not listed no
• United States
8 Dec 10
I am actually on the national no call list and that's why I answered it in the first place because I am not supposed to get those type of calls!
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@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Than I would have to commend the resourcefulness of the telemarketer! Just trying to lighten things up. It really is annoying when that happens. I had an argument with my telco provider once for calling me with useless offers. Well let's just hope it doesn't happen again right
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@marguicha (102147)
• Chile
8 Dec 10
I grow nastier by the hour when those people call. They insist even when I say I can´t go on talking. My mom is 86 years old and I like to have my phone for her to call if she has any problem. She has not been feeling well lately. Today I told someone who wanted me to answer some questions about the quality of of my Bank´s performance that the Bankl should give a written questionaire to each person and pay them to fill it. That was after they had called from the same place yesterday. I understand your use of the word b*lls!!! Those people are getting hold of our phone numbers, of our addreses and even of out lives.
• United States
8 Dec 10
I laugh at the people who call for my son. He was injured in an accident and cannot talk and i tell them he cannot speak. They say, "Is there a better time to call?" I tell them there may be but he still cannot speak!! lol!!
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@marguicha (102147)
• Chile
10 Dec 10
Still I think there should be a law so as to insure some privacy in telephone calls. I don´t understand why I have to be bothered by people who want to sell me unasked for things and such. And besides that, they want someone who is not you.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
8 Dec 10
Sounds like a survey, but you never know. I got a call from a bank once (where my husband and I had a joint account) and the person asked to speak to my husband because he needed to speak to the "primary decision-maker." Needless to say, we switched banks.
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• United States
8 Dec 10
Don't blame you for that one!! They can be just crazy can't they? I ahve no idea who this might have been! I was too taken aback to think too fast plus having my hands full of trying to transfer my son from wheelchair to bed!!
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 Dec 10
Next time you are able to get to the phone...answer it and let them ask for whom ever they are asking for...then say "yes, hold on just a minute and I'll get him (or her)". Then lay the phone down and go back to what you were doing. After they wait awhile they'll hang up! Maybe call back, maybe not, but if they do...just say "oh, didn't they pick up? Let me call them again" and then lay the phone down again and go back to what you were doing. They'll get the message and you will get a refreshing laugh at them!
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• United States
8 Dec 10
lol!!! What a great idea!! I will try to do that next time. I guess I couldn't think of anything too creative since I was trying to transfer my son at the time!!
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• United States
8 Dec 10
When I get calls on my cell, no less that a telemarketer asks to speak to the male household, I immediately say you are speaking to the one and only so if you have nothing valid to say to this cell owner then don't call me, then I hang up..LOL Amazing how the telemarketers cannot think far and beyond their scripts.
• United States
8 Dec 10
Yes, that's very sad actually! I have no idea why they would call me. The phone is in my name and it's a real girl name no mistaking!!
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@alfred8 (61)
• China
8 Dec 10
It is very annoying.If I encountered the thing that happend to you, I would directly hang up without any answer.There is alway such tiresome people who is doing stupid things.It is unnecessary to be angry with those fools
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• United States
8 Dec 10
This is true I should save my energy to be mad at something that matters more than something stupid like these fools!
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@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
8 Dec 10
I am just so thankful for CALLER ID. If I don't recognize the phone number or name I DON'T ANSWER IT. Let the machine answer it. The ones that I used to dislike were the ones who were trying to sell something, not to me but to my wife. They would ask for her and I would usually ask what they were trying to sell. The most common answer was "This is just a courtesy call." After that they would ask if I would ask her to call them when she was available, but the phone number they gave was not the same as the one they were calling from, and there was usually an extension to be asked for. I would, after they had hung up, check out BOTH NUMBERS to see if I could get any information on them. Several times the numbers would turn out to be magazine subscriptions companies. After a while it got so I could tell which ones were that type and I would turn the tables on them by asking which magazines they were selling. Then when they proved that that was, indeed, what they were up to I would mention that the magazine that I was really looking for was "Fur-Fish-Game" and asked if that was one of the ones they were handling. I ALWAYS WAS ANSWERED NO. When this happened I would inform the caller that as soon as they started carrying that they were welcome to call this number again.
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• United States
8 Dec 10
WEll, I don't have caller ID. I wish I did, but I don't. Plus I am on the national "no call" list so I shouldn't be getting any calls anyway!
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@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
8 Dec 10
hi macdingolinger! i never have an experience with someone calling and asked to speak with the head of the family but i have some which they knocked the door and ask to see them to discuss something with them.it does not matter whether to stay at my sister place or my mom both side will not meet their requirement since my sister is a single mom while my father is not well and will have no time to talk with them.since it is not really important matter, they will just say thank you.sometimes i do wonder why they only want to talk with the 'male head of household'?most of the time it's the woman who manage and take care of everything.
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• United States
8 Dec 10
Boy you got that right! I am sure I am just over sensitive since I've had to do it all for the last 17 + years! But it just pissed me off!
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
10 Dec 10
i would feel the same if i am the one who control and manage everything for years~
@shuley (369)
8 Dec 10
Maybe they are just surveying for something and male head of household is what they needed. I experienced like this also when someone called and angry talking but it came out that he dialled wrong number.
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• United States
8 Dec 10
This is very true, but they should probably mention that before they ask for them! Like at least tell why!!!
@Christoph56 (1508)
• Canada
8 Dec 10
Ever think that maybe it was a telemarketing call for something like razors for beards? Or boxer shorts? Or Viagra? Or maybe to bring him to a conference where he could win tickets to some sports event? Maybe you shouldn't get so pissed off about it, when you don't even know what it is they were calling about.
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• United States
8 Dec 10
This is true - except that I am on the "no call" list and should not be contacted at all! And why would they need the male head of household? They could ask for any male over the age of 18!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
8 Dec 10
No, Mac, I have not gotten a call quite like that but I can relate to how you feel. I once had an insurance agent stop by hoping to sell me some life insurance. He was talking a mile a minute and I was on my way to work. I asked him to please come back on one of my days off. He then told me that he would like to speak to the man of the house and before I could tell him there was none, he said they tend to be more reasonable about these things. Oh Oh. OH....I did well, Mac and held it together but if there was a slight chance that he would have gotten my business...he lost it at that moment. I worked in insurance for 12 years and I knew the language somewhat. What made him think that any guy might know more about what he was talking about? Even when I did have a "male" in the household he sure as heck wasn't "head of household"! I was the one that worked and supported us! We aren't in the 50's anymore and these people need to wake up and realize that!
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• United States
8 Dec 10
I am afraid my home owner's insurance would have to kick in since I would have punched him in the nose! Or I could have verbally shucked him down to nothing if need be!!
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
31 Dec 10
I got plenty of weird calls for many years now but since we changed phone provider, we hardly get one anyway the ones I remember were at least 2 1st one I was alone at my shop and she called to ask what am I selling I mentioned all kinds of things I had at the time and she laughed saying I don't have those I laughed since I did have all the things I mentioned some people are not weird, just stupid 2nd call was a man venting, not saying hello and not waiting for me to say hello either. worse than a woman having PMS kept going on and on I thought if he wanted to be rude, well I could be rude too so as he kept venting, I kept talking, nobody is listening to anybody he finally stopped just as I was asking 'and who is this??' and hung up there are people telling me to go door to door asking donation I never volunteer to do that, what makes them think I want to do it? If it's only donating, we donate regularly to salvation army I don't like bugging people at their homes, especially for donation