Do you find this annoying?

@ElicBxn (62692)
United States
August 31, 2012 10:09am CST
Okay, so this happened a number of years ago. A LARGE number of years ago... before there was a "Do No Call" list. So, the phone rings and I answer it. "May I speak to Jas M____" (my last name). Now, for those of you who don't know this, and I'm sure there are a lot of you - because I hadn't know it until shortly before this call, that "Jas" is often an abbreviation for "James" that also happened to be my father's name. To top off this stupid call, my father had died a couple of years earlier, but it was very near the anniversary of his death so I was already kind of on edge. I replied. "That's James." "No, it says Jas," the woman said. "Its short for James," I replied. "It says Jas," she insisted. I was, as I've indicated, already kind of upset about getting a call for my father, but then this stupid woman argues with me! "It's an abbreviation for James!" I shouted at her. "And besides, he's DEAD!" I then called her an unpleasant name and hung up. You know, some telemarketers are stupid enough to call back, but, I've got to say, she wasn't THAT stupid. How stupid is that?
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@GardenGerty (149061)
• United States
31 Aug 12
Yes, that is annoying. It is also annoying when some big firm decides to try and sell you on a deal. More specifically, over twenty five years ago, when I bought this house it was a duplex, upper and lower. We converted it back to single family less than a year later. All of the sudden ATT wants to sell services to my upper floor. Excellent deals, but I cannot have them, they are for new customers only! I have called them and asked them to stop mailing me this offer, and calling me with this offer. They promised me they would, but I still get them on a monthly basis. I also still feel bothered when people call looking for my deceased first husband so I understand about how you feel when people ask for your dad.
@GardenGerty (149061)
• United States
31 Aug 12
AARP even sends my thirty five year old son junk. I tried a membership for a while but hubby said since they support Obamacare and they never got us anything good in the past he was dropping it.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
I already knew they were a liberal lot and won't join them.
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• Philippines
31 Aug 12
I can't really blame them, but they do have to get used to those responses. working on an outbound call center or outsourcing is really making agents stupid, doing things over and over again. that's why i preferred the customer service than calling out to sell, who ever this person is must have been desperate. It's sad to hear something like that, maybe companies should stop outsourcing to overseas.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
That is a good one Hatley!
@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
31 Aug 12
Back in 1985-6 there was wasn't as much outbound sales over seas as there is now, and from this gal's accent, I would say she wasn't from overseas, she sounded like she probably lived, as we say over here, south of the Mason/Dixon line. It wasn't a language problem, it was a brain problem, like her IQ was also... south of some line...
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@Hatley (163905)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 12
hi ElicBxn like we say here her IQ was lower than her bra size.lol
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@AmbiePam (59073)
• United States
31 Aug 12
She argued with the person who lives in the residence over the name? Man, doesn't she think if anyone would know, it would be the person living there?!
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
31 Aug 12
Check the next response... lets just say, she wasn't real "warm" in the IQ department from what I could tell - as you say, if anyone knows it would be the person living here - huh?
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@dawnald (84863)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Aug 12
dumbazz, apparently she didn't think you knew your own father's name... Or she thought she had the wrong house, in which case SHE should have hung up.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
31 Aug 12
I doubt she knew it was my father, but she should've assumed it was at LEAST a wrong number - you know the rule, the customer is ALWAYS right...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
31 Aug 12
How rude. I hang up on them soon as i answer. My grandson always answers the ophone if he is here. I keep getting calls about my credit cards[which i don't have any or want any] & he'll just hang up to & tell me it's just that crazy lady about your credit cards, lol. Quick learner, he is, lol.
@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
31 Aug 12
Oh, calls from "Rachel" huh? Big fat scam artists!
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@Sandra1952 (6047)
• Spain
31 Aug 12
Yes, I've had stupid ones like that. One day, somebody called from an electricity company and asked to speak to the account holder. They were trying to get us to change suppliers, but we weren't interested, so I told her so. The rest of the conversation went like this: Telegirl: 'I need the account holder to tell me he's not interested.' Me: 'Trust me, he's not interested.' TG: 'Can you get him to the phone? I need to speak to him.' Me: 'No, he doesn't want to come to the phone - he's not interested.' TG: 'I have to hear it from him - please call him to the phone.' Me: 'He can't come to the phone.' TG: 'Why?' Me: 'Because he's collapsed and we're waiting for an ambulance. Now clear off and don't
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
31 Aug 12
That's a good one! I was talking to 911 (our emergency number like the 999 in the U.K.) after Maggie had fallen and was screaming in the middle of the kitchen. The conversation went something like this: "Is the patient conscious?" "Yes, she's screaming on the floor in the kitchen." "Is she rational?" "I think so, she told me to call you between screams."
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
Oh, Hatley, its hysterical, after the fact, actually, it was kind of funny even then, because AFTER I got EMS on the way she started worrying that they could see her underwear! I told her she was lucky if they didn't cut it OFF! (they didn't)
@Hatley (163905)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 12
hi Elic oh my G I am laughing not because maggie was hurt but because that operator was just funny and silly i mean if a person is screaming she is surely conscious and rational of course., forgive me for chuckling as I am super tired tonight and can hardly wait until 9 pm and I can shut down.,whatever I made today will have to be enough as I am pooped,. lol,.
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• Canada
12 Sep 12
And John wayne's real name was Marion! My mother Marianne has a very deeeeeep voice. She calls this place once, to get me some dance cessions. They call back, I answer. Woman: Is Marion there? Me: Marianne? W; Marion. I'm looking for a man names Marion. M: Marianne is a woman. W: I talked to a man. M: that nab is my mother! And then there was the Indian call centre idiot who I yelled at, who had the balls to call back and tell me I need to work on my manners. I told him to F off.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
12 Sep 12
oooo, yeah, the roomie has something like that problem, but mostly from those who know that her name is often a male name in England.
@winterose (39887)
• Canada
6 Sep 12
well that really was stupid, and I have been a telemarketer, but to give her credit she probably took your father's name of their list.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
6 Sep 12
I hope so! it wasn't the last time I got a call for him, but it was the only time anyone asked for his abbreviated name...
@MsTickle (25182)
• Australia
10 Sep 12
That's just tacky and nasty. Besides, how do you argue with someone about a name for crying out loud? Who's the person most likely to be right? I so dislike people who give me attitude when they want something from me. Grr.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
10 Sep 12
Me too! Don't get me started... if they ask for me by the wrong pronunciation, the roomie tells them that nobody by that name lives here.
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@BarBaraPrz (40308)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Sep 12
I've mentioned before that I keep getting calls from a South Asian man in regards to air duct cleaning... I keep telling him I don't have a furnace so don't have air ducts. Well, the last time he called, he claimed I called them, then started arguing with me, finally accusing me of lying. I finally lost it and screamed in the phone "Give it a rest!" and hung up. He hasn't called back since, but that was only a few weeks ago.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
That happened, after a fashion, to the roomie's folks. Her father had gotten bad about bills during a fit of depression, and so her mom put the phone in her name. So it was first initial and last name in the directory. This guy called for something, roofing or something, and after several times brushing him off, he said that: (initial/last name) had told him to call. To which she replied "I'M (initial/last name) and I most certainly did NOT!" Before the days of caller id and way before the internet... pity...
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
That other story will be its own discussion, its PRICELESS!
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@BarBaraPrz (40308)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Sep 12
When they ask for Mr P, I answer "No such animal."
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@dragon54u (31629)
• United States
31 Aug 12
That's the new illiteracy for ya. People can barely read anymore and abbreviations are beyond them unless it's something they type in while they are texting. Also, many telemarketers are calling from other countries and are not familiar with our pronunciations and abbreviations. I was at a friend's house once and a telemarketer insisted that her last name was Stee-lee, not Steele. She, too, had some choice names for that rude person. I know it hurts to be reminded of our departed. I finally got Sleep Number to stop sending brochures to my mother, who crossed over last February. I still get some phone calls for her. They just don't understand what "take her name off your list" means, even when I tell them they're wasting their time and losing money if they don't.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
31 Aug 12
I have a friend with that last name, she's a lady with many opinions and you cross her at your peril! (She's libel to find a way to mess up your computer if you do!)
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@GreenMoo (11834)
31 Aug 12
As if someone who phones you from a list knows more about the people who live in the house than you do!!!! Incredible!
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
31 Aug 12
I know! It was like talking to a wall! I seldom blow up at someone that fast, but that just hit all the buttons!
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@eagletrek2 (5499)
• Kingston, New York
1 Sep 12
Hi there a song Call here your sign The sign say stupid. Talking about stupid Phone rep my friend in florida her dog keep Getting phone calls about jobs but her son Having a hard time Finding a job. When phone reps Call me I do a switchro On them ,i,m in Network marketing and I ask them if they want to makew Like to make money the phone reps ha.g
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
I figured it out and love it!
• Kingston, New York
1 Sep 12
Had trouple trying to post The phone reps hang up On me after I ask Them if they like to make more money
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@pahak627 (4553)
• Philippines
1 Sep 12
I guess that is annoying. We can't blame the woman too maybe she just didn't know that it's an abbreviation.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
If she had just said, "Oh, sorry," that would've been fine. She chose to ARGUE with me instead... THAT was what was annoying!
@ravisivan (14090)
• India
1 Sep 12
also it is her duty she was performing. many times it is not the incident that causes irritation. it is the belief in us that causes irritation. here our member was affected by the loss of ... hope you understand.
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@Jshean20 (14351)
• Canada
1 Sep 12
It sounds like this person was persistant over something so stupid that she kind of had the comment coming to her. I don't find it fair when people are rude to telemarketers "just because", but in this situation you had every right to react the way you did; what horrible timing for that phone call to happen.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
I don't believe in being rude just to be rude, and if she had just accepted it that would've been the end, and she might've learned something, but NOOOOOOOooooo....
@KrauseHome (36551)
• United States
3 Sep 12
Gee this is stupid and too many times even yet still many people continue to get calls from places like this. Due to being online everyone can almost find you if they wish. The problem is these people many times continue to be rude and often easy to confuse. They must be desperate for pay and companionship as well. And when you insist on wanting to talk to someone else it really confuses them often worse and most do not want to move anywhere from there.
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@Hatley (163905)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 12
i ElicBxn I have been getting this same phone call almost every day," Don't hangup this is Arthur and I have a bargain for you.I will clean your air conditioning ducts for only $39.95 and I am screaming I live in a retirement center I have no house then I realize its a canned message gr gr gr. and get this I am on the national Do NOt Call list so what gives here? grrrrrrrr.!@#$#$$%%%%^^&&&****
@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
I'd get the name of the company and sic the government on them!
@ravisivan (14090)
• India
1 Sep 12
yes. it would have been more annoying. thank god nowadays we do not get such calls.
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
I agree, now if we could just get the political and charity calls knocked off too
@Suziecha (89)
• China
1 Sep 12
It occurs to me another problem, I've ever mistaken James Morrison as Jim Morrison...thought,Jim Morrison was really called James Morrison.
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• Philippines
1 Sep 12
Luckily, I don't receive calls from telemarketers who sells products and services except from my local internet provider who calls and asks if I already have internet connection lols!!
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@ElicBxn (62692)
• United States
1 Sep 12
as I said, this was before the days of the Do Not Call list, so we got stuck with these kinds of calls... now if we can dump the political ones!