Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fun With Phones

Please scroll down & select a winner in the Time To Vote post.


Today hubby called the local newspaper to cancel our subscription. When asked the reason why he said, "Um.. we got it because we were potty training a puppy.."

The representative laughed. My guess is that was the first time she'd ever gotten that response.


Then there was this call that I answered..

*ring ring*

I press #1 to speak with a representative.

Him: Hi. I'm calling from blah blah blah..

Me: Hi!!!

Him: You need to update your credit card blah blah blah?

Me: No. I wanted to know if I could have your home phone number.

Him: What?

Me: I wanted to know if you would give me your home phone number. You know, so I could call you at home like you just called me.

Him: Ma'am. I can give you my work number.

Me: But you didn't call ME at work. C'mon. Fair is fair.

Him: I only give my home number to people I know.

Me: Well then.. what's your name?

Him: Joshua something something.

Me: Hi Josh. I'm Barb. Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?

Him: What...?

Me: My granddaughter is selling Girl Scout cookies. (That was a lie.)

Him: *silence*

Me: What kind do you like? Peanut butter? Mint?

Him: I like cookies, but how would you get them to me?

Me: You could give me your address.

Him: I can't do that ma'am. Again that is private information for those I know.

Me: Where were you born, Josh?

Him: At blah blah hospital. Where were you born?

Me: Orlando, Florida. You married Josh?

Him: Not right now.

Me: Oh, you were married before?

Him: No..

Me: You have any kids?

Him: I have one son, but I'm not married to his mother.

Me: You want to buy some cookies now?

Him: No..

Me: How old are you, Josh?

Him: 27.

Me: WOW! I have a 27 year old daughter. Maybe I could hook you two up!!!

Him: You don't sound old enough to have a 27 year old daughter. You only sound about 25.

Me: *rolling my eyes* You have a web cam, Josh?

Him: Ohh.. you're into web cam stuff?

Me: I'm married, Josh. Want to talk to my husband?

Him: He gets into you talking to other men?

Me: No. May I speak to your supervisor?

Him: Sure. Hang on.

*I hang on*

Her: Yes?

Me: I assume you monitor the phone calls?

Her: Yes I do. In fact I was listening to this call and I don't appreciate you soliciting our representatives.

Me: I wasn't soliciting him. I asked him if he wanted to buy cookies.

Her: You asked for his phone number.

Me: I asked for it because he has mine.

Her: He is only 17 years old.

Me: He told me he was 27.

Her: Whatever. If you are so lonely and need strangers to talk to, Keep on pressing #1.

Me: I don't think you're being very professional. Is THIS part of the call being monitored?

Her: Yes.

Me: I'm recording this, too. I'm on the Do Not Call list and you just called me. I'm going to report you breaking the law. (I'm not on the list.)

Her: I'm not breaking the law and I'm done talking to you.

Me: Have a nice..

Her: *click*


Sara said...

OMG!! I am dying with laughter! The supervisor should have been scolding her employee not you. He was the one getting kinky.
He was giving out way too much personal info. Maybe he was only 17, but he should learn how to be more professional. You, however, do not need to be professional, since his call was unwanted.

Misty DawnS said...

I like "I was asking for his number, because he has MINE!" Very good point! She didn't like YOU soliciting HIM??? Ummmm wasn't this a telemarketing aka solicitation call???

Thanks for making me crack up laughing though!

Kara said...

LOL!!! I wish I had the guts to mess around with solicitors. Of course I don't get many on my cell phone anyway.

Rebecca said...

As a former telemarketer - I can't even count the number of times I got a person like you on the other end.

A little insight: Do not call lists, they don't work and the individual callers don't care.

Also: we ENJOY callers like you. Telemarketing is VERY very VERY boring. Calls like yours add a little flavor and break up the monotony. Plus, it gives a good story so everyone can laugh at you on their break.

The FASTEST way to get rid of a telemarketer - just hang up.

Grace said...

Ya know I love your phone call stories... I like them so much I need you to give me your phone number so when I telemarketing person calls me I can give him your number so you can blog about the

Jeni said...

I dunno about the "do not call" list and it not working. I haven't had any telemarketers call here since I put our numbers on that list. Wish I could put bill collectors on there too though.
Ok -you could get yourself on the "Do not call" list and if it worked for you like it did for me, then it would eliminate so darned many funny posts coming from you as you have fun with the telemarketers. I vote for you to stay off the "Do not call" list!

Smalltown RN said...

that was very entertaining Barb...I found it particularily funny when the supervisor mentioned "soliciting" well what the heck are they doing? And good for you for asking for the number and how the heck did they get yours in the first place is a very good question.....

The Curmudgeon said...

Do not call lists don't work very well. Politicians exempted themselves... so they can keep calling. Anyone with whom you've done business can call... We get call after call at home and I get a lot at my Undisclosed Location too.

I'm just too tired to banter with them like you do. Keep up the good work, though.

Autumn said...

Oboy. You're gettin' a kick outta these calls, aren't you? You should ask you phone company if you could get a call blocker. I don't get any solicitations, but those pesky bill collectors seem immune...