William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 17, May, 2011

Sales Call.

Filed under: People who need pianos dropped on them — williamthecoroner @ 17:57

Just because you SAY “this is not a sales call”, that doesn’t magically make it not a sales call, particularly when you then attempt to sell me something during the call.

Yes, there IS a need to use that language.

I really don’t happen to care if it offends you.

Since you called me, I’ll respond in any way I see fit.

If you wish to make a living, there are lots of things you can do.  Have you considered pimping?

If I give you my Social Security Number you’ll take my name off your list?  How nice.

You’ll just have to keep calling?  OK.

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7 Comments »

  1. Digital answering machine with caller ID set to two rings (to make sure they get charged) is the way to go.

    Comment by Bad Science — Tuesday, 17, May, 2011 @ 18:08 | Reply

  2. If it was a sales call under the guise of a survey, it’s a crime. (Friend of mine was a poll stalker at the mall while in college. He explained it to me.)

    If a telemarketer does sucker me into answering, I find that laying the phone handset down and walking away until the “hang up the darned phone!” alarm starts playing is effective. It keeps them tied up a little longer than just hanging up, so they can annoy fewer people in a shift.

    A guy I used to work with got calls at work from the New York Times trying to get him to subscribe. He’d start off with “why would I want to take that left-wing propaganda rag?” and keep arguing until the marketer hung up. He kept score – he was up to eight by the time I left the company.

    Comment by Dave H — Wednesday, 18, May, 2011 @ 08:51 | Reply

  3. Take you ear from the receiver, and utilize a police whistle, loud and long.
    Then hang up.

    Comment by guffaw — Wednesday, 18, May, 2011 @ 12:42 | Reply

    • Yeah, but the phone is limited to 90 dB output. Speaking gibberish is more fun.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Wednesday, 18, May, 2011 @ 15:06

  4. “Yes, there IS a need to use that language.”
    /applause

    My father-in-law used to make a game of seeing how long he could keep telemarketers on hold. Occasionally he’d come back to the phone to say “hang on, we’re trying to find him”. I think his record was about 20 minutes….

    Comment by randompawses — Friday, 20, May, 2011 @ 17:30 | Reply

  5. Could the piano be on fire?

    Comment by rethoryke — Saturday, 21, May, 2011 @ 08:09 | Reply

  6. A local paper called me repeatedly and I repeatedly told them no thankyoustopcallingme. Finally, some poor, innocent young thing called and was left speechless when I said I’d be glad to subscribe if it was available in Braille. They never called me again.

    Comment by KA9VSZ — Sunday, 29, May, 2011 @ 19:42 | Reply


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