Okay. I have my phone numbers registered with the State of Florida’s Do Not Call list. For those of you who may not know what that is, for a very small fee every year ($5), and for each number registered, it’s supposed to keep these pesky telemarketers from calling your phone. Does it work? Hmm. Hard to say. I get so many calls here on a regular basis anyway, between my business and the accountant I share my office with (and believe me, he gets a LOT of calls….), it’s truly hard to see if it’s working. We haven’t gotten many automated calls so far this year. You know, those really annoying calls where it’s just a recording, not even a real person to yell at…
That’s probably the worst thing about telemarketers. If it’s a real person that calls, and manages to pronounce my name correctly, I try to be nice about it. After all, they’re just trying to do their job! But woe to the heavily-accent-laden telemarketer that mispronounces my name and then refuses to get off the phone! Those are the ones that I like to have a little bit of fun with.
One of my favorites is when someone calling from India picks up after a slight delay (a dead giveaway it’s a solicitation call!), then mispronounces my name. Then they try to sell me some piece of junk product that I have absolutely no use for whatsoever. So then, I usually ask how it will be shipped, to which they answer by parcel post. I then usually wait a minute before replying, “But I want it tomorrow. Can’t you deliver it?” Then the banter begins, and it usually ends with them hanging up the phone.
I haven’t lost a banter yet….