The Most Annoying Telemarketing Call You:ve Received?


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Postby twittering debutante » Sat Nov 12, 2005 5:57 am

Vern wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:
Well said! Two short words beginning with f and o, and then hang up. They deserve no better.



Nah, humor will always win the day over anger.

Keep on smilin' and dialin'--click.
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Postby EPelle » Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:02 am

I have heard of some of these comebackers:
Found here...

:: If they call for you to sign up for their Family and Friends plan reply: "I don't have any friends...would you be my friend?" in as sinister a voice as possible.

:: If they clean rugs ask things like: "can you get out blood?", "can you get out HUMAN blood?", and "how about GOAT blood?".

:: Listen to their entire spiel, and feign interest when feedback is necessary (do something else in between). When they're all done and just needed your credit card number to send out the order, ask the telemarketer to marry you. When they refuse, explain you don't give your credit card number to complete strangers...

:: Tell them, in as deadpan a voice as possible, that you're not allowed to have money.
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Postby gh » Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:03 am

I've never received ANY annoying telemarketing calls! Why not? Because as soon as somebody says, "Mr Hill?" I say "no thank you" and hang up. Never have heard a pitch.
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Postby bambam » Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:14 pm

Yeah, I block those telemarketers pretty quick, like Garry. If somebody starts out the call with "William, ..." I tell them nobody who knows me has called me William since the 1st grade and hang up immediately.
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Postby twittering debutante » Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:31 pm

While in my telemarketing prime, a telemarketer for a local home remodeling outfit called me at my home and inquired whether I'd be entertaining any thoughts of spring remodeling.

"Actually, yes, I have," I replied. "I'm thinking of building a subterranean cave under my backyard for my kids to romp around in."

Long pause.

"Additionally, I'd like to crown the top of my house with a geodesic dome . . . you know, like the kind Buckminster Fuller used to design."

Longer pause.

Finally, in a very meek voice, the guy asked, "How do you spell subterranean?"
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Postby bad hammy » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:06 pm

MJD wrote:Three other annoying telephone bits. . . . There ought to be laws punishable by several years in jail-crimes against common sense. Of course, I try to avoid all of this by just using email.

OK, getting in on this one late, just trying to figure out why this thread has legs.

First off, like MJD, I do not really have a problem with telemarketers (although his vitriol against folks who leave a time of call goes a little beyond my level of irritation). At home I almost never answer the phone. That is why I bought an answering machine. At work I do answer the phone, but somehow I am almost always away from the desk when the telemarketing calls come through, so it goes to voice mail and is quickly discarded.

Two related annoyances to discuss:

1. The numero UNO problem with voice mail: people who leave a phone number, but read it off so fast that there is no way anyone who does not possess some form of superpower can hear it and transcribe it in one listening. THOSE people ought to be shot.

2. I notice that most telemarketing calls are automated computers now. Come on, folks, if you want to pretend to have a chance at selling me something through a cold-call, get a human on the other end. It won’t work, but at least it shows that you care.
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Postby twittering debutante » Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:29 pm

Bad hammy, I know you would have fallen for my silver-tongued sales pitch. I would have got you talking about your bad hammy in the front talk, and then I would get the billing info from you.

"I'll send you the bill, bad hammy, and you'll send me all your money. OK then? Alrighty? Okiedokie?"

"Awww ... WELCOME ABOARD Mr. Bad Hammy!"
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Postby Jim Rorick » Mon Nov 14, 2005 11:31 pm

Swear to God this is true; I was there when the telemarketer called. Guy called friend of mine sometime in mid-80s wanting to conduct a survey. Had some time to burn, so he played along. The first few questions indicated caller was from Scientology (which made lots of calls back in the day-at least in Northern California). About the 6th question was: "What do you do best - start things or finish things"? Light bulb clicked on, my friend replied: "Finish things", and slammed down the phone. Perfect!!
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Postby EPelle » Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:01 am

Have any of you ever received a t/m call from someone you know?

Someone from a delivery company that has brown trucks and brown uniforms called me up back in the day got connected to my line in a completely different department. Was ackward for a moment, as I knew who she was, but not she, I. I had to interrupt her in the middle of her spiel and tell her two things: She had gotten the wrong person, and that I knew her from school.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:46 am

yesterday im at work doing my goddam job when a salesmen opens a side door to our business ( they have these people called receptionist!!) and walks right in spouting his pitch. didnt even knock, just walks right into to private business. we could have had him arrested!

i redirected him in the nicest possible way to the front of the buliding and the RECEPTIONIST!! :x :x :x :roll: :twisted: :twisted:
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Postby EPelle » Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:56 am

SQUACKEE wrote:i redirected him in the nicest possible way to the front of the buliding and the RECEPTIONIST!!


Yes, that same receptionist just redirected him to Bob in HR, who, by accident (?) gave him a new key, a stack of bills and has invariably just placed him on a trial basis in the mail room as Photocopy Joe. So now, Squackee, every time you see PJ, he:ll remind you of how thankful he is of this "new" opportunity you have provided him, and he can:t wait to make his way up the ladder to president some day.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:40 am

EPelle wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:i redirected him in the nicest possible way to the front of the buliding and the RECEPTIONIST!!


Yes, that same receptionist just redirected him to Bob in HR, who, by accident (?) gave him a new key, a stack of bills and has invariably just placed him on a trial basis in the mail room as Photocopy Joe. So now, Squackee, every time you see PJ, he:ll remind you of how thankful he is of this "new" opportunity you have provided him, and he can:t wait to make his way up the ladder to president some day.


DOH!!! i should have shot his ass!!
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Postby EPelle » Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:00 am

SQUACKEE wrote:DOH!!! i should have shot his ass!!


Brings Up a Good Story
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Postby mojo » Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:43 pm

[quote="SQUACKEE"]
they still get thru at my new job and interupt my busy day. [quote]

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:





:wink:
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Postby SQUACKEE » Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:46 pm

mojo wrote:
SQUACKEE wrote:they still get thru at my new job and interupt my busy day.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:





:wink:


i didnt say what i was busy at. you track nuts are just lucky i guess.
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Postby mojo » Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:02 pm

Lucky? :shock: :?



:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Daisy » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:23 pm

gh wrote:Because as soon as somebody says, "Mr Hill?" I say "no thank you"


Strange. Most of the ones that call me start off their pitch with "Hi Daisy how are you doing! " Or words to that effect, it takes a while to register that it's not someone you know. The rest is too crude to type here.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Wed Nov 16, 2005 3:56 am

mojo wrote:Lucky? :shock: :?



:lol: :lol: :lol:


alright mojo, THATS it!! :x next thursday no mashed potatoes for you! :cry:

yes i am the potatoe nazi :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Postby mojo » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:27 am

SQUACKEE wrote:
mojo wrote:Lucky? :shock: :?



:lol: :lol: :lol:


alright mojo, THATS it!! :x next thursday no mashed potatoes for you! :cry:

yes i am the potatoe nazi :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


You and Dan Quayle. :P :P :P

beside it is mashed potato day on Wednesdays up here so hahahaha.
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Postby SQUACKEE » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:29 am

shucks!! foiled again by the superior sex :x
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