This morning I got a telemarketing call from a computer. Normally I’d just hang up (after all, if they don’t even bother to have a real person greet me, how could I possibly be bothered?) but this time I stayed on the line a bit to listen because it started off admitting that “This is a telemarketing call,” and “We apologize for taking up your valuable time.” OK, I’ll keep listening. An apology goes a long way in my book, especially because most telemarketers are just underpaid joes just doing their jobs.
But then my jaw dropped. The apology was not for the telemarketing call. “We regret that we do not have a representative available to speak with you at this time.” What?!? I stayed on the line because you acknowledged that my time was valuable, and then you just shot me down because *your* time was too valuable to even have a real person available to speak with me. I hung up when I realized that the computer was going on to say that “We’ll call you back when we’re available to speak with you.”
No. You won’t.
Unfortunately, I can’t really complain to the FCC because my home phone line is also listed as the primary contact number for my business license here in San Jose. And because it’s associated with a business, the regular rules just don’t apply. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun when they call back.
Have you all heard of Tom Mabe “Revenge on the Telemarketers”? I met him while I was living in Louisville… give this a listen
And on a more positive note, here’s a picture of this week’s phenomenal German Chocolate Cake (Thanks Diane! the shaved coconut made all the difference!!!)