Skip to comments.Time Sync #19: Torturing Telemarketers
Posted on 01/17/2007 7:31:55 AM PST by RileyD, nwJ
Mark Gibbs is one the best commentators on Network World via "Gearhead" and "Backspin", plus he answers my emails from time to time.
From his Blogg on NW is a link to one of the funniest audio recordings I have ever heard.
I thought I had some great replies to telemarketeers, but this wins outright. Listen and enjoy.
My all purpose one is to just say that the owner is in jail for manslaughter.
My daughter asks how their day is going and if they need prayer for anything. That she is interested in them and would like to offer prayer. Nine times out of ten they yell at her and hang up. The other times these people ask for prayer, thank her for her concern and she never hears from them again. She heard a pastor say thats what he does when they call.
Tell the caller you need THEIR phone number, date of birth, and Social Security number for identification purposes...
Worst thing you can do to a telemarketer is waste their time. Tell them wait a minute and then set the phone down until it starts to screech.
Having just laughed to death, I'm having my dog post this reply.
Tell them they have a pretty voice. Ask them what they are wearing.
LOLOL....thats great :) thanks
I did that once. I asked what color underwear they had on. They started to freak but, I continued that they called me and wanted to talk about something I did not want to. So now we are talking about something I want to.
Love Bob and Tom!
You can't have manslaughter without laughter.
Yeah, I know, bad.
I love getting most of the way through a poll and saying, "Sorry, your five minutes are up" and hanging up.
....for identification purposes.....
for the lawsuit
"In my state we get money damages from the caller as well as the company calling."
Thanks for the comic relief. That is positively hilarious!
several years ago I got probably 5 calls a night from different telemarketers..one day a girl called and wanted me (and my now ex-wife) to go look at some land in the N. Georgia mountains..I got excited, she got excited (thinking she FINALLY had one on the hook), I got more excited, she got more excited..then in order to qualify, I had to answer a few questions..I said ok..so it was the typical address, phone (I answered these as she already had the info)..then she asked about family income..I told her I was unemployed but my wife worked part-time, when can I come look at the land..SHE hung up on me and within 30 days ALL calls stopped (since telemarketers sell the info to each other, mine hit as "unemployed")..they haven't restarted since..
We're on the Do Not Call registry and it's woked pretty well. A few odd ones slip through.
We got on a list called *Opt Out* to get off all those credit card mailing lists. I found out about this on an MSNBC.com blog and if you sign up, it cuts the credit card applications you get in the mail drastically. Our junk mail has gone WAY down. Here's a link to the article:
My friend was watching a football game when someone called trying to sell him vitamins. He talked and talked with them. They wanted his credit card number and he gave them about 6 of the numbers, then had another question. They asked the supervisor. Repeat above.......
They hung up on him after about 2 and a half hours.
I get too much enjoyment out of mailing
them back an empty envelope at their expense
to opt out. :>)
I haven't had a telemarketing call since the DO NOT CALL list went into effect, except for some politcal calls during election time (they are apparently exempt from DO NOT CALL)
Last night, though, I got a call from a little girl selling cookies. I ordered a box of cookies and made her day.
Fine, now I've laughed myself into an asthma attack! I have wrecked my makeup because I laughed so hard I'm crying. This is absolutely the funniest thing I've heard in years.
""Our junk mail has gone WAY down.""
Why would you want to do that?
We heat our entire home with it.
Not one penny for heat last Winter.
I tell them (accurately) that I am a consultant and my time/my opinion is money. Then I ask what compensation they are offering me.
A gasp usually follows and then after a pause, a click.
Our new old house didn't come with a wood stove like our old old house had. :((
That could work is you could get lots of people to do it.
Sadly, we've traded credit card applications with college brochures. My son forgot to check a box or something when he took his SAT or ACT test.....
I just give the phone to my 3 year old they hang up eventualy
DANG!!! Do you mean to tell me that I HAVEN'T won a digital satellite system???
mmmmmmm, thin mints.......