Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I guess many of you know I love Beans!! Thankfully the kids do too...eating and creating Art with them!!!
Surfingfree was talking about Telemarketers the other day and it seems since then I have been getting lots of calls. Usually I firmly and politely say No thankyou and hang up. Now I have been on the other end of the phone as a telemarketer in Canada, selling subscriptions to the Toronto Star Newspaper in my backpacking days. I only worked 9-5 so didn't annoy people in the evening however woke a few people up who told me not too politely where I should go!!!!
Last night around 7pm the phone rang and I thought it would be Marcel so answered it in a very cheerful "Hello Michelle speaking" which is how I always answer the phone anyway though I could have been sounding a little too sexy because I thought it was my husband who I haven't seen for over two weeks!! The guy on the other end took this to mean he and I were going to be firm friends possibly more, "Hi Michelle, how are you going this evening? I bet it is a lot colder down there in Canberra compared to up here in Brisbane." Maybe in my single days I would have chatted away quite happily to this guy about lovely Brisbane and all...BUT it was 7pm and I was on my own trying to get 3 not very willing children organised for bed!!! He then launched directly in to his speech about how I could save lots of money on my phone bill. ".....and how does that sound Michelle?" I laughed...it was all I could do and then said "You know what I just don't give a s**t how much my phone bill is, I am so busy at the moment!" I think he was quite shocked that I should talk like this in the initial stages of our 'friendship'. "Oh, so you don't give a s**t about the savings you could make?" Now I wasn't sounding 'sexy' anymore!! "No I don't! Now you have a good evening!" and hung up!
I have had others who hear the noise in the background and say "Oh it sounds busy at your place....i just want to talk to you about.." or "those kids are having fun!" when all they are doing is running around the house naked and not doing what I say!
Why can't Telemarketers be taught what many households are doing between 5-8 and have some compassion and say something like "OK I will call you in a few years when you might have more time. I hope you get the kids to bed early and you can have a relaxing evening".