You get what you pay for.

Yesterday. 3pm

Phone rings. I pick up. “Hello?”

TM (Indian accent, female, immediately): “Hello sir, I would like to take 40 seconds of your time for a quick survey on holiday preferences.”

Me: “Certainly. Are you offering payment for doing the survey?”

TM: “Hello sir, I would like to take 40 seconds of your time for a quick survey on holiday preferences.”

Me: “I’ll take that as a “no”, shall I? OK, ask away.”

TM: ” Thankyouverymuchsir. Can you tell me when you took your last holiday?”

Me: “Hmmm, let me think. That would be in 1928”.

TM: “So it was some time ago, sir?”

Me: “So it would seem.”

TM: “And if you were to go on a holday, what would be your preferred destination?”

Me: “Afghanistan sounds nice. I’d like to go see Osama”

TM: “Where is this place, sir?”

Me: “Afghanistan. It’s a country. Not far from you, I think.”

TM: “Thankyousir. And who would you like to take with you your wife or girfriend for example?”

Me: “Sadly, I’m not currently attached and have no-one to take. But your voice sounds nice. What’s your name?”

TM: “So you are single, sir?”

Me: “For now, yes. Can I have your phone number?”

TM: “Thankyousir” (hangs up)

Some people have no sense of humour. But, they certainly are polite.

But not legal.

By law in Australia these days, a telemarketer is required to provide their name, the name of their organisation and contact numbers on request.  They must also have calling number display enabled.   This is supposedly binding on overseas call centres operating on behalf of Australian companies too.

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3 Responses to “You get what you pay for.”


  1. 1 kate r October 12, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    you mean telemarketers have to follow rules without you calling a “no-call” list? now that’s Progress.

    It took a lot to shake that one off. 1928 should have been enough. (“That last vacation was a voyage on the Nile with Hercule Poirot. Or was it on the Orient Express? So long ago…”)

  2. 2 microsoar October 14, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Hi Kate.
    Yeah, we do have a no-call list now in Oz. To be eligible for it, you have to be a private citizen (businesses don’t qualify), and charities and the government can still call you. My private number’s on the no-call list, but my business one isn’t. I quite welcome the distraction, mostly. I put the caller on speakerphone so I can keep working, and have a bit of fun. With call waiting, I can cut them off if a customer calls 🙂

    The telemarketer code of conduct applies whether you’re on the no-call list or not.

  3. 3 sxKitten October 14, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    See, now I would have given you my number after that exchange – intelligent snark = sexy.

    Of course, I’m far too smart to be a telemarketer, but still …


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