Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
ffutures

Now I feel EVIL!

I've signed up with the telephone preference service and am not supposed to receive sales calls, but that doesn't stop an occasional company with an overseas call centre from ringing me. So I just had a phone call from someone trying to sell me "financial services," e.g. a way to get in debt if I'm not already. Since I don't actually WANT any debts my usual instinct is to slam down the phone. But tonight I thought I'd try something different.

A while ago someone posted a link to a script for derailing a sales pitch. I thought I'd give it a try, but had to improvise since I couldn't find the script. The conversation went something like this:

Caller (With an Indian accent, after a couple of seconds pause that made me realise what was coming): Hello, I'm Nick, I'm calling from (unintelligible) Financial Services. Can I speak to Mister or Mrs. Rowland

Me: I'm sorry, could you say that again, I didn't quite catch that.

Caller: Hello, I'm calling from (still unintelligible) Financial Services. Can I speak to Mister or Mrs. Rowland.

Me: Speaking.

Caller: I am calling about home owner financial plans

Me: That's interesting. Is it a good company to work for?

Caller: I'm sorry, would you say that again please?

Me: (Slowly and VERY loudly) ARE THEY GOOD PEOPLE TO WORK FOR?

Caller: Oh, they are very good. We are offering financial packages for home owners.

Me: How do you get into that line of work?

Caller: [something unintelligible]

Me: Is the pay good?

Caller: [Something unintelligible. Line goes dead then busy office noise, repeated a couple of times.]

Me: Hello? Hello?

Caller: No response.

I hang up...

Sooner or later I really must get a small electronics module to play hold music for these bozos...

Later: I've FOUND THE SCRIPT
http://www.xs4all.nl/~egbg/counterscript.html
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