A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

  • #1

    I received a call from a company selling emergency insurance. Their rep explained that if I had a gas leak, they would come out and fix it - however long it took. 'But I don't have gas', I said.

    'What if I had a problem in the sewer pipes between my house and the main road', he asked. 'Wasn't that something to worry about?' 'My house isn't connected to the main sewers', I told him.

    'That's a very unusual house', he commented, somewhat sceptically.

    'Not really', I said. 'I live in the UK'.

    'Ah, you live in THE UK.'

    He thanked me for my time and rang off.

  • #2

    I would have played really stupid, like whats a house, whats a sewer

  • #3

    First we sell you fear -- that's free, actually.

    Then we sell you your peace of mind back for a nominal fee.

  • #4

    In the U.S. we have a national "no-call" list. If you are on the list they can't call and try to sell you things. When they do call I just ask, "Why are you calling me? I'm on the no-call list." They will disconnect without so much as a word and you won't hear from them again.

    Prior to the creation of the no-call law; whenever they would call I would answer and when they started with the pitch I would just set the phone down on the table and go on about my business.

  • #5
    wormrose wrote:

    In the U.S. we have a national "no-call" list. If you are on the list they can't call and try to sell you things. When they do call I just ask, "Why are you calling me? I'm on the no-call list." They will disconnect without so much as a word and you won't hear from them again.

    Prior to the creation of the no-call law; whenever they would call I would answer and when they started with the pitch I would just set the phone down on the table and go on about my business.


    I've only just realised that mobile numbers can be added to our no call list!

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  • #7

    We have three 'Do Not Post Junk' schemes - but they are designed to be ineffective.

  • #8

    B-u-m-p

  • #9
    wormrose wrote: B-u-m-p

    ... though not as ineffective as the ones on chess.com! Smile

  • #10

    Stimulating . I have my phone set so that it automatically rejects "unknown" callers and the few that get through are fobbed off with a story about "my distrust of the banking system " and the fact that i don't have a current account . Works every time.

    Also most marketing companies operate a "3 No rule " if you say "No" 3 times they terminate the call .

    Have fun.

  • #11

    My favorite was always the lawn care company that called me every year to offer their services to maintain my lawn .... at a time when I lived in a third floor apartment.

  • #12

    you could have an artifical lawn on your balcony. Wink

  • #13
    kco wrote:

    you could have an artifical lawn on your balcony.

    We have that now. It's expensive.

  • #14
    Conflagration_Planet wrote:
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    I wonder why my comment was deleted. I don't even remember what it was now.

     
     
     
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    Conflagration_Planet wrote:
    Conflagration_Planet wrote:
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    I wonder why my comment was deleted. I don't even remember what it was now.

     
     
    Perhaps you wrote ["Comment Deleted]" in order to be mysterious? If so, it worked.
  • #16

    Long time no see artfizz.

  • #17

    Too busy answering unsolicited called about PPI-misselling and free boilers to blog.

  • #18

    yo artfizz - many moons - no bump

  • #19
    artfizz wrote:
    Conflagration_Planet wrote:
    Conflagration_Planet wrote:
    [COMMENT DELETED]

    I wonder why my comment was deleted. I don't even remember what it was now.

     
     
    Perhaps you wrote ["Comment Deleted]" in order to be mysterious? If so, it worked.

    ?

     
     
     
  • #20

    Dangerously back on topic ...

    3 years ago, mobile numbers couldn't be added to the "No Call" List: now they can.

    Isn't chess.com wonderful!

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