This post was originally published on Oct. 27, 2010.
Just a wild guess, but I doubt this phone call was recorded for quality assurance.
I answer the phone, “Hello.”
A woman answers me and explains that she is doing a fire safety survey. “This is not a sales call.”
“Do you have a fire alarm or smoke detector in your home?”
“Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?”
“No” Hmm… Maybe we should buy one of those!
“Do you own your home?”
“In case of an emergency, which of the following is the biggest concern for you: fire in the home, break-in, medical emergency, all of the above or none of the above?”
My general philosophy with telemarketer calls is to tell them that I have no fears of bad things happening in my home. It works really well with people trying to sell me home security systems. You simply can’t sell an alarm system to someone who isn’t afraid of a break in. It doesn’t work. So I answer, “None of the above.”
She seemed confused and repeated the question.
“None of the above.” I’m getting irritated now because I received this exact phone call last week. It was at this point in the call last week that things went really down hill. Grace had woken up from her nap and was crying. I told the gentlemen this and said I needed to go, but he wouldn’t let me off the phone. I ended up hanging up on him. I was trying to be more patient this time around, but things weren’t looking good.
“And to confirm your name, am I speaking with Rebekah [Maiden Name].”
“This is not Rebekah [Maiden Name]?”
“You’re name is Anne?”
“What?” Did I mention the thick accent she has?
*rolling my eyes* “No, my name is Rebekah.”
“Oh ok. You have a very nice name. Thank you.”
“What company are you calling from?” I don’t even remember what she answered. However, she did rush through telling me that by answering her survey I was being entered in some kind of drawing. So much for this being a simple safety survey! This must be how they get you on some list to try to sell you something in the future or to send you junk mail.
“Wait. I don’t want to be entered into any drawing.”
Moment of silence
“And please remove my name & number from your calling list.”
More silence. In fact there is so much silence that I wonder what has happened to my telemarketing buddy. Just as I was about to say, “Hello?” I hear this…
Was she talking to me?!?! Maybe she was talking to someone in the room with her…
“You don’t EVER say ‘take my name off of list’!”
*jaw drop* “Excuse me??”
“I will call again! I will call you EVERY DAY!!” *CLICK*
Did that really just happen??? What do I say if she calls again? Oh, life can be so strange sometimes…
UPDATE: She never did call again, but her call certainly rattled me. I was a bit nervous to answer the phone for a few days after this incident.
Telemarketer calls can certainly be annoying, but have you ever experienced anything crazy like being threatened by a telemarketer?