Intrusive phone calls from companies trying to sell something are my bane. I don’t know, there’s just something about answering your phone to an unknown number, expecting to make a new friend, and then get some tele-salesman. A telemarketer, if you will. Well, one man was fed up with the incessant calls and decided give the guy on the other end of the phone a bit of a hard time.
As he was sitting down to dinner, the phone rang. He’d been waiting for this moment all day. The initial part of the phone call involved him parroting the name of the company repeatedly: “Is this AT&T?” “This is AT&T?” And then: “Can I ask who is calling?” The man then asked the telemarketer to hold, and he proceeded to eat his salad, leaving the caller hanging for a good five minutes.
To his utter surprise the telemarketer hadn’t yet hung up the phone, so he happily upped his game. This time, when the caller mentioned that he was calling to offer 10 cents a minute for seven days a week, all year, the man pretended to misunderstand, believing that AT&T was offering to pay him this amount which added up to more than $52,000 a year.
The two men argued for several moments before our hero asked to speak with the telemarketer’s supervisor, and then asking to speak to another salesman. He told the second salesman he was an only child and was thus hoping to could acquire a brother maybe even sister and some parents if he was lucky by purchasing AT&T’s family plan. This seemed to infuriate the salesman, who apparently didn’t enjoy worthless telephone conversations, and hung up. Bravo, my good man. Bravo, indeed.