January 10, 2006


I always hang up on callers that do not introduce themselves and call me “sir”. The quickest possible way you could empirically express that I am nothing to you but a few characters of text on a piece of paper is to call me sir.

Nobody calls me sir. Do I look like a Knight to you Mr. Telephone man? Does my voice bear a similarity to that of a Drill Seargent (SIR NO SIR)? Are you trying to date my teenage daughter? Holy Moses, I hope not.

In fact, I’d probably stay on the phone longer if I heard a string of curse words coming through the horn. I’d be confused, but I might say something like, “Jesse, is that you? You need a ride man?”.

Telemarketers should use this scheme, confusion buys time. They’d have to improvise a bit, but maybe when I offer a ride, they accept, and when I arrive at Mothers Tavern (a local bar) I find, instead of my inebriated friend, a man offering me a 3 day trip to Las Vegas for only $99!


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  1. that definitely would have made my job at the phonathon more interesting. i don’t think it would work well for phoning in general, though. my new employers would probably be upset if i started calling our customers and saying “hey fu*ker, this is daniel from [name of bank]. we got some sh*t we need to talk about.” although it could be fun to try on my last day there… we definitely have some customers i wouldn’t mind saying something like that to.

    Comment by Daniel — January 10, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

  2. That would probably work on me. Answering the phone to a stream of curses? I would be intrigued.

    Comment by Joel — January 10, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

  3. can i just express how much i hate telemarketers?! i hate them so much i changed my cell phone number…that’s right! thanks telemarketing, you ruined my life as i know it…

    if you need the number joel has it…i think this post might get leaked to them and they’ll start calling me again if i tell it to you here :-/

    Comment by nicole — January 11, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

  4. aaaaand….i have a mac desktop, why would i get a second one? :-) powermac pro ftw!!! and besides, joel and i can play in closer proximity with a laptop, duh! lol…


    Comment by nicole — January 11, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

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