Having Fun with a Telemarketer
Date of Joke: Monday, 23rd July, 2007

Me: Hello.
AT&T: Hello, this is AT&T.

Me: Is this AT&T?
AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T.

Me: This is AT&T?
AT&T: Yes. This is AT&T.

Me: Is this AT&T?
AT&T: Yes! This is AT&T. May I speak to Mr. Salem please?

Me: May I ask who is calling?
AT&T: This is AT&T.

Me: Ok, hold on.
At this point, I put the phone down for a solid 2 or 3 minutes thinking that, surely, this person would have hung up the phone. I ate my salad. Much to my surprise, when I picked up the receiver, she was still waiting.

Me: Hello?
AT&T: Is this Mr. Salem?

Me: May I ask who is calling please?
AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T.

Me: Is this AT&T?
AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T.

Me: This is AT&T?
AT&T: Yes, is this Mr. Salem?

Me: Yes, is this AT&T?
AT&T: Yes, sir.

Me: The phone company?
AT&T: Yes, sir.

Me: I thought you said this was AT&T.
AT&T: Yes, sir, we are a phone company.

Me: I already have a phone.
AT&T: We aren't selling phones today, Mr. Salem.

Me: Well, whatever it is, I'm really not interested, but thanks for calling.

When you are not interested in something, I don't think you can express yourself any plainer than by saying "I'm really not interested," but this lady was persistent.

AT&T: Mr. Salem, we would like to offer you 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Now, I am sure she meant she was offering a "rate" of 10 cents a minute, but she at no time used the word "rate." I could clearly see that it was time to whip out the trusty old calculator and do a little ciphering.

Me: Now, that's 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day?
AT&T: (getting a little excited at this point by my interest) Yes, sir, that's right! 24 hours a day!

Me: Seven days a week?
AT&T: That's right.

Me: Three hundred and sixty-five days a year?
AT&T: Yes, sir.

Me: I am definitely interested in that! Wow!! That's amazing!!
AT&T: We think so!

Me: That's quite a sum of money!
AT&T: Yes, sir, it's amazing how it adds up.

Me: Ok, so will you send me checks weekly, monthly or just one big one at the end of the year for the full $52,560? If you send an annual check, can I get a cash advance?
AT&T: Excuse me?

Me: You know, the 10 cents a minute.
AT&T: What are you talking about?

Me: You said you'd give me 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. That comes to $144 per day, $1,008 per week and $52,560 per year. I'm just interested in knowing how you will be making the payment.
AT&T: Oh no, sir, I didn't mean we'd be paying you. You pay us 10 cents a minute.

Me: Wait a minute here! Didn't you say you'd give me 10 cents a minute? Are you sure this is AT&T?
AT&T: Well, yes, this is AT&T, sir, but...

Me: But nothing! How do you figure that by saying that you'll give me 10 cents a minute that I'll give you 10 cents a minute? Is this some kind of subliminal telemarketing scheme? I've read about things like this in the Enquirer, you know. Don't use your alien brainwashing techniques on me.
AT&T: No, sir, we are offering 10 cents a minute for...

Me: There you go again! Can I speak to a supervisor please?!?
AT&T: Sir, I don't think that is necessary.

Me: Sure! You say that now! What happens later?
AT&T: What?

Me: I insist on speaking to a supervisor!
AT&T: Yes, Mr. Salem. Please hold.

So, now AT&T has me on hold and my supper is getting cold. I begin to eat while I'm waiting for a supervisor. After a wait of a few minutes and while I have a mouth full of food...

Supervisor: Mr. Salem? Me: Yeth?

Supervisor: I understand you are not quite understanding our 10 cents a minute program.
Me: Id thish Ath Teeth & Teeth? (Is this AT&T)

Supervisor: Yes, sir, it sure is.

I had to swallow before I choked on my food. It was all I could do to suppress my laughter and I had to be careful not to produce a snort.

Me: No, actually I was just waiting for someone to get back to me so that I could sign up for the plan.
Supervisor: OK, no problem. I'll transfer you back to the person who was helping you.

Me: Thank you.

I was on hold once again and managed a few more mouthfuls. I needed to end this conversation. Suddenly, there was an aggravated but polite voice at the other end of the phone. AT&T: Hello, Mr. Salem. I understand that you are interested in signing up for our plan.

Me: Do you have that 'friends and family' thing, because you can never have enough friends and I'm an only child and I'd really like to have a little brother.

AT&T: (click)

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