We can all understand what a hard job telemarketers have, and how they must harden themselves at a personal level to withstand being told to, er, do something connected with sex and travel up to 100 times per day.
But no matter how much they need the job and should be pitied, there comes a time when a little mischief on our part won’t hurt them – and will provide us with some very welcome relief from the ludicrous telephone conversations we can have with these people…
Try these telemarketer stumpers when they call
Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leo, playing a joke. “Come on, Leo, cut it out! Seriously, Leo, how’s your mother?”
If they start out with, “How are you today?” say, “I’m so glad you asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems. My arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died . . . ”
If they say they’re John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located, how long it has been in business, how many people work there, how they got into this line of work if they are married, how many kids they have, etc. Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their company for as long as necessary.
This works great if you are male. Telemarketer: “Hi, my name is Judy and I’m with XYZ Company. ” You: Wait for a second and with a real husky voice ask, “What are you wearing?” Cry out in surprise, “Judy? Is that you? Oh my God! Judy, how have you been?” Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of terror as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.
Say “No” over and over. Be sure to vary the sound of each one, and keep a rhythmic tempo, even as they are trying to speak. This is most fun if you can do it until they hang up.
If the company cleans rugs, respond: “Can you get out blood? Can you get out goat blood? How about human blood?”
After the Telemarketer gives his or her spiel, ask him or her to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you can’t just give your credit card number to a complete stranger.
Tell the Telemarketer that you work for the same company, and they can’t sell to employees.
Answer the phone. As soon as you realize it is a Telemarketer, set the receiver down, scream, “Oh my God!” and then hang up.
Tell the Telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask him/her if he/she will give you his/her home phone number so you can call him/her back. When the Telemarketer explains that telemarketers cannot give out their home numbers say, “I guess you don’t want anyone bothering you at home, right?” The Telemarketer will agree and you say, “Me either!” Hang up.
Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times.
Tell them it is dinner time, but ask if they would please hold. Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your leisure. Smack your food loudly and continue with your dinner conversation.
Tell the Telemarketer you are on “home incarceration” and ask if they could bring you some beer.
Ask them to email the information to you, and make up an address.
Tell the Telemarketer, “Okay, I’ll listen to you. But I should probably tell you, I’m not wearing any clothes.”
If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.
Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up . . . louder . . . louder . . .
Tell them to talk very slowly, because you want to write every word down.
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