(I am the receptionist for a church. If we get sales calls, I am supposed to tell the salesperson that whoever they wish to speak with is unavailable and offer to transfer them to voicemail. This day our minister had already left for the day.)
Me: (answers phone) [church], how may I help you?
Salesperson: Hey, how are you?
Me: I’m fine, sir, thank you for asking.
Salesperson: Wednesday’s like the third Monday, right? Listen, I represent [sales company] and I need to talk to your minister if I could please.
Me: I’m sorry, he’s not in his office. Would you like to go to his voicemail?
Salesperson: Don’t give me that. I know that trick. Let me speak to him.
Me: Sir, I’m sorry, but he’s already left for the day.
Salesperson: NO HE HASN’T, LET ME TALK TO THE MINISTER.
Me: All I can do is transfer you to his voicemail, sir. He should get your message tomorrow.
(at this point the salesperson begins yelling into the phone, so when I can finally get a word in I interrupt)
Me: Fine, if you’ll let me, I’ll transfer your call.
Salesperson: See, was that so hard?
(I hung up on him.)