The Dangers Of Scold Calling

| Working | March 28, 2013

(My parents are on a long trip and have been away for four weeks. I am in their home to water the plants and take care of their mail.)

Me: “Hello (my name). You have come to [my parents’ name].”

Telemarketer: “Is this [my mother’s name]?”

Me: “No, it’s her daughter.”

Telemarketer: “This is a phone offer, so I would like to talk to [my mother’s name].”

Me: “My mother is not home, and I’m pretty sure she is not interested in your offer.”

Telemarketer: “Well, I talked to her a while ago.”

(I know my mother, and she usually scolds phone salesmen when they call.)

Me: “When did you talk to her?”

Telemarketer: “…At the beginning of last week.”

Me: “Strange…”

Telemarketer: “She seemed interested.”

Me: “My parents have been away for four weeks. So it seems unlikely that you spoke to my mother last week.”

Telemarketer: *hangs up*

(He called back a week later when my parents were home again. My mother scolded him!)

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