Monday, February 21, 2005

Taking it one step further

Here follows a follow-up to my previous post. This happened today morning:

Phone rings at work, I pick up.
Me: Vignesh here.
Womans voice, all with fake accent and all: Hello sir, we are calling from Blah Blah Bank about the blah blah.
Me: Ahh, I see.
She: Blah, blah, blah...
Me: What did you say your name was ?
She: Lavanya from Blah Blah Bank.
Me: Lavanya, you have a very nice voice. Could I please have your phone number ? I mean, your personal number, not your work number.
Lavanya: Ummm....
Me: See, I'm new to Bangalore and I would love to get to know the city, with someone as nice as you. I would love to take you out for dinner, so could I please have your number ?
L: Ummm... I don't think we are allowed to do that.
Me: Right, you wouldn't want random people like me, calling to make random offers that you aren't interested in right ?
L: Exactly.
Me: Ahhh....
L: Ummm... thank you sir.

I know, I'm going straight to hell.


At February 21, 2005 2:47 AM, Blogger Angel said...

this deserves a "hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm"
Whatever happened to the 'moderation' aspect, DUDE?

At February 21, 2005 3:56 AM, Blogger Vignesh said...

In case you didn't realise, that was done with the specific aspect of having a bit of fun with the lady who called and making sure she never calls again with any more offers.

Not, as you thought, with the intentions that needed moderation !!

At February 21, 2005 9:00 AM, Blogger Sagnik Nandy said...

excellent way to deal :) reminds me of this episode of Seinfeld where a telemarketer says, "would you like to buy some X?" and he says "yes" and keeps down the phone.

At February 21, 2005 9:11 AM, Blogger Vignesh said...

Damn dude, I would appreciate it if you don't waltz in here and bare my un-orginality for the world to see !!!

Yes, this idea was a blatant rip off Seinfeld - this was the Seinfeld episode:

Seinfeld (to telemarketer): I can't talk right now. Why don't you give me your home number, and I'll call you back later.

Telemarketer: I'm afraid we can't do that.

Seinfeld: Oh, I guess you don't want people calling you and bugging you at home.

Telemarketer: Right.

Seinfeld: Well now you know how I feel.


At February 21, 2005 10:37 AM, Blogger Swaroop C H said...

LOL :))
Good one.

Reminds me of the zimbabao joke as well :

- Swaroop

At February 21, 2005 7:55 PM, Blogger Debalina said...

****Wonders what if the lady gives her number...*****

At February 21, 2005 9:53 PM, Blogger Vignesh said...

S: HAHHAAHAHH !! That was hilarious ! I need to try that sometime !

D: Damn, you have seen right through my lame attempt to meet women. You are too wise ;)

At February 21, 2005 10:32 PM, Blogger lazybones said...

LOL...good one!!!

At February 22, 2005 5:00 AM, Blogger Kumari said...

Hmm...reminds of the time when i used to sell useless credit cards to people who never wanted them and damn! all i ever got was a married Pakistani in USA asking me how Madhuri Dixit was faring! *Sigh*

** Epilogue: Since my Hindi made his entire family ROFL, he did offer to sponz my study there:) Long Live Pakis and their love for Telemarketeers!

At February 22, 2005 11:25 AM, Anonymous ashesh said...

Hi Vignesh,

I felt real sad reading the manner in which a learned person behaves with a telemarketeer. After all she was only doing her job for a living... It may not be out of choice she is doing this. It could be only support her family.

Hope you will never do this again.


At February 22, 2005 9:51 PM, Blogger Vignesh said...

Ashesh: Ah, I was waiting for this one.

Your argument, is like saying, lets all stop blocking spam. Because, after all, the spammer is only doing his job. I don't believe in condoning an activity, just because at that point in time pity takes over (poor spammer, he is only making his living). I completely understand that she was just doing her job. I wasn't rude to her, she was laughing when she kept the phone down on me. I beleive she found the situation as funny as I did. Some people I know are extremely rude on the phone to telemarketers. I don't believe I was.

Now, if consider what will happen when such cases are reported more and more often - I beleive most, if not all, calls are monitored and recorded. This has already resulted in the Do Not Call Registry in the US. Don't you think, that this needs to be done here too ? I see what I did as a gentle, somewhat light hearted way of reminding these people (not the lady who called, rather the person she works for) that this cannot go on. I know I will be losing out on some offers, but hey, I think I can live without house loans for a while.

No promises about not doing this again, though the same joke again will be a poor blog entry. Will try to come up with something better (funnier) next time. Thanks for the comment, though !!

At February 23, 2005 10:17 AM, Anonymous Ashesh said...

Hi Vignesh,

Thats a nice argument, and it is good to know a that she took it lightly. But if it were to be a frustrated woman with lots of problems, then I think the situation could have been different.

Whatever the situation, I suggest that you don't try out such practical jokes.

Fianlly, its your wish and will!

At February 25, 2005 8:40 PM, Blogger L*J said...

Anyway, I once bugged a telemarketer for 45 min, yes I told him that since he wasted 10 min of my time, I was gonna continue the conversation to how ever longer I wished, he said OK....
Bad answer!!
[evil grin] :)


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