May 23rd, 2007

stupid solicitors

Do they even count as service? I was actually thinking about telemarketers due to the previous post, but I suddenly remembered some door-to-door people that came by my house last week, right as Heroes was coming on. (Way to automatically get on my bad side.)

I opened the door and two women were standing their, with their backs to me, talking to each other in low voices. They didn't appear to have noticed I'd even opened the door, so I said, "Hello?" They explained they do something with lawns, and they wanted to put some sort of sign in my yard to advertise themselves. I immediately said 'no' and they started some sort of rebuttal. I repeated that I'm not interested.

So, they asked for my husband. (Anybody who has checked my user info may have noted what a major feminist I am as it is. This is a mistake on their part.) I suppose it probably wasn't that they assumed he must be the decision maker in our household (I frelling hope), but just that if I said no, maybe they'd have better luck trying my other family members. Which is SO not okay. If I say no, you do not get to go and just ask other people. Ugh. So, I told them that he isn't available, and that we're watching a show right now, and I shut the door in their faces.
joss hates

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I don't really mind cold calls, marketing calls, whatever you want to call them, they don't bother me that much. Well, except for that one time I got called seventeen times in five hours by one company, but that was a one-off (thankfully. They weren't even calling for me, the person they wanted was away, and I told the very first caller that they wouldn't be home until two days later).

But today the phone rang and when I answered it, a recorded voice said 'this is a marketing call from American Life that has failed to connect. If you wish to speak to a representative, please dial..."

I didn't want to speak to a representative in the first place, they called me!

If you're going to call me, then at least have someone on the other end of the phone or who will pick the phone up after a few seconds (this has happened before...I presume because lots of people don't answer or it's automatic or whatever)!
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First an update on the issue with Tribute (DON'T EVER GET A CREDIT CARD THROUGH THEM, BTW)...

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Now onto another instance of bad service I experienced just a couple days ago at Safeway.

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On the good side, I got a $50 gift card for Safeway out of this. Which is good, considering how expensive groceries are these days. Just goes to show that sometimes being calm, cool, collected, and polite will get you farther than being a bitch. On the other hand, being a pain in the ass *points to her first story* sometimes gets you what you want too.