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March 2002 Page 22
I worked as a telemarketer to earn a little money before fall quarter started for nursing school. A friend was a manager there and got the temporary position for me. (FYI: It was charity calls for those who hate them.) Anyhow, I had been working there for a couple of months. There is a dialogue on the monitor in front of you to read from while talking with people and the computer dials the number for you, so you have no say in who you call. I cannot remember the last name of the folks I called, so I'll just use the name Smith.
Anyhow, the phone is ringing and a man answers the phone. I ask to speak to Mr. or Mrs. Smith please. The man says (very nicely), "It depends on what you want." So I went into my spew of mailers for donations for the particular charity we were doing that day, spew being the number of letters they would have to send and what to do with any money they should get back. I asked if I was speaking to Mr. Smith. He answered with a chuckle, "Yes. And just how much in postage would I have to pay? I'm on Social Security, and my wife and I have to watch our money pretty close." I think it was like $3.40 in postage as they must have lived in a small area.
As I was explaining the amount of money and options to mailing, a woman says, "Hello." I said, "Excuse me, I was talking to Mr. Smith." The woman said, "Miss, I'm sorry, Mr. Smith has been gone for three years now. He passed away."
I asked, "Is there someone else there I could have been talking to?" She said, "No, honey. I'm here by myself. Can I help you with something?"
By her voice, I swear I believe she was being sincere. Stunned, I said, "No, thank you, ma'am. You have a nice day."
When the call was disconnected, I looked at the girl sitting beside of me. She said, "Terrie, are you okay?" I guess my face was pale and I had a vacant stare on my face. I went out to break right then, and proceeded to tell my friend, who was also the manager of the floor. She went in and called the main office and asked them to pull my operator number calls for the day. I told her the name and the next day she called, concerned someone may have been in the house with the woman and she didn't know and she sounded elderly to me. The answering machine came on and sure enough, she sounded like an elderly woman to my boss. Shelly left the number to our office and ask that the woman call back and reverse the charges. The woman called back a few hours later and just said she was fine. She recalled the phone conversation and thought maybe I was a prankster.
Wow, I got the creeps writing this. It was REAL!
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