Friday, September 21, 2007

Don't get me.

The phone rings at my parent's house, I can see from the caller ID that it is some type of telemarketer.

"Hello." I answer.

The guy on the other end says, "Yes. Hello. Is Barbara available?"

"I am sorry sir." I said. "But Barbara is married and has been for over forty years. So no she is not available and I do not think my dad would appreciate you calling here trying to hit on her like that."

Crickets on the other end.

22 comments:

cat said...

First!

And heh. I love your quick, dry wit. So, SO much.

If I were a telemarketer, I'd tell all my telemarketing colleagues to call you, just to see what you'd come up with! You know, add some spice to our day!

Then again, if I were a gainfully employed telemarketer, I'd probably have to kill myself, so...

Patience said...

Oooh! I'm so gonna steal that one for the next telemarketer!!

Circus Kelli said...

Bwahahahaha! That's FUNNY!

What would you have said if the telemarketer asked if Barbara was there?

Sharfa said...

That was awesome!

Bet it was a first for that telemarketer!

Michelle said...

When my brother-in-law was a teenager, he answered the phone & it was a telemarketer looking for his mom. His reply was "she doing 20 years in prison, call back then!" His dad, brother (my husband) & his mom (not locked up) were all sitting in the living room & cracked up laughing as they heard this.

Now I have 2 answers for the telemarketers (in addition to the threat that I'm on the Do Not Call list). Good story!

Oh, The Joys said...

Was he a marketer of etchings?

Moi said...

So funny. If they ask if Barbara is there, feel free to say yes and hang up, as you have answered their question.

charlotta-love said...

Ahhhahaha. Love it. I'm going to start using that. I'm surprised we haven't thought of that at my house. We are very literal. For instance, if a guy calls for my sister and she doesn't want to talk to him, she just "steps into the living room" and I tell the guy, "I'm sorry, she just stepped out." It IS the truth...

mrtl said...

you funny

Above Average Joe said...

I just hand the phone to my 2 yr old.

sari said...

Well, I'm personally a fan of the crickets. That's good comedy, there.

eclectic said...

"No, but she will be in about 6 minutes. Hold please." And then set the phone down, still connected, and walk away.

Carmi said...
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Carmi said...

I'm impressed that they had the first name! We usually get "Is Mrs. So-and-So home?" Inevitably, they botch my family name, which is always my first tipoff.

I love your response. To be a fly on the wall in the telemarketer boiler room at that very moment!

Your blog is wonderful, btw. I can't stop smiling.

Chris H said...

Ha bloody ha..... you obviously are quick off the mark!

Sorting Through The Pieces said...

Funny!

"Yes, may I please speak to Mr. -" CLICK! That's my approach. Next time I'll try to have a little fun with them.

kalki said...

Why didn't I think of that?

No_Newz said...

Now that is how you handle a salesman!

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Guilty Secret said...

Ha ha ha ha ha brilliant and funny... I like it here!

Melinda Zook said...

That's hilarious. My hubby loves to play with telemarketers too. He actually looks forward to it. Usually he acts like he can't hear them and asks them to repeat themselves. He'll say bad connection and keep asking them to repeat. They usually get so frustrated they hang up on him.

MP said...

OMG that is hilarious...I'll have to try that next time I'm at my parents house.