I was checking my email this morning when the phone rang. I have a phone here in the computer room so I picked it up. There was a lady on the other end who sounded like a tele-marketer, only there was no “click” before she started talking and no sounds of other people in the background. What’s weird is that this is what she said:
Lady – Hello, I’m sorry to bother you, but I’m calling long distance and I’m trying to reach a friend, can you tell me if this is *insert Matt’s address*
Matt – Kind of, it’s the address for a whole complex of buildings.
Lady – Oh I see, well, her name is __________ and she’s in apartment ###, is that near you?
Matt – no
Lady – Could you possible get to that building from yours?
Matt – no
Lady – (obviously not hearing me) …Could you possibly take a message and leave it on her door for me?
Matt – I doubt it. There’s a main office here, try them, they could help you
Lady – Oh, whats the number?
Matt – I have no idea, it’s in the book.
Lady – (very tele-marketer-ish) Thanks *click*.
I don’t know what kind of information this lady was trying to pass on. Maybe she was trying to get information from ME. I don’t know. Either way I didn’t give her anything. Not my number, not my apartment number, nothing. She already knew the address, so she can look up the number to the office with that. “Can you go put a note on her door?” Fuck no. I’m not your lackey. And if you didn’t sound so incredibly sketchy on the phone MAYBE, after hearing the message, I would have considered helping you. But you acted weird, so you get nothing.
I probably over reacted, she was probably just someones friend, trying to reconnect after years and years… but there’s so many sketchy tele-marketing schemes out there that I just don’t feel like dealing with them. If you call my house and you’re selling ANYTHING, save yourself the call. If you call and ask for someone thats not me, I instantly loose interest and hang-up. If you call and it’s a recorded message, oh sweet jebus, you’d better believe that I’m going to wait until the message is over and I get connected to a real person so I can chew them out. AT&T has stopped calling because I’ve harassed those morons so much in the past. I hate telemarketers with a passion. If it’s you job to call people, find a different job, because after we tackle spam, you people are next. You’re all my enemy and you’re going down.