Thursday, February 12, 2009

How to handle telemarketing calls: let your four-year-old talk



I am still so floored by the outpouring of comments on yesterday's post. Thanks again, all.

The following ROTFL incident happened last night, thought I'd share.

The phone rings; I notice it's a call from some random bank. Even though we put our name on the National Do Not Call Registry, we still sometimes have telemarketers hounding us. Sabrina is near the phone and picks it up. I figure, if someone's contacting us at 7:45 p.m., let them talk with her. This is what I hear:

"HELLLLLLOOOOO?"

"WHO IS THIS?!"

"WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHAT? WHAAAAAT?????"

"WHAT IS A BANK?"

"NO."

"I CAN'T HEEEEEEEEEAAR YOU!"

"MY MOMMY IS IN HER PAJAMAS AND WE'RE READING BOOKS."

"DO YOU LIKE PRINCESS ARIEL? SHE'S MY FAVORITE."

"BYE!"

From now on, Sabrina's handling all the telemarketing calls we get.

19 comments:

  1. Sheer brilliance.

    Can you send her to my house?

    ~Jess

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  2. That's cool! My son will not say anything in the telephone, perhaps that could be a tactic as well. Just blank "------" enhanced by breathing noises.

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  3. "Duffles Tavern, Duffy speaking.. How many cases would you like?..." - a family thing... LOL My aunt had me saying that on the phone when I was like 5! LOL :-)

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  4. One of the funniest stories I have heard in a very long time. I was actually on the phone with Ellen before she wrote this post and she told me the story and I was laughing about it all night.
    Telemarketers of the world - beware of smart, adorable 4 year olds!!!

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  5. That is too cute! My husband loves talking to telemarketers...because he is in sales...so he critiques their sales techniques (very annoying). Anyway, I was so inspired by yesterday's post that I tagged it in a post of my own today...that should drive some more traffic your way.

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  6. I think I'm going to start doing that in my house. My 2 year old will talk their ears off....if nothing else, I could put the phone down and they can listen to all the screaming and crying in the house and figure out we're too busy. Wait, that might get the cops called on us....

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  7. Haha!! That is hysterical!!!!!

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  8. Tell the little wonder to tell the person on the phone "My mommy says to tell you that she's not here!"

    What a hoot!!!!!

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  9. I love it. I will use this forever and ever. You're brilliant!

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  10. Awesome! My uncle tells them to hold on and then walks off and leaves the phone on the counter off the hook. Who knows how long they actually wait.

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  11. This is awesome! Is Sabrina for hire? Too funny!

    So, I've pretty much been a stalker until now. I just love your blog and that's why I've passed over a bloggy award.

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  12. I can't take the credit, this was Sabrina's idea. I'll send her your compliments.

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  13. Keri, what are you doing up at this late hour, young lady? Oh, wait, maybe it's not 1:05 a.m. where you are. Thanks for the blog love!

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  14. That is my Sabrina!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Hehehe. We used to deliberately give the phone to Little Guy to let him handle it. "What's your name? What did you have for breakfast?"

    By the time he got to "are you wearing socks?" they had usually hung up. ;-)

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Thanks for sharing!