Saturday, October 23, 2010


This pet peeve doesn’t rise to the level the WTF entries over on Women On awhile back. It’s just really, really, really irritating. Anybody else out there getting tired of unasked for phone calls that feature one or all of the following.

A caller who can’t speak English.

A caller who has a barely understandable accent.

A phone connection that sounds like someone put a microphone next to a bowl of rice crispies and put a pillow between them.

Or on a really bad day; all three of the above. I had a call like that this morning.

I think the caller’s name was Jason, or something like that. He repeated it three times and I never did get it. The accent wasn’t too bad, so maybe his name really was Jason or something like that. I believe he was asking me to participate in a survey of some kind sponsored by a company whose name I never got. However, after the above three tries about one word in five was making it out of the rice crispy bowl and past the pillow. At that point it was “hey, I can’t hear you, I can’t understand you, and I think you need a better phone set up. Good by.”

Well, there’s two minutes of my life I’ll never get back.

It’s what seems to be the attitude behind calls like this that mystifies me. Somebody is paying for this. They’re paying the people making the calls, they’re paying for the equipment; but, these calls are so far from “just good enough” they’re in the next state.


sunflowerkat321 said...

I'm annoyed when the phone rings for any type of solicitation. And it does...two or three times a day minimum. I'm on the "do not call" list but I still get lots of calls from charities, surveys, and politicians. Yeah...I can't stand the types of calls your describe but you know what I think is even worse? ROBOCALLS!!

JACKIE said...

Then there's the robo call that doesn't go through. You just hear the Thppppppb!

Lisa :-] said...

Here's a thing: Somehow or other, with the Comcast telephone connection, when I get "robocalls"--the ones that are a recording calling you--if I hang up, the phone rings again, it's the same recording still playing. Seems I can't hang up on mechanical pests... :P