conversation with at&t

  1. Conversation with AT&T

    I was at home the other night in the middle
    of my dinner when the phone rang.

    ME: Hello.

    AT&T: Hello, this is AT&T ...

    ME: Is this AT&T?

    AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T ....

    ME: This is AT&T.

    AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T ....

    ME: Is this AT&T.

    AT&T: Yes! This is AT&T, may I speak to Mr. Byron, please.

    ME: May I ask who is calling.

    AT&T: This is AT&T.

    ME: Ok, hold on.

    At this point I put the phone down for a solid 5 minutes thinking that,
    surely, this person would have hung up the phone. I ate my salad.
    Much to my surprise, when I picked up the receiver, they were still waiting.

    ME: Hello.

    AT&T: Is this Mr. Byron.

    ME: May I ask who is calling, please.

    AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T ...

    ME: This is AT&T.

    AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T ...

    ME: The phone company.

    AT&T: Yes, sir.

    ME: I thought you said this was AT&T.

    AT&T: Yes, sir, we are a phone company.

    ME: I already have a phone.

    AT&T: We aren't selling phones today, Mr. Byron. We would like to offer you
    10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    ME: Now, that's 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day?

    AT&T: (getting a little excited at this point by my interest) Yes, sir,
    that's right! 24 hours a day!

    ME: 7 days a week.?

    AT&T: That's right.

    ME: 365 days a year.?

    AT&T: Yes, sir.

    ME: I am definitely interested in that! Wow!!! That's amazing!

    AT&T: We think so!

    ME: That's quite a sum of money!

    AT&T: Yes, sir, it's amazing how it adds up.

    ME: Ok, so will you send me checks weekly, monthly or just one big one at
    the end of the year for the full $52,560; and if you send an annual check,
    can I get a cash advance.

    AT&T: Excuse me.

    ME: You know, the 10 cents a minute.

    AT&T: What are you talking about.

    ME: You said you'd give me 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
    365 days a year. That comes to $144 per day, $1008 per week and $52,560 per
    I'm just interested in knowing how you will be making payment.

    AT&T: Oh, no, sir. I didn't mean we'd be paying you. You pay us 10 cents a

    ME: Wait a minute, how do you figure that by saying that you'll give me 10
    cents a minute, that I'll give YOU 10 cents a minute? Is this some kind of
    subliminal telemarketing scheme? I've read about things like this in the
    Enquirer, you know.

    AT&T: No, sir, we are offering 10 cents a minute for ...

    ME: THERE YOU GO AGAIN! Can I speak to a supervisor please?

    AT&T: Sir, I don't think that is necessary.

    ME: I insist on speaking to a supervisor.

    AT&T: Yes, Mr. Byron. Please hold.

    At this point, I begin trying to finish my dinner.

    SUPERVISOR: Mr. Byron.

    ME: Yeth?

    SUPERVISOR: I understand you are not quite understanding our 10 cents a
    minute program.

    ME: Is This A T & T.?

    SUPERVISOR: Yes, sir, it sure is.

    ME: (I had to swallow before I choked on my food. It was all I could do to
    suppress my laughter and I had to be careful not to produce a snort.) No,
    actually, I was just waiting for someone to get back to me so that I could
    sign up for the plan.

    SUPERVISOR: Ok, no problem, I'll transfer you back to the person who was
    helping you.

    ME: Thank you.

    I was on hold once again and managed a few more mouthfuls. I need to end
    this conversation. Suddenly, there was an aggravated but polite voice at the
    other end of the phone.

    AT&T: Hello, Mr. Byron, I understand that you are interested in signing up
    for our plan.

    ME: No, but I was wondering - do you have that "Friends and Family" thing
    because I'm an only child and I'd really like to have a little brother...

    AT&T: click........
  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Sable's mom

    or as Heather would say BWAAA HAAA HAAA!!!

    I love it.
  4. by   NurseShell
    :roll :roll :roll
    I think I may print this out for use next time they call me!!!!!

    Putting the phone down usually works!! LOVE IT!!!
  5. by   hapeewendy
    reminds me of the time I was called by this EXTREMELY pushy telemarkerter, she was doing a survey on the products that we buy in our home etc etc, a really simple survey, or so she thought
    she called 2 times and I said no thank you i dont have time to do the survey so on the 3rd night she called I got really annoyed so I said okay I'll take the damn survey....

    and took the survey I did...
    ok maa'm just answer in brief which household products you use
    okay *I* can do that...
    "what brand of toothpaste do you use"
    "I dont use any toothpaste, I Only have 3 teeth"
    "erm okay ma'aam , what kind of toilet paper do you use?"
    "we have an outhouse in the woods, so I just use the leaves, its more environmentally friendly this way"
    "ma'am are you serious?"
    "yes , why"
    "well uhh i dont know"
    "look I am highly offended, I agreed to take your survey and now youre insulting me! I want to speak to your supervisor, now!"
    wanna bet the call log read something along the lines of
    "attempted call 3 times, number out of service"
  6. by   RNonsense
    omg that is too funny!!!
  7. by   BadBird
    Pure Genius!
  8. by   Mkue
    I love it !!!
  9. by   cmggriff
    Tiger you are my Hero. That was awesome. Gary
  10. by   emily_mom
    You guys rock! Sometimes I'm brave enough to tell them to take me off their list. Usually I tell them we're not home or they have the wrong number. Things have gotten better since WI instituted the 'no call' list that you could sign up for. Now, the only ones that can bug you are those you have accounts with (and those can be the worst) or non-profit people.

  11. by   Little One2
    Oh tiger, that was just too funny.

    It reminds me when someone called me for this company ( i dont remember what they were selling). Usually, before the conversation gets started I say no thank you. After I said no thank you, the lady keeps talking. I say it again. She keeps talking, insisting I would enjoy it. I stopped her - I said - I just told you I'm not interested, I said no three times, don't you listen to what people say to you. Then I said I'm going to hang up and apologized for being rude. And hung up.
  12. by   Little One2
    Another group of telemarketers that call all the time are the ones for newspapers.

    I tell them no thank you right away. They insist they have a wonderful deal. The newspaper is free every sunday for a month. Then you have to pay so much money after.

    When I decline the offer, they want to know why I don't what the paper. I think to myself - these guys are pushy, it is none of their business why I don't the paper.

    I like what tiger, left the phone off the hook at continued eating dinner. I should try that with the newspaper telemarketers.
  13. by   aimeee
    When my kids were toddlers they would always want to talk on the phone when they saw me on it. One day I was very busy in the kitchen trying to get dinner on when a telemarketer called. I was annoyed at the interruption and my toddler was yelling "me talk" so I said handed the phone to him. He was overjoyed to listen to the pitch and responded to the telemarketer with heavy breathing and drool. :chuckle
  14. by   emily_mom
    I was in the shower once and my daughter answered the phone. They asked for me and Em said that I was in the shower and so they asked for Jim. She said, "He's not here and don't call back no more...." and slammed the phone down. Gotta love those four-year-olds