Grrrrr!

I hate dealing with sales people in big companies.  Hate it.  Hate it.  HATE IT!

I’ve been navigating through a shitty little automated telephone system for the last ten minutes.  Press 1 for business calls, press 2 for residential service, press 3 to have red hot needles shoved slowly into your eyeballs, press 4 to listen to really bad music until your ears bleed.  Ten minutes of my life that I will never get back.

It’s a simple enough query: We have a home worker who we want to make sales calls for us.  If they were a BT customer they could prefix their calls and the business would be billed for the calls.  They are a Virgin customer though.  All I want to know is if they offer this service.

UPDATE 1

I got connected to a very nice Indian gentleman who I think is called Glaplutttteaaa.  He may be Klingon rather than Indian, it’s hard to tell given the quality of the phone line.  He’s very polite and is using my name at the end of every sentence.  I don’t suppose Klingons would be all that polite.

I’ve explained what I need and he has very helpfully repeated it back to me.  Sadly he’s repeated it back to me wrong.  Twice.

Sigh.

UPDATE 2

I’ve finally made Glaplutttteaaa understand.  Or perhaps I’ve finally explained myself clearly enough.  Who knows?  I’m being put through to someone else.  Maybe I’ll get a Vulcan this time or a Romulan.

UPDATE 3

Glaplutttteaaa put me through to Tony.  I don’t think that Tony is a very Romulan name.  It sounds like the name of an Earthling.  I’m confused though because the line is so faint and crackly that I must be talking to someone at the other end of the galaxy.

Having got my postcode (why?) he now tells me that they don’t offer this service.  Well.  I’m obviously pleased to know this and won’t waste any more time with them.

UPDATE 4

The chief executive has just phoned me.  Literally minutes after my conversation with Glaplutttteaaa and Tony of the Klingon Empire.  Apparently the sales person has a spare phone line and will use that to make calls with.

I’m having one of those days when I feel like I’ve been transported to an alternate universe where I’m an unwitting actor in a very bad sitcom.  I can almost hear the canned laughter.  Where is the remote control?

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Grrrrr!

  1. Dom

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  2. Jason

    The Tribbles ate the Remote Control!

  3. Dom

    I’m sorry, I didn’t recognise that. Please choose from the following options. For an insightful, well thought out comment say ‘thoughtful’. If you require a comment with humerous or satirical content say ‘funny’. If you require a comment written in pidgeon english with many acronyms, misspellings, and leet speak say ‘leet’. If you require a spam, or junk comment say ’spam’. For all other options please hold.

  4. I’ve just had a similar scenario with HSBC! To the point where when I didn’t enter a number I didn’t have it said, as Dom has so politely commented “I’m sorry, I didn’t recognise that” … Aaaargh!

  5. Dom

    You’ve come through to our sales line, unfortunately you need a different department. Would you like me to give you the number?

  6. I have a really funny piece of audio that we use to demonstrate how not to use an auto attendant system. I shall dig it out and try to work out how to stick it on my blog or some other piece of webspace that I have.

  7. mylozmom

    HA HA HA HA! You have me in stitches here! This has got to be the BEST depiction of a shitty customer service call EVER!!! I LOVE IT!! Thanks for sharing and sorry to hear that you now have lost 10 minutes of your life to this.

    *grabs gut in laughter*

  8. edfromct

    Hover you and Dom make a great comedy team. That’s was very funny, unfortunately also accurate.

    When my computer crashed I spent three hours dealing with someone in India trying to get it fix. I don’t know if I was talking to a Klingon or a Romulan. I clearly did not speak their language. After trying one more solution I called back and got someone else. That person had me up and running in 15 minutes. Maybe the second guy was Capt. Kirk.

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