Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No, I don't miss you at all!

Do you notice that once you've stepped into the working world, you start getting calls from insurance companies, finance companies, fitness centers and so on? Wonder where they get your contact number? Your wonderful colleagues of course. I'm sure they (colleagues) mean no harm, but don't they have the courtesy to ask first before handing out your private info around freely? I, for one thing don't disclose any of my friends' or colleagues' contacts to any of these companies. Even if they insist on it.

I've handled a few pesky callers myself before and i do try not to be rude. They are doing their job after all. Once, i got a phone call from a certain bank where my credit card is from. The conversation went something like this:

Caller: Good morning, this is (insert name here), calling from X bank. You are Miss L, correct? You are using our credit card...bla bla bla.
Me: Yes
Caller: I'm calling you today to talk about this special package we want to share with you. We are offering you an interest free loan of RMXXXX amount....bla bla bla.... Are you interested with our loan?
Me: I'm not interested.
Caller: But it's an it's an interest free loan of RMXXXX for XX years.
Me: I don't need the money.
Caller: Are you sure? It's an interest free loan. You don't need to pay a single cent extra.
Me: *Annoyed* But I don't need the money!
Caller: Er...*nervous giggle*. Ok, thank you for your time. Have a nice day.
Me: Bye!

What i really wanted to say was, 'Well now, why don't you GIVE me the money with no repayment needed? I would happily accept'. Got... to.. stop... dreaming.

Other phone conversations are with fitness centers. I know a few people who always get calls from them, pressuring them to join by giving them a free weeks trial or deduct their joining fee and etc. Usually, the way to deter the caller is by telling them you have joined their rival. Works most of the time. I used to be a member of a well-known gym. In the first place, i joined because my company get a special rate and part of the monthly fee is subsidies. After i moved in to my new home, i have a gym where i can go for free. So i stopped my membership with the gym. I thought that would be last i hear of them. But alas, it was not meant to be.

Caller: Hie there Miss L, we missed you at (insert name of fitness center). Did you get the sms and email we sent you.
Me: Yes, i did.
Caller: Would you like to rejoin us again? We will waive the joining fee, so..bla bla bla bla..
Me: No, i'm not interested
Caller: Why not? Bla bla bla...
Me: I already have a gym where i stay.
Caller: Oh, you already have gym.....*some effort to make small talk*
Me: *Polite laugh* Yes.
Caller: Well then, sorry for taking your time. Goodbye.
Me: Bye!

Conclusion, they haunt you even after you terminate your membership. And yes, i don't miss them at all!

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