I’m working at home. You are, too, right? Get any telemarketer calls?
The other day, 720 513 8184 called me. It showed as a Denver number. I didn’t recognize it. But, because DH was out and about, I answered it.
There was that pause with the hum of background activity on the line. The telltale sign of a telemarketer. Then the caller came on speaking so quickly, I couldn’t understand. So I mimicked him with my own nonsense noises, “Bluhbluhdee bluh bluh.” My proudest, most mature moment? Nope.
Another pause. Then I heard, sort of in the background, but not really,
“You are an asshole.”
In my mind, I have this picture of a call center, with the telemarketers dialing away. Maybe some of them are buddies with the guy in the cubicle next to them. They joke around. They call each other assholes. Just like at my workplace.
It made me smile to catch this private moment between two telemarketing buddies. But just to check, I asked my conversation partner,
Did you just call me an asshole?
He said, very clearly this time, and very clearly speaking to me,
Yes. Because you are acting like an asshole.
I was…shocked, but also kind of impressed. I consider myself blunt and not afraid to say the things that need to be said. But 720 513 8184 was taking it to a new level.
Incredulous, I asked, “Do you work for a telemarketing company?”
He asked me, “Do you work for an asshole company?”
He’s doubling down! I happily admitted defeat in the contest of “biggest asshole on the line.” Click. Block.
I am laughing Jim actually talks to these people. I so enjoyed yesterday morning your son and his friend are incredible young men!
OMG LK! Hah! What a story. Hope this dude didn’t mess up your day! Love your blog posts always!
LJ – that is hilarious!
OMG that made me laugh! Can’t believe it! thanks for the humor. I hope that phone number that you published gets some negative feedback after this!
Christina, Rach, Jen,
Oh yes, it was very funny, even at the time, but especially in writing about it.
Because 720 513 8184 is the title of the post, hopefully the post will show for searches on the number, once the Google spiders get around to crawling my page.
When I hung up the phone, I did that search. There are some sites where you can report negative news about phone numbers. 720 513 8184 had 11 bad reviews. But none of them were my specific type of bad! So I figured I needed to write a full report!
You. Are. Awesome.