Friday, June 30, 2017

Who Ya Gonna Call? EAR Busters!

I'm pretty sure I am single-handedly perpetuating  telephone scam opportunists. Not purposely, of course. I don't answer just so I can have fun and SCREAM into the phone, "THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY COMPUTER!" when those heavily-accented folks call to warn me about a problem with my Windows Computer.

No, I answer because I don't know the number, and I have two sons a couple hundred miles away at college. Just in case. I wouldn't want to be call-screening if there was an emergency.

Tuesday, somebody called to offer me a payment plan for my student loans. Well, I'll be ding-dang-donged! Ain't they just the nicest folks! Wanting to help me lower my debt, and they don't even know me. Out of the goodness of their hearts, I assume. It takes a village and several foreign countries to help Mrs. Hillbilly Mom pay her bills, I guess.

That selfless angel scratchy recording of an accented voice was so nice such a waste of my time that I didn't have the heart see the point of mentioning that I have never had any student loans. So I hung up halfway (or less) through the spiel.

Wednesday, an actual person called to offer the #1 Son help on paying down HIS student loans.

"He's not here. What? He has NEVER HAD A STUDENT LOAN, SO YOU CAN CALL SOMEBODY ELSE AND WASTE THEIR TIME!"

I know. It's counter-productive, really. Since now they know it's a working phone number. But I HAD to answer. And it felt pretty good to give them that little bit of information.


3 comments:

Sioux Roslawski said...

OR you could have put them on speaker phone (so you could get something else done while talking) and you could have kept them on the line for a while, before revealing that your son doesn't have a student loan.

That way, you wasted their time for a while...

fishducky said...

You could tell them you're interested & could they please hold on while you hang up the other line & then go out & get a 44 ounce Diet Coke!!

Hillbilly Mom said...

Sioux,
How in the Not-Heaven am I going to figure out how to use SPEAKER PHONE without The Pony here to explain it? If only I was as adept at technology as YOU, Madam, I could have forwarded that call to you. Unless you were busy sitting on other people's chihuahuas.

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fishducky,
THAT I could do! But first, I would put the TV on one of Farmer H's car restoration shows for them to listen to while I was gone.