Thursday, January 03, 2008
Just half an hour ago, I had a phone call from one of those irritating telemarketers. This is how it went.
Telemarketer (with a strong Indian accent): Hello. Can I speak to Mr I.Z please?
Me : Who is this speaking?
Telemarketer: Are your Mr I.Z?
Me (suspecting he is a telemarketer): Who are you?
Telemarketer: I'm looking for Mr I.Z. Are you Mr I.Z?
Me: I'm I.Z Reloaded (nearly wanna laugh). What is this about?
Telemarketer: So you Mr I.Z? Mr I.Z, I want to ask you if you are looking to sell or buy properties.
Me (fark! property telemarketer!): What? Sell or buy properties? How you know?!
Telemarketer: Sir, I have you on my database of people looking to buy or sell properties.
Me: What is a database?
Telemarketer: Sorry sir?
Me: What do you mean by database?
Telemarketer: Database sir, we have a list of people's names and phone numbers.
Me: Wow. How much did you buy that database for?
Telemarketer: (went silent for a few seconds) Mr I.Z, are you looking to buy or sell a property?
Me: Hmmm. Not currently but are you looking to buy or sell one yourself? I can recommend you to a good property agent. (ok. now I'm starting to crack up)
Telemarketer: No no sir. I mean I'm asking you if you want to buy or sell your property.
Telemarketer: Oh. Are you interested in buying property in India, sir?
Me: Huh? India?! Why India?
Telemarketer: I'm from an international property company sir.
Me: Got Batam?
Telemarketer: Batam? No sir. We only have India.
Me: But I thought you said you are from an international property company. How can you not sell property in Batam?
Telemarketer (I can sense he is frustrated now): Mr I.Z, I'm sorry we do not have any Batam now.
Me: Have you been to Batam? Have you seen what a good place it is to do property there? Let me talk to your boss. He must sell Batam.
Telemarketer: (went silent again for a few seconds) Mr I.Z, I'm really sorry. So you do not want to buy India property?
Me: I want Batam. You call me again when you have Batam ok.
Telemarker: Ok dokie. Thank you Mr I.Z. Good bye.
I could have gone for another half an hour with him but too bad, lunch is waiting.
(Photo above by Flickr user babaghan)
Posted by I.Z. Reloaded at 3:04 PM
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