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For 2 1/2 years I got calls for Arlene on my cell asking for her so they could try to sell her diabetic testing supplies. And until six months ago, I would scream and curse at them (ok, it was fun and thereaputic, but clearly ineffective). So tonight at work, I got another one of those calls, at work and gave what is now my standard response:

Them: Hello, may I speak to Arlene?

Me: She's not here, but I can give you the number where she may be reached.

Them: Ok sir.

Me:Ok, the number where she is now is XXX-XXX-XXXX. I guarantee that she's there, I was just there this morning talking to her but she wasn't talking.

Them: Ok sir.

Me: No please, update your records because thats where she is now, I know, I go to see her every morning to talk. She never has anything to say.

Me: Did you update your records? I want you to have the most up to date information, I know how important this is.

Them: Yes sir. 

Me: Good! And when you call that number, don't let them tell you she's not there because I know she is, I go there to talk to her every morning. I was just there today 1st thing in the morning but she didn't say a word. Don't let them tell you any different.

Them: Ok sir. Thank you.

Me: A pleasure.

Them: Good bye sir.

Me: Have a good day.

Them: Thank you.

Me: You're welcome.

I would love to see the look on his face when he calls the number and the cemetery where she is buried answers the phone.

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Comment by SweetMelissa2007 on October 14, 2017 at 5:09am

Its been 10 years since Bob was killed in a company vehicle - I still receive at least two reminder calls a year for a medical check-up/drug test & to register for a recertification training class plus several pieces of mail for honorary dinner invitations, a yearly fleet vehicle registration reminder and a new car insurance card from his former employer ...

Every year I tell the same employee Bob is dead, fleet records indicate the vehicle was a total loss, he apologizes & says he will make a note of both ...

The following year I repeat the same process ...

About 4 years ago, I finally began to find the corporation's ineptness amusing ...

I also call to decline dinner invitations ...

Comment by Callie2 on October 13, 2017 at 4:11pm
Good one, Don! However, don't count on them giving up, some continue no matter what. I hope it stops for you!
Comment by vintage56(barb) on October 13, 2017 at 3:49am

I love it Don!!

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