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“You Can’t Talk to Me Like that, Stupid Bitch”


. . . she said, and hung up on me.

I really hate telemarketers, and I hate them most of all when they call around six, when I start making dinner. They intrude. Most of the time, I just ignore the calls, let the machine screen them. This one had a location where one of our banks is, and I answered.

“I would like to speak with (Intlxpatr)” the caller said.

“To whom am I speaking?” I responded.

“Jennifer.” She told me, and went on to tell me that my warrantee on my car was running out and I could renew it now, through her.

“Jennifer, we sold that car two years ago!” I said, at which point she said “You can’t talk to me like that, you stupid bitch!” and hung up on me.

I laughed, which I often do when caught by surprise.

My houseguest, who had heard the whole thing because I was busy with meal prep and had it on speaker-phone, was aghast.

“What are you going to do?” she asked.

I had the number. I know who she is with. I knew I could report her.

I didn’t.

Who aspires to be a telemarketer? Who, as a small child, says “I want to grow up to make phone calls to people who don’t want to talk to me and who will treat me rudely?”

I figure Jennifer has talked to a rude person or two or ten. I imagine Jennifer doesn’t have a lot of options, and telemarketing is what she has to do to earn a living. My guess is that Jennifer has some difficulties with judgement and self-discipline. I don’t think I need to add any more to her plate; she sounds like she has had enough.

April 24, 2015 - Posted by | Character, Civility, Communication, Customer Service, Friends & Friendship, Language, Pensacola, Random Musings


  1. Agreed…..Still, it’s rude to be insulted by a telemarketer.

    Comment by Snapshotsincursive | April 24, 2015 | Reply

    • It’s rude to be insulted by anybody! I guess I felt that she was having a bad day and she probably really needs the job. She is likely to shoot herself in the foot without my help.

      Comment by intlxpatr | April 24, 2015 | Reply

      • So true. (What a charming expression. lol)

        Comment by Snapshotsincursive | April 24, 2015

  2. You don’t suppose now, Jennifer was from New York City, do ya? In which case such behavior is par for the course, I guess 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Je Suis Humain | April 25, 2015 | Reply

    • LOL, no, she was phoning from San Antonio, TX!

      Comment by intlxpatr | April 27, 2015 | Reply

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