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Old 22.03.2011, 14:12
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Weird phone call

I just received a really strange phone call. I answered "hello" and the guy on the other side said my name and then said something in German. I get by on German but battle when someone speaks really fast. I replied "bitte?" and he said "achhh, auslander, tschuess".

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Old 22.03.2011, 14:14
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Re: Weird phone call

Wouldn't worry. He was probably trying to get your vote or recruit you for the next UDC meeting/initiative.
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Old 22.03.2011, 14:15
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I just received a really strange phone call. I answered "hello" and the guy on the other side said my name and then said something in German. I get by on German but battle when someone speaks really fast. I replied "bitte?" and he said "achhh, auslander, tschuess".

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That's brilliant. It means they might take you off their call list.

Sounds like a win-win to me!
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Old 22.03.2011, 14:36
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Re: Weird phone call

Relax, I have to deal with "is your dad home?" at least once a week...used to pish me off, now I try to keep the conversation going, to squeeze some free French practice
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Old 22.03.2011, 14:52
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Re: Weird phone call

Normally I invent some suitable excuse and hang up, but sometimes they annoy me so much that I bombard them with stupid questions so they give up and hang up. Cablecom are the worst. All the scripts are rehearsed so the challenge is to steer the conversation in a direction that's not scripted and that's where the fun starts.

Another nice one is to say in a hazy and distant voice "I can see your future, I can see .. I can see ... you are in great danger ..."
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Old 22.03.2011, 14:53
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*quickly puts the phone down*

Erm, sorry. What were you saying?
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Old 22.03.2011, 15:50
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I just received a really strange phone call. I answered "hello" and the guy on the other side said my name and then said something in German. I get by on German but battle when someone speaks really fast. I replied "bitte?" and he said "achhh, auslander, tschuess".

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Could be worse - could be someone from a 'financial planning' company...
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Old 22.03.2011, 15:51
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was the caller panting?
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Re: Weird phone call

My strategy in case of unsolicited phonecalls: "Haben Sie ein Moment bitte?" and put phone next to hook
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Old 22.03.2011, 17:59
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I just received a really strange phone call. I answered "hello" and the guy on the other side said my name and then said something in German. I get by on German but battle when someone speaks really fast. I replied "bitte?" and he said "achhh, auslander, tschuess".

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my conclusion: your name does not sound "ausländer" enough.
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Old 22.03.2011, 18:07
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Re: Weird phone call

Happens to me as well. I always think if it is important they will call again or try to be clear enough.
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Old 22.03.2011, 18:12
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Re: Weird phone call

There is a list that you can add your name to so that you don't get catalogs, junk mail and direct marketing calls: http://www.sdv-asmd.ch/index.php?TPL=10144

Given that consumer protection is a bit behind in Switzerland, this list offers no guarantees - it is based on an honor code of sorts - but it is better than nothing and its free.
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Old 22.03.2011, 18:28
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Re: Weird phone call

Ha, you are annoyed that you got rejected by some marketing call?

You need to get out more .
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Old 22.03.2011, 20:20
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Re: Weird phone call

There is another one going around about something similar to netflix (they send yopu dvds per mail and you return them per mail)

but it was to spendy. I let the girl finish and at the end said ill think about it. she was sooooooo dissappointed i felt sorry
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Old 23.03.2011, 18:22
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Re: Weird phone call

Sometimes I try to drive their costs up, by keeping them long on the line, sometimes, I just tell them to go to hell.
The last one told me her company name, and I interrupted her and said I was not interested, and she hastily said "But you dont even know what I call for", and I answered, "Yes I do. You called me to inform me, you remove me from your customer database", and I hung up :-)

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