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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
10 cents a minute...
I was at home the other night in the middle of my dinner when the
phone rang.
ME: Hello.
AT&T: Hello, this is AT&T ...
ME: Is this AT&T.?
AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T ....
ME: This is AT&T.?
AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T .
ME: Is this AT&T.?
AT&T: Yes! This is AT&T, may I speak to Mr. Byron, please.?
ME: May I ask who is calling.?
AT&T: This is AT&T.
ME: OK, hold on.
At this point I put the phone down for a solid 5 minutes thinking
that, surely, this person would have hung up the phone. I ate my salad. Much to my surprise, when I picked up the receiver, they were still waiting.

ME: Hello.?
AT&T: Is this Mr. Byron.?
ME: May I ask who is calling, please.?
AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T ...
ME: This is AT&T.?
AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T ...
ME: The phone company.?
AT&T: Yes, sir.
ME: I thought you said this was AT&T.
AT&T: Yes, sir, we are a phone company.
ME: I already have a phone.
AT&T: We aren't selling phones today, Mr. Byron. We would like to
offer you 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
ME: Now, that's 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day?
AT&T: (getting a little excited at this point by my interest) Yes,
sir, that's right! 24 hours a day!
ME: 7 days a week.?
AT&T: That's right.
ME: 365 days a year.?
AT&T: Yes, sir.
ME: I am definitely interested in that! Wow!!! That's amazing!
AT&T: We think so!
ME: That's quite a sum of money!
AT&T: Yes, sir, it's amazing how it adds up.
ME: OK, so will you send me checks weekly, monthly or just one big
one at the end of the year for the full $52,560; and if you send an annual check, can I get a cash advance.?
AT&T: Excuse me.?
ME: You know, the 10 cents a minute.
AT&T: What are you talking about.?
ME: You said you'd give me 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, 365 days a year. That comes to $144 per day, $1008 per week and $52,560 per year. I'm just interested in knowing how you will be making payment.

AT&T: Oh, no, sir. I didn't mean we'd be paying you. You pay us 10
cents a minute.
ME: Wait a minute, how do you figure that by saying that you'll give
me 10 cents a minute, that I'll give YOU 10 cents a minute? Is this some kind of subliminal telemarketing scheme? I've read about things like this in the Enquirer, you know.

AT&T: No, sir, we are offering 10 cents a minute for ...
ME: THERE YOU GO AGAIN! Can I speak to a supervisor please?
AT&T: Sir, I don't think that is necessary.
ME: I insist on speaking to a supervisor.
AT&T: Yes, Mr. Byron. Please hold.
At this point, I begin trying to finish my dinner.
ME: Yeth.?
SUPERVISOR: I understand you are not quite understanding our 10
cents a minute program.
ME: Is This A T &T.?
SUPERVISOR: Yes, sir, it sure is.
ME: (I had to swallow before I choked on my food. It was all I could
do to suppress my laughter and I had to be careful not to produce a
snort.) No actually, I was just waiting for someone to get back to me so that I could sign up for the plan.
SUPERVISOR: OK, no problem, I'll transfer you back to the person who
was helping you.
ME: Thank you.
I was on hold once again and managed a few more mouthfuls. I need to
end this conversation. Suddenly, there was an aggravated but polite
voice at the other end of the phone.
AT&T: Hello, Mr. Byron, I understand that you are interested in
signing up for our plan.?
ME: No, but I was wondering -- do you have that "Friends and Family"
thing because I'm an only child and I'd really like to have a little
AT&T: Click.

Discussion Starter · #2 ·
ROTFLMAO!!! I'd love to do that... wonder how long they'd really stay on the line! It's kinda like the junk mail thing... since they're pre-paying return postage, you send them back some junk mail. You know, send the credit card companies free pizza coupons... Why not? Then they'll know how good it feels to get such "spectacular opportunities" in the mail! :D
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