True story written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Conscious Saturday for January 25th. This week’s prompt was: Last call. Talk about the enterprise (sales or service) conducted by the last phone call you received from a business you’re not associated with (i.e. your workplace), or talk about that phone conversation itself. Have fun!
The phone rang in the middle of the day. I checked the number on the digital screen and it was not a familiar one. It didn’t display the words “Private caller” though, which usually means a telemarketer is waiting on the other end, so I picked up.
“I am the Secretary of the Cabinet of Astrology,” came a melodic female voice in French in an accent I couldn’t quite identify. An image of an exotic-looking woman with a turban on her head sitting at a table and staring into a crystal ball came to mind. Stereotypical, I know, but that’s what came to mind. This was swiftly followed by the thought ‘Cabinet of Astrology’ – really? Such a thing exists?
The woman quickly went on with her pitch: I am calling to offer you a complementary consultation… ” and then, she actually yawned. I could hear it: a full intake of breath, followed by the exhale of a great, big yawn. Afterwards, she didn’t apologize – just started back where she had left off. I was already annoyed at being called at home in the middle of the day to be offered a service that was of no interest to me. But her lack of manners put me over the edge.
In no uncertain terms, I said, “Thank you but we are not interested.” Before I could finish, she interrupted in an aggressive tone, “Madame! Madame, wait for me to finish.” Again, I tried to do the polite thing by repeating “Thank you, but …” Again she interrupted me and that was it for me. I hung up.
Thirty seconds later, the phone rang again. A quick check of the number showed that it was her. The nerve of the woman! I didn’t answer and she did not, thankfully, leave a message. But I was curious, so I googled “Cabinet of Astrology” and what do you think I found? A web page with dozens of comments from people receiving harassing calls at all times of day, always from the same woman from the same number.
Well, as the saying goes, “I’ve got her number now,” and I won’t be answering any calls from it.