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Fun with Telemarketers…

Phone rang again at 10:05 with the second “Out of Area” call of the morning. I was feeling wild and brave, so I answered it.

Him: May I speak to Mr. Selleck?
Me: Who? (I wanted to make sure he said “Mr.”)
Him: Mr. Selleck?
Me: May I ask who is calling?
Him: Earl Brown from the telephone company.
Me: What telephone company?
Him: Is this his wife?
Me: (Ignoring him) What telephone company?
Him: (More insistant) Is this his wife?
Me: No, there is no Mr. Selleck here.
Him: Oh, I’m sorry. There is no need for this phone call.
Him: If there is no Mr. Selleck, I don’t need to call.
Me: WHAT? Because I am a WOMAN, you don’t need to talk to me? Because there is no Mr. Selleck, I don’t matter?!
Him: (baffled) Are you Mrs. Selleck?
Me: No. I am MS. Selleck. I said there is no Mr. Selleck.
Him: Oh… I’m sorry!
Me: As I said, what telephone company are you with?

He went on to tell me that he was with MCI, and they can save me money on my phone bill since I don’t normally use my phone for long distance. Fortunately, right about that time Mike called – here to pick us up so we can head to the Island. I ditched Earl, giggling over my whole chance to rant at him over the Mr. Selleck thing!

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

18 replies on “Fun with Telemarketers…”

Wow, that’s, wow. “No need for this phone call” — wow. That makes all those “is this the woman of the house” people actually seem polite.

Though I must say I take advantage of the non-married thing everytime someone asks if this is “Mrs. Frohme.” I always say there is no Mrs. Frohme and they either ask if I’m his daughter, which I go with and then deny being over 18, or they hang up.

I keep expecting someone to say, “Doesn’t he have a mother?”

I think, “she died 2 weeks ago” should work to silence that retort. 😉


I don’t get that. If there’s no Mr. Selleck he doesn’t need to talk to you, the owner of the house and the person who pays the phone bill?!?!

Not for nothing, but this could make a new episode of the twilight zone.

Ohh, that would have ticked me right off! There is a Mr. here, but he works all darn day long, I take care of that stuff… if they don’t have time to talk to me, they can GFthemselves! 😛 At least Mike called and you were able to giggle. 🙂

Do you plan to complain to MCI? Your post would make an amusing complaint letter, and I suspect that charges of gender discrimination, et cetera, would would cause MCI to at least bat an eye.

Ive had that happen too.. they want to speak to him, only when I tell them he isnt home they say
“Can I speak to your mother?”

That kills me.. and I always say “Sure she lives in Louisiana, want the number?”
Guess I sound like a little kid or Mickey mouse maybe?

The magic words are, “Please put me on your do not call list.” The telemarketers get very polite and end the call very quickly.

See you could have fun screaming “Don’t you realize Mr. Selleck is a very busy man and he can’t take time out of his acting to talk to people like you about stupid phone service.” 😉

ya know … I work for a marketing company that has yr name & address which we sell for junk mail and telemarketing. I’ll check and see if we have yr name right in our lists.

LMAO!!!!!! MCI telemarketers are not my favorite people… at least the ones I have had the displeasure of dealing with. They are rude, pushy, just plain rotten. I literally threatened the life of the last one that called me a few years ago and have never been called back since. LOL!

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