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Tom Mabe’s revenge on telemarketers

Since moving to Switzerland, we have gotten our share of telemarketers.

I get out of it easily enough since I can pretend I don’t understand or speak French. But, it is still annoying to run to answer the phone only to be greeted by a telemarketer.

The first time I listened to this recording of Tom Mabe talking with a telemarketer, I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. While it is not really politically correct, the situation the telemarketer is put into is funny.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un_PjRXV5l8]

Here is a link to the Tom Mabe website.

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  • Cathy Y. March 6, 2008, 8:17 pm

    Too bad they don’t have a “National Do Not Call” registry like they instituted here in the U.S. a few years ago. Things got a LOT quieter around here after we signed up for it.

  • Pumpkin March 7, 2008, 6:59 am

    Cathy, I believe that there is a system put in place here. I need to find it today because we are getting calls every other day and sometimes twice a day. In the US, we were on the registry. It made a huge difference.

  • SwissGuy March 7, 2008, 12:18 pm

    Well, I’m on that list, but these darn telemarketers call me all the time anyway and pretend they “don’t see” my name on that list. I allways get very rude with these guys and have even contemplated suing them for not respecting me being on the list.

    But this thing here (I too had tears from laughing so hard) gives me a whole bunch of new ideas! I think I actually need to write a blog entry on it myself (you’ll get credited of course).

    Hehe (what is the emoticon for mischieveous grinning again?)…

  • Pumpkin March 7, 2008, 1:52 pm

    SwissGuy, I have no idea how to make those emoticons but I could “see” your mischieveous grin as I read your words! :)

    In the States, you can complain and the company gets a $10,000.00 fine the first time. If I were you I would start writing down their names…make sure you ask them so they know you are taking note…date, time of call and company…then, ask them nicely not to call again and if they do you are going to take the next step…whatever that may be in Switzerland.

    If you do a recording like the one above I will admire you forever! I could never do it without busting out laughing. :)

  • SwissGuy March 7, 2008, 2:11 pm

    Here’s were you can stop it (for Switzerland):

    http://www.sdv-asmd.ch/index.php?TPL=10144

    The problem is though that there are no such fines here…

  • Pumpkin March 7, 2008, 2:43 pm

    SwissGuy, Thanks for the link. That is too bad about the fines because money is the only thing that companies listen to.

  • Louis la Vache March 8, 2008, 5:10 am

    Hilarious! Louis la Vache sent his mailing list the link to this post!

  • Pumpkin March 8, 2008, 6:42 am

    Louis la Vache, I just watched it again and still laughed all the way through it!

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