But probably not.
|I should NEVER be left alone!|
Years ago, when I worked for a major sweepstakes company, all
our outer envelopes had the hopeful statement: “YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER” and
I would think: probably not!
But people entered the sweepstakes because they were free
and even so, people thought that if you bought something, your chances of
winning were better. This of course is not so, since we used the mail, we had
to be very truthful.
Sometimes in the mailing there was a thing called: “FREE
GIFT!” Did anyone ever pay for a gift? No, of course not, but combine the words
‘FREE’ and ‘GIFT’ and you got a response.
The world has changed since those days, and now I get
telephone calls, all border on the deceiving and all offer nothing but some
hidden gimmick to get money and information from me. For instance:
Punjab: Hallo, is dis Geoseff?
Punjab: Hallo, Geoseff, how are you today?
Me: Glad you asked! I’ve got this trick knee that keeps
popping out of the joint, my cholesterol is sky high as is my blood pressure.
Punjab: (A long pause) OH! I’m sorry to hear dat Geoseff,
but I’m not a medical person.
Me: Then why did you ask?
Punjab: OK, I was just being polite. Would you like a Free
Punjab: You mean you don’t want a free offer?
Punjab: But why? It’s free.
Me: There NEVER was a Free Offer, only a fishing exposition
to get my money and information, something you want me to offer free.
Punjab: OK, have a nice day.
I used to hate these calls, then one day I got so many I
decided to just make their lives miserable too.
If I want, I sometimes use the above technique with an
alternate ending, telling them I will get Geoseff, I put down the phone and as
they wait for ‘Geoseff’, I wait until they hang up out of frustration!