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I'd say 3 is pushing it a bit, unless the third is a semi sarcastic "helloooooooooooooo" followed by an elaborate tut and slamming the phone down.
At 4 it instantly becomes totally ludicrous and the perpetrator has no excuses whatever the circumstances.
sometimes my cheek switches me on mute by accident and it takes me a while for me to figure out what's happened
and you'd have less respect for me if I changed that now
"But I dialled 832654!"
"No you didn't you festering cunt hole"
from a very popular takeaway sushi place. After a couple of minutes of arguing with someone it's just easier to take their order.
It's closed down now. Coincidentally.
My old job was a company that had a very similar name to a mobile phone service provider - used to get calls from irate people all the time. Claims of "no we are a totally different company and have nothing whatever to do with your phone contract" just weren't good enough for most callers.
One of my colleagues got hold of their Head of Customer Services personal number somehow and just started giving that out.
our is the same number as a pub which is just across the dialling code boundary. So I'm endlessly (well maybe once a fortnight) telling people that they need to use a code if they want to get through to the pub. Some argue with me. I have yet to take a booking but maybe I should.
even if I can hear some activity at the other end, game over after that. They can try again when they are ready.
Can you hear me now?
it will now. thanks.
Almost every time he calls me on his mobile phone
are you there smee? smee?
Outside of work I just hang up.
if you keep going "hello?" there's always the risk that they might hear you and you'll have to actually talk to them. if you hang up then that's one call for your stats without you having to do any work, and it pushes you to the back of the queue for the next call (only works if there are no callers waiting)
And after the second hello I start saying it really quietly and then I hang up.
Don't think I could ever get away with it in this job but in my old job if no one was on the line we used to just put ourselves and mute and just go on the internet for a bit. I once managed nearly an hour. :D
i'm not on the phones much now but if someone forgot to hang up i used to keep them on mute while finishing logging the call. only if they were calling from a landline so it didn't cost them money though.*
*unless they were horrible