Are some people really this dumb?

Submitted by Cecil on 4/1/05 at 7:40 AM. ( )

I was out of town on business yesterday and after I got back I had 9 messages on the answering machine. One apparent fish customer and his wife called three times and never left an actual message, but I could hear them arguing in the background about when he wanted to come by, if she would be passing through the area, etc. etc. I even heard profanity and they had no clue they were being recorded. I have no idea who it was but they really sounded like a pair of hicks.

Jeeze, this is the 21st century and they don't know how answering machines work?

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I think you answered your own question Cecil...

This response submitted by marty on 4/1/05 at 9:20 AM. ( )

...Just remember which state you reside in - lol!

Yes I know Marty

This response submitted by Cecil on 4/1/05 at 10:09 AM. ( )

It's one of those "Red" states. LOL

We may finally be getting Daylight Savings Time this year. It was just too progressive of an idea in the past. LOL


This response submitted by Alex on 4/1/05 at 12:02 PM. ( )

I get that all the time, so I decided to really go all out and progressed and got Caller ID, $6.00 a month , I know it is big expense for you cecil but you might make it up when you get more fish in every week,LOL

It's not available to me Alex last time I checked

This response submitted by Cecil on 4/1/05 at 12:33 PM. ( )

My phone company is a small town phone company that is also my server. Last time I checked -- no call ID available.

i've got caller i.d. on my home phone...

This response submitted by marty on 4/1/05 at 4:38 PM. ( )

...but not my business phone. Sometimes I've thought of getting it just so I can avoid answering the few telemarketers I get. But I would feel awkward calling back a potential customer that has hung up on me...

We don't get telemarketers here anymore

This response submitted by Cecil on 4/1/05 at 6:50 PM. ( )

Even though Indiana is quite backwards we did have a no call list long before the federal governement. I don't miss those telemarketers!

I've got mine on the no-call list...

This response submitted by marty on 4/1/05 at 7:33 PM. ( )

But I still get one or two calls a week usually from somebody wanting to know if I want to start taking credit cards. I've actually considered doing it. But I have a problem with me getting hit with a 3% (or whatever it is) charge for their convenience (& I can't legaly charge them extra). BUT, I have considered making them pay the full price up front. That way (although 3% less) I'm at least (in theory) making money on the time I've got their full price vs. the half-down with my cash paying customer's...

I don't get enough people that want to pay

This response submitted by Cecil on 4/1/05 at 9:15 PM. ( )

with a credit card and the credit card company gets a monthly fee regardless whether you use their service or not.

Actually I have posted this before, but what really burned me was to find out if a customer challenges your charge the credit card company will ABSOLUTELY NOT BACK YOU. I had a mail order customer say he never received anything from me even though I had a signed receipt from the USPS, but the credit card company still initiated a charge back meaning that amount was taken out of my checking account. Fortunately I was able to get my money from the customer. I don't believe this customer was intentionally trying to cheat me, I believe his business partner used the card and since their record keeping skills were so bad he had no record of it.

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