April 26, 2005

Are They Serious?

I got a call today from someone taking a ‘shopping poll’. She identified herself and I hate to be rude, so what the hell. I’ll let her start before I politely say, “I’m not interested” and hang up.

OK, so here’s my question, are there really people out there that answer those questions? Seriously?

First, she knew my last name, although she pronounced it incorrectly as they always do. I am curious as to what she is going to ask. So I politely say, “Yes.” Then she says she is doing an informal shopping survey. I am curious.

Second question, “What grocery store do you shop with?” I answer, ‘Publix’. I don’t care if she knows where I shop. It is not as if she asked WHICH Publix.

Next question… here’s the big one… “how much do you spend a week on groceries?” to which I reply, “I do not believe this is your business nor anyone else’s”. Do people really divulge that type of information?

Then she asked, “How many people are in your family?” and then I ended it with, “I’m sorry, but I’m not interested in participating in this survey” and I hung up.

So people REALLY REALLY answer these personal questions to marketers? I just have to know.

And in case any of you are wondering why I am polite… yes, they are intruding on my time, but these folks are being paid to do a crap job. In my opinion, life is too short to be rude to people like that. If I bother to pick up, I am polite and hang up. I just think there is too much rudeness in this world and I’m not going to contribute to it unless forced to.

Posted by Boudicca at April 26, 2005 09:13 PM

I would have had fun with her.

I would have told her I used food stamps, had 5 kids and asked if she was going to send me coupons for pampers!

Posted by: Sissy at April 26, 2005 09:52 PM

I've done that. I've filled out a survey saying I was an uneducated mother with 6 kids, all under age 7, 4 dogs, and a rabbit, and I couldn't speak English. (Funny how I could complete the survey, though)

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 26, 2005 10:40 PM

You are far too kind. Granted, these folks mostly work in pressure cooker conditions, but what most of them are doing is simply too rude for words, at the very least.

The guy who called tonight wanting to sell me a mortgage? I milked all the info I could outa him before telling him "I'm not only on a national 'no call' list but on our state's 'no call' list. We have no prior relationship, and I did not ask your company to contact me. [our state attorney general] just loves to prosecute the bank accounts right out from under businesses like yours, and has successfully done so in the past. You told me what company you were calling for. Tell them to expect contact from [our state attorney general]'s office. Have a nice life."

Fire off email to [state attorney general]. Sit down and have dinner. Had dessert first. Yum. Candied telemarketer ass.

Posted by: David at April 26, 2005 10:58 PM

I've done the over the phone surveys. They aren't trying to sell me something and they are trying to get marketing information which might save a product *I* really like from being pulled from the shelf. I don't do them often, but if I'm home and bored I'll do one.

Posted by: Contagion at April 27, 2005 08:07 AM

I do the over the phone surveys too, mostly the political ones, but I have done one or two shopping ones. I usually hang up on the ones trying to sell me stuff, but every now and then, I really have some fun with them!

Posted by: Oddybobo at April 27, 2005 08:46 AM

I took one too - about 10 years ago.
It was about washing clothes.

One of the questions was about how much bleach I use. She didn't have a spot in her survey sheet for "none". She was stumped. I was being serious.


Posted by: _Jon at April 27, 2005 09:22 AM

My maiden name was mispronounced by everyone I encountered. Like yours it was pronounced just like it looked. Unlike yours, it didn't make me smile. :)

I don't do surveys over the phone. Maybe online, if I have nothing better to do. HA! Like that ever happens!

Posted by: Jody Halsted at April 27, 2005 10:42 AM

Life's too short to talk to those time-wasters. I just tell them "would you hold on for a minute?" and put the phone down. Then I come back 30 minutes later and hang it up.

Posted by: Marty at April 27, 2005 11:06 AM

Personally, I've looked at your last name 5 ways from Sunday and didn't have a clue about how to pronounce it until reading Jody's comment.

Now it all fits. Wow, what a cool name!

Posted by: Jim at April 27, 2005 01:16 PM

If I need a laugh, I take the phone into the bathroom and answer all the questions wrong whilst taking a dump (complete with very real sound effects). Otherwise I just hang up on them.

Posted by: Ogre at April 27, 2005 02:54 PM

Since it sounds like you are already being pestered by others. And you aren't rude to the poor pesterers. Let me join the fun by saying:


Come to my blog to see what in the world I'm talking about . . .then you can hate me for awhile and refuse to answer my pesty questions.

Posted by: Anita at April 27, 2005 05:55 PM

Ogre, that is just sick and disgusting...

...and freaking hilarious!!! LMAO

Posted by: Sissy at April 27, 2005 06:59 PM