This lovely specimen graced our phones last week.
His first act was to call while we were busy. Then hang up five times when he got rolled to voice mail.
When that didn't work he left three identical voice mail messages in five minutes. They all said this:
"This is Bob. I'm trying to reach Carl at extension 17. Call me back at [number]."
Carl's phone was out of service for a bit, so I called Bob back myself. It didn't go well.
Me: This is Dips from Awesome Software returning a call from Bob.
Bob: I called for Carl.
Me: I understand. Unfortunately, we are having some trouble getting through to his extension right now. Can I get your Awesome license or serial number?
Bob: Jesus! I don't have it. I just need to talk to Carl.
Me: I need your license or serial number, please.
Bob: Look. My computer's at home. I'm not driving all the way there to look up my license. Put me through to Carl.
Me: If you don't have your license or ser...
Bob: Jesus! Don't you know who I am? I've talked to YOU before, Dips!
Me: I talk to a lot of people, Bob. I was going to say that if you don't have it, I can look you up by name.
Bob: Jesus! All this just to talk to Carl.
Me: Can you tell me your last name please?
Me: Ah. Yes. You're with [publishing house of US mainstream religious organization], right? I do recall speaking with you last week to give you a free test license for [device]. Did you get that activated all right?
[Note: He was a jerk then too. I'll reply to this thread with the details later.]
Me: As I said, we are unable to reach Carl at extension 17. You can try his email address or I can email your contact info to him...
Bob: You know what? I don't have time for this now. I'll try again tomorrow. <click>
Two minutes later Carl's phone was fixed. So I called extension 17...
Me: Carl? This is Dips.
Carl: Hello, Dips. How's it going?
Me: Just a heads up that Bob [lastname] was trying to reach you today.
Carl: [sigh] Oh, God. What does he want?
Me: He didn't say. I was going to have you call him back, but he didn't want to wait and said he'd call back tomorrow. Do you want his number anyway?
Carl: Hell, no.
Me: OK, then. Have a good afternoon.
Carl: You too. Bye!
The best karma is letting a jerk bash himself senseless on the wall of your polite indifference.
The stupid is strong with this one.
Last edited by Dips; 10-29-2008 at 08:40 PM.