Got a call yesterday from someone acting like they want to “help” me with my cell phone bill by saving me some money. He said, “Is this Mr. Sulak”. I said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Great! First, Mr. Sulak, I want to let you know that this conversation may be recorded for training and quality assurance.” To which I replied, “Who am I training?” He said, “Well, the recording will teach new employees how to talk to customers.” I replied, “So let me make sure I heard you correctly. You want me to train new employees for your company?” He simply said, “Well Mr. Sulak, we will use this recording for that purpose, yes.” And I replied, “How much is your company going to pay me for this training, which I really do not have that much interest in doing?” He laughed, as if I was joking, and said, “No, no, no Mr. Sulak, you do not get paid. We just feel that you would not mind making your experience with our company better for you and others.” And I went on, “So you want me to train your company’s employees, improve your company’s quality, while I have to listen to something, which I really do not care to listen too and do all of this for FREE?” Dead seriously I relied, “So, why don’t you work for free, since you are so concerned with helping out your co-workers and just go right ahead and send me your check each week, since I am doin’ all this work you want me to do?” To which he replied, “You’re not going to let us record you, are you?” To which I came back with, “Now you’re catchin’ on sunshine! I live in America! We are a Capitalist nation and not a Socialist one! Now, you have a blest day.” And I hung up.
Here’s another one. Did you ever see a “survey”? You see all these “NET” companies constantly bombardin’ you with neat lil’ surveys, which they want you to do for FREE, well, I get paid for helping companies improve. They make plenty, but I never hear any mention of any compensation from them. It is only fair, that if a company uses your input to make money, you should get a share. This is America guys!
Hey, how ‘bout after you check out at a store and the clerk shoves your credit card receipt and says, “Sign this!” or “Sign here!” Have we lost the word “please” in America? I always give them a friendly suggestion, “Do I work for you? Are you my boss? No? Then could you, at a minimum, “ask” me to do something and please do not “tell or demand” that I do something.” Oh, and if they cannot accept that I have actually walked away leaving my merchandise/groceries on the counter. I do not get mad or upset. I just calmly walk away knowing I have “planted a sees”.
Folks! Quit giving away your freedoms! Quit being part of the growing majority of “dumbed-down” Americans! You have a voice! Use it! You do not simply have to “ACCEPT” every lil’ thing a company, an organization or the government tells you. The guy in the first paragraph never even ASKED me, if I would mind being recorded! He TOLD me that I (the conversation) may (would) be recorded! We are not robots! At least, a handful of us aren’t! Get treated respectfully or just walk away! You do have that right! Sure it takes a lil’ extra effort, but what’s the alternative…letting the “BIG” think for us too? Have we all just become “Walkin’ Pieces of Meat”!