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The Free Gift Call

November 14, 2010 - Al Stephenson
We have all dealt with telemarketers. Many of us do so by simply hanging up. A friend of mine went a step further and had an amusing story to tell.

It seems he got a call one time from a lady that said if he could answer a question correctly he would receive a free gift. He knew this was probably not the great deal that she suggested it would be, but he decided to stay on the line to try to glean a little more information. The lady explained that he could choose his category for the question with his choices being home economics or sports. He now decides he can have a little fun.

"Home Economics" he almost yells into the phone, "that's what I taught." Of course he didn't teach home economics though he was a former teacher, but remember he was having a little sport with the gal.

The lady asked the following question: "What was the name of the company that had the slogan - When it rains it pours?" My buddy responded with "gee, I don't know that."

"Think, she quickly suggested, the little girl with the umbrella."

He says "nope, it's not ringing a bell, sorry" and with that he hung up, chuckled and went back about his business.

A couple of weeks later he gets another phone call and it is a lady (the same one?) with the same proposal. Now he has an opportunity to have fun again. Sure enough he gets the same two choices of categories and this is how the second round goes down.

"Oh sports, I love sports" he cries into the reciever. The lady then asks him to give her the name of the New York Yankee slugger that hit 60 home runs in a single season, 714 for his career and was known as the Sultan of Swat. Without hesitation, my buddy replied.

He literally shouts his answer into the phone. "Morton Salt" he says with glee. There is a pause, a stifled laugh and then the telemarketer hangs up on HIM.

The view from my seat suggests that I wish I were as quick thinking as my buddy!


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