Why must the telemarketers lie?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

This afternoon I am at my office alone.  A couple other agents are out with clients and I've had clients myself today.  I've juggled numerous phone calls and voice mails and emails all day.  During business hours unless I am with a client I try to not miss a call.  Twice today I was on the phone with a friend and got another call.  Both friends know I am at work and that it's important for me to take the call so they immediately let me go.

Then when on the phone with a buyer client the phone rang and I quickly explained I was here alone and by this time I was just chatting with my client and the business was taken care of so he also let me go to take the call.  Now when the caller ID said County Courthouse I truly wasn't expecting a telemarketer, but that's what I got. 

They were selling magnets.  You know the "endorsed" by the county courthouse ones.  Yeah, what county courthouse?  They were going to be "given out" by the "County Courthouse", again WHAT county court house?  Apparently these folks don't know about Eatonton, GA at all.  There is likely not 5 people working in the Putnam County Courthouse that I don't know personally.  I went to school for 12 years with the security deputy.  I taught Sunday School to the children of the Clerk of Suprior Court.  I sit on the pew in church behind the Superior Court Judge, at a previous job I used to be a co-worker of the Probate Judge and I went to school with three of the four children of the tax commissioner.  And that just is a sampling.  I live in a small town and with one phone call I can be transfered to two dozen people in different offices in the court house.  And did you know not ONE of them knows a dang thing about your "Emergency Number Magnet". 

Seriously?  I mean it's not a bad idea to have a magnet on the refrigerator with the numbers for the Sheriff's office, Animal Control, the health department, and of course their favorite real estate agent (me).  But since you lied I think I'll just have to find another company to print them up for me.  Because the people I like least in this world are liars and folks, you just got busted.  I want to call them back and tel them I have free houses for them.

 

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Steven Cook
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Tammy -- having lived in a couple small towns like yours, I know what you are talking about -- really, if they would tell the truth, they might even get some customers -- but then they would probably be lying about the cost also.  Good thing you didn't get too involved with them.

Aug 28, 2012 07:33 AM #6
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Jeanne Dufort
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If you have to lie to get my attention, I don;t need what you're selling. Next!

Aug 28, 2012 07:51 AM #7
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Amanda Christiansen
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I was going to say "very clever", but the more I think about it, it was only a clever way to get you to answer, not to sell something.  Jerks.  

Aug 28, 2012 07:55 AM #8
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Robin Dampier REALTOR®
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Way to go Tammy.  It would just be sooooo easy for the telemarketers to say upfront truthfully what their product and business is and they'd probably get better results.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Aug 28, 2012 08:51 AM #9
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Will Hamm
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Tammy, I can not believe it but I think it is good to have numbers on the refri.  Hope you have a great day!

Aug 28, 2012 09:28 AM #10
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Debbie Reynolds
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Tammy, They lie because they don't think anyone will know the difference. Boy did they get the wrong cookie!
Aug 28, 2012 09:42 AM #11
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Pete Xavier
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Love of money.

Aug 28, 2012 09:45 AM #12
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Brenda- ha, we don't have a local television station LOL

Jane- I know right

Steven- I never agree until I have the total cost in writing.

Jeanne- yup, next

Jared- Did make me answer the call, but oops on the buying anything

Sue- I totally agree

Will- I think so too

Debbie- yeah, small towns .. lived here my entire life, #fail

Pete- the truth would have gotten them closer to some of my money

 

Aug 28, 2012 09:57 AM #13
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Tammy, because they are greedy and have no conscience? I've been getting calls from a 562 number, as early as 7.30 am. I know it's not local ... so I googled it and found a whole bunch of complains about some company either telling you that you bought something and owe them money or that they want a donation and we'll send you something in return ... it sounds like that they are relentless and will call until you answer.

Of course, if my caller ID says "county courthouse" I would answer, too.

Aug 28, 2012 12:58 PM #14
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Tammy Lankford,
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Andrea- yeah, it just doesn't seem right or logical that you can name your company "county courthouse" to make the caller ID say that.

Aug 28, 2012 01:02 PM #15
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Donna Foerster
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Tammy~ Phone solicitors just drive me nuts.  I understand they have a product they are trying to sell, but when I say NO, I really mean NO.  Don't push me, cuz then I'll just be nasty and don't every LIE to me!  UGH!

Aug 28, 2012 01:03 PM #16
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Amen Donna.

Aug 28, 2012 01:34 PM #17
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Joe Petrowsky
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Tammy, there is only one thing I hate more than a lier, the answer. Two of them. I just don't have it within me to listen to the BS.

Aug 28, 2012 07:53 PM #18
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Tammy, I hate those calls too.  If they annoy me enough I'll either hang up or toy with them like a cat with prey.

Aug 28, 2012 09:40 PM #19
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Joe- it's really too bad they were so stupid as to lie, might have been something I considered

Mona- yup have done that cat and mouse game, but only on a slow day at the office. LOL 

Aug 28, 2012 11:07 PM #20
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Kathryn Maguire
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No, once someone starts out with a lie, that is the end of the conversation.  Bad business indeed!

Aug 28, 2012 11:15 PM #21
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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Gosh, the unbelievable excuses they can come up with to get you on the phone.  It's . . . well, unbelievable!!

Aug 29, 2012 09:36 AM #22
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Tammy Lankford,
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Kathryn- agreed

Carla- I mean honestly if the caller ID had said toll free number I would have never stopped my actual client call.  Really irked me.

Aug 29, 2012 10:27 AM #23
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Toni Weidman
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Don't you just love all the telemarketing calls we, as agents, get. I am so tired of the " I have a referral for you" ones. They do if I just pay them $75+ a month for the privilege.

Aug 30, 2012 10:11 PM #24
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Tammy Lankford,
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Toni- yeah, hung up on one of those just yesterday.

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