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Am I Racist?

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BrianW Report 17 Apr 2013 11:52

Just answered the phone to be greeted by "Am I speaking to Mr. X" in an Indian subcontinent accent.
I answered "Yes, but I am not buying anything" and put the phone down, having made the assumption that it was (yet again) an Indian call centre flogging solar panels, double glazing or whatever.
But maybe it was a legitimate UK business I have dealings with which just happens to have an Indian employee.
Am I turning into Victor Meldrew?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 17 Apr 2013 12:00

No, not really. You can usually tell if it's a overseas call by the clarity of the connection

If it was a genuine phone call from an organisation you deal with, they'll call back.


Dermot Report 17 Apr 2013 12:24

As a monolingual nation, it is easy to tell if a caller is 'foreign'. Trouble is, the caller might be just working down the road from you.

Politeness rarely offends.


AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 12:32

I just say "not interested" and put the phone down.

Nearly did it to my Indian neighbour though - he had not long moved in across the road and was going with his family back to India for Christmas. I pointed out to him that as he front door was all glass, all the post would accumulate - a dead giveaway for an empty house. Offered to collect the post daily and keep it for him - he agreed and then phoned me to confirm - only the fact that I heard children in the background stopped me from hanging up on him. Told him next day, and he thought it was very funny - he's a doctor by the way :-D

Liz 47

Liz 47 Report 17 Apr 2013 12:41

I told someone we were not interested in anything he was selling, and he said, "No, you don't understand, I am a friend of your son, he has been involved in an accident, I am at the hospital with him".


AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 12:43

oooooer :-D

♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 17 Apr 2013 12:54

Yesterday I had 14 international calls, I answered just one.

When I asked for their Grandmothers telephone number so that I could ask her if she was proud to have a grandchild who attempted to con pensioners, they rang off. :-D :-D


AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 12:59

nice one Carol


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 17 Apr 2013 13:38 your not you daft bat:)) but l spose it might help just to let them say abit more.

Liz...was your son ok?




LadyScozz Report 17 Apr 2013 13:57

I usually know when it's a "weird" call, because we have an unusual surname. Even English speakers have trouble with it, so you can imagine the way it gets mangled by others :-)

They ask "Am I speaking with Mrs T?".......... if I'm in a daft mood I say "No", and give "No" as the answer to all their questions; they usually hang up first, other times I say "Yes" instead. If I'm in a stirring mood I talk to them in a language other than English. Great fun :-D Other times I say "hold on", then put the 'phone down and go away for at least ten minutes :-D


vera2010 Report 17 Apr 2013 14:32

I too have a difficult name or so it seems to pronunce. Three syllables (spelling) and they nearly always miss out the middle one. It annoys me, especially as I know they are trying to sell me something, but I try to remain calm and well mannered, reminding myself that these calls are flashing up in front of them with little time to get the name right in their heads.

I have that service which filters out most calls and rarely get bothered. Can't imagine how I wouild cope with 14 in one day. Probably pull the plug.



AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 15:00

my friend's dad is going on 91 years of age but no way is he decrepit - he got a call from an Asian sounding person purporting to be from the electricity board informing he him was due a rebate of hundreds of pounds - well Terry is not daft and said "Well that's nice, I don't pay anywhere near that amount each month - where are you calling from?" Reply - "From London" Strange, says Terry, my local electricity board is here in Cardiff.

The caller persists and Terry says "When will you be asking for my bank details?" Reply - "Well that comes later"

Terry - "Do you have a piece of paper handy? if so, can you use it to wipe your ****
and clean up all that bull***** you just fed me"

End of conversation :-D


PollyinBrum Report 17 Apr 2013 15:04

:-D :-D :-D Excellent AnnC .

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 17 Apr 2013 15:07

It's a fair bet that if they address me as Mr they aren't someone I want to talk to :-)


AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 15:08

he's brilliant Paula - nothing he likes more than to receive one of those calls - it brightens up his day - he's on his own now, wife died two years ago and it helps to fill his day :-D


PollyinBrum Report 17 Apr 2013 15:10

Ann I am going tp show it to my OH, I am sure he will love and, and probably use it next time he receives a call.


AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 15:16

I particularly like it when they ask to speak to my husband - I usually say well if you do give him a message from me - the hedge needs cutting - he died over ten years ago!!

Or, when some tinker calls to resurface my drive, which is already resurfaced - "Can I speak to the boss please" Me "You're speaking to her" - shuts door!!


AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 15:19

one rainy day my son's friend had a gypsy calling selling lucky white heather - "Lucky?" he said - I'm here in a nice warm house and you're out there in the piddling rain!!!

there are so many lovely way to get rid of people

one of his other friends received a call from a neighbour "You're favourite people are in the road - Jehova's Witnesses" Haydn rushed upstairs, stripped naked and when they knocked on his door he just opened it and stood there - loud screams - they never called again :-D


PollyinBrum Report 17 Apr 2013 15:22

I have just Choked on my Malt loaf, I don't think OH will be copying that one Ann ;-)


AnnCardiff Report 17 Apr 2013 15:22

well it's a bit chilly today :-D