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Telemarketers Describe The Biggest Freakouts They've Experienced On The Job

Updated October 13, 2018 5k views19 items

There are many difficult jobs out there. As anyone who has worked in the service industry knows, it's tough to find an easy, safe, and rewarding way to make a buck. But few career paths are as challenging as telemarketing.

Telemarketers have a notoriously bad rap for interrupting people's dinner or TV time. Everyone needs to make a living, though, and telemarketers are merely trying to do their jobs like everyone else. Plus, besides experiencing rudeness, telemarketers sometimes must deal with aggressive prospective clients.

These hilarious and cringe-worthy telemarketer horror stories from Reddit entail people in the industry describing their worst yet most memorable calls. These may not compel you to join their profession, but should at least help you sympathize with our telemarketing brethren. 

  • The Callback

    From Redditor /u/purpleautumnleaf:

    Once my ex had a call from a telemarketer and was in a particularly bad mood, so the second he realized, he shouted, "F*ck off, you c*nt," and hung up. Not 20 seconds later, the phone rang and somebody shouted, "F*ck you, too, sir!" and hung up.

  • 'I Don't Vote'

    From Redditor /u/CMonte420:

    I'd have to say the most memorable call I ever had was a guy in Arkansas. No matter how many times I told him I was calling about insurance, he kept saying, "I don't vote." He must have been in his late 60s or early 70s.

    No matter how clear or succinct I was with why I was calling, he insisted my call was related to politics. He proceeded to bash Barack Obama and the Democratic Party for about 30 minutes. He was extremely racist, and although offensive, it was very entertaining to hear. Dude was super passionate.

    After he ranted for what seemed like an hour, I asked him, "If you're so passionate about the president and politics why don't you vote?"

    His response was priceless. He sat for about 10 seconds in silence and responded, "Bars and liquor stores are closed on Election Day, and I wouldn't vote for any of these dirty f*ckers without being drunk as f*ck."

    Touché, sir. Well said.

  • The Not-So-Early Riser

    From Redditor /u/OhBother:

    Well, I made calls for a environmental organization in Berkeley, CA, so as you can imagine, we had our fair share of nuts.

    Once a guy said, "You just woke me up, I haven't had a cigarette yet, and I need to poop, how do you think I'm doing?"

  • Elocution Lessons

    From Redditor /u/TheRecklessOne:

    Worked in customer services for a bank.

    Me: Can I take your account number and sort code please?

    Customer: My star card? What's that?

    Me: No no, sort code.

    Customer: I don't have a star card.

    Me: Not star card, SORT CODE.



    Customer: Star code?

    Me: SORT CODE!

    Customer: I really don't understand what you're asking me for.

    Me: S-O-R-T C-O-D-E

    Customer: Sort code! Well, I think SOMEONE needs elocution lessons!

    I'm pretty sure SOMEONE needed a hearing aid.