We've all had those annoying phone calls from telemarketers, bugging us to sign up for a new plan or deal. The worst part is that these calls always come at the most inconvenient times. Whether you're about to leave your house to run an important errand or in the middle of dinner with your family, these telemarketers almost seem to know the worst possible time to call. When AT&T interrupted this man's dinner though, they wouldn't let him get off the phone. So after spending more time than he would like on the phone, he got creative. What he said was comedy gold!

AT&T Calling During Dinner Time

Me: Hello 

AT&T: Hello, this is AT&T....  

Me: Is this AT&T? 

AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T....  

Me: This is AT&T? 

AT&T: Yes. This is AT&T....  

Me: Is this AT&T? 

AT&T: YES! This is AT&T. May I speak to Mr. Salem please?  

Me: May I ask who is calling? 

AT&T: This is AT&T.  

Me: OK, hold on.  

At this point, I put the phone down for a solid 5 minutes thinking that, surely, this person would have hung up the phone. I ate my salad. Much to my surprise, when I picked up the receiver, she was still waiting.  

Me: Hello? 

AT&T: Is this Mr. Salem?  

Me: May I ask who is calling please? 

AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T....  

Me: Is this AT&T? 

AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T....  

Me: This is AT&T? 

AT&T: Yes, is this Mr. Salem?  

Me: Yes, is this AT&T? 

AT&T: Yes, sir.  

Me: The phone company? 

AT&T: Yes, sir.  

Me: I thought you said this was AT&T. 

AT&T: Yes, sir, we are a phone company.  

Me: I already have a phone. 

AT&T: We aren't selling phones today, Mr. Salem.  

Me: Well, whatever it is, I'm really not interested, but thanks for calling.  

When you are not interested in something, I don't think you can express yourself any plainer than by saying "I'm really not interested", but this lady was persistent.  

AT&T: Mr. Salem, we would like to offer you 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

Now, I am sure she meant she was offering a "rate" of 10 cents a minute, but she at no time used the word "rate". I could clearly see that it was time to whip out the trusty old calculator and do a little ciphering.  

Me: Now, that's 10 cents a minute 24 hours a day? 

AT&T: (getting a little excited at this point by my interest) Yes, sir, that's right! 24 hours a day!  

Me: 7 days a week? 

AT&T: That's right.  

Me: 365 days a year? 

AT&T: Yes, sir.  

Me: I am definitely interested in that! Wow!! That's amazing!! 

AT&T: We think so!  

Me: That's quite a sum of money! 

AT&T: Yes, sir, it's amazing how it adds up.  

Me: OK, so will you send me checks weekly, monthly or just one big one at the end of the year for the full $52,560? If you send an annual heck, can I get a cash advance? 

AT&T: Excuse me?  

Me: You know, the 10 cents a minute. 

AT&T: What are you talking about?  

Me: You said you'd give me 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That comes to $144 per day, $1,008 per week and $52,560 per year. I'm just interested in knowing how you will be making payment. 

AT&T: Oh no, sir, I didn't mean we'd be paying you. You pay us 10 cents a minute.  

Me: Wait a minute here! Didn't you say you'd give me 10 cents a minute? Are you sure this is AT&T? 

AT&T: Well, yes, this is AT&T, sir, but....  

Me: But nothing! How do you figure that by saying that you'll give me 10 cents a minute that I'll give you 10 cents a minute? Is this some kind of suliminal telemarketing scheme? I've read about things like this in the Enquirer, you know. Don't use your alien brainwashing techniques on me. 

AT&T: No, sir, we are offering 10 cents a minute for....  

Me: THERE YOU GO AGAIN! Can I speak to a supervisor please?!? 

AT&T: Sir, I don't think that is necessary.  

Me: Sure! You say that now! What happens later? 

AT&T: What?  

Me: I insist on speaking to a supervisor! 

AT&T: Yes, Mr. Salem. Please hold.  

So, now AT&T has me on hold, and my supper is getting cold. I begin to eat while I'm waiting for a supervisor. After a wait of a few minutes and while I have a mouth full of food.......  

Supervisor: Mr. Salem? 

Me: Yeth?  

Supervisor: I understand you are not quite understanding our 10 cents a minute program. 

Me: Id thish Ath Teeth & Teeth? (Is this AT&T)  

Supervisor: Yes, sir, it sure is.  

I had to swallow before I choked on my food. It was all I could do to suppress my laughter, and I had to be careful not to produce a snort.  

Me: No, actually I was just waiting for someone to get back to me so that I could sign up for the plan.  

Supervisor: OK, no problem, I'll transfer you back to the person who was helping you. 

Me: Thank you.  I was on hold once again and managed a few more mouthfuls. I needed to end this conversation. Suddenly, there was an aggravated but polite voice at the other end of the phone.  

AT&T: Hello, Mr. Salem. I understand that you are interested in signing up for our plan? 

Me: Do you have that friends and family thing because you can never have enough friends and I'm an only child and I'd really like to have a little brother.........  

AT&T: (click)