Next Time I`ll PayMORE and Keep the Shoes

Today I received a phone call at work on my cell phone.

It’s important at this point to note 2 things.

1. I usually do not answer my personal cell phone at work.

2. I rarely answer phone numbers I do not recognize.  YES I’m a screener, I do it. No I don’t owe anyone money, I just don’t like to talk to people without being prepared. I also hate the “pop in.”

So when my phone vibrated on my desk answering was very out of character for me. The female on the other end asked for me by name, her pleasant demeanor dripping with intention.

It had to be THE call. Publishers Clearing House calling to let me know I was a winner. But I had never filled out anything from Publishers Clearing House.

My trance was broken by the cheery voice on the other end letting me know she was glad she had reached me.

Huh. Why was she happy to talk to me? Did she want me to donate to something? I didn’t have any friggin’ money. No way was I going to bake a cake for anything!


That’s not what she wanted.

Her name was Melanie.

She was calling me from a shoe store I had just made a return at.

Oh. How nice of her. They must have given me the wrong change and they owe me $150. They have a free give-a-way for special customers and want to give me shoes. They held a contest and I was entered and I won $150 and free shoes!


She wanted to know if I was satisfied with how I was treated during my transaction.

Are you kidding me?

On second thought I do have something to donate.


Let me tell you BO/GO loving, back to school bandwagon annoyances something about me. If I was unhappy with your service I would have let you know in that moment.

That. Very. Moment.

And I would have hit you with a mild throat slap, no harm done.

But now, because you have wasted my time and made me think I was winning something I have to dig out the big guns.

I’m taking my shoes off for this one.

Because I have none. I had to return them yo.

GAWD. Keep up!

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23 Responses to Next Time I`ll PayMORE and Keep the Shoes
  1. Nic
    August 4, 2011 | 7:14 am

    Too funny!!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:53 pm

      Thanks Nic

  2. Julie @ mamamash
    August 4, 2011 | 9:05 am

    HA! They called you? I hate talking on the phone, and will only answer if it’s someone I know AND really want to talk to at that moment. Otherwise, leave me a voicemail. But I’ll happily return tweets, email and facebook messages all day long.

    Maybe I need a throat punch?

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:47 pm

      I hate voicemail even more than the phone.
      I usually ignore them until my phone tells me voicemail is full and I have to empty it.
      I wish my voicemail would text me.

  3. Bruna
    August 4, 2011 | 11:14 am

    Wow, I didn’t think any stores did that anymore. Weird. Your post made me laugh at the end about taking off your shoe to Throat Punch but not having any because you returned them YO! Loved it.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      YO! LOL
      Bruna you’re so cute.

  4. Jenn @ Fox in the City
    August 4, 2011 | 11:36 am

    I hate how stores keep asking/demanding more and more personal information just for the pleasure of buying their shit.

    Well written post!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:40 pm

      I’m emailing the store and asking them to never call me ever again.
      I’m also letting them know that this call is not helpful.

  5. Leigh Ann
    August 4, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    That poor girl. I can tell you she HATED having to make that call! It seems kind of lame. They should have emailed you a survey or something. When I worked at the credit union I had to call people who had opened an account but not used it or who had not used their account at all in 30+days. So intrusive and I hated it. And people didn’t really appreciate getting those calls either.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:38 pm

      you’re so sweet.
      I know that when you called those people you were always kind.
      You offered them a coupon or bank account with no silly fees.

      You aren’t evil like this girl.

  6. Elena
    August 4, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    Amen. If I don’t like something, I tell you then. Don’t bother me later. BOGO annoyance!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:37 pm

      I don’t even have nice shoes to look at and make myself feel better

  7. Paulette
    August 4, 2011 | 3:27 pm

    Dontcha just love when they call to see how their service was. I know I do…NOT! I’m with you, IF I have an issue with the service you will know it ASAP! But I do like to tell people when they do good jobs. too. Funny, we never call customer service for that. Hmmm….there’s food for thought but not too much though cause Lord knows we got enough going on. 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:36 pm

      You have given me something to think about.
      Maybe I will send some companies a “job well done!”

  8. Lindsay
    August 4, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    That definitely deserved a throat punch. I’m the same way – I don’t mix words. If I’m not happy with your service, I’ll definitely let you know ON THE SPOT – no need to call me back later…..

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:34 pm

      Stores shouldn’t use my phone number for evil!

  9. Rach (DonutsMama)
    August 4, 2011 | 8:28 pm

    LOL. I totally screen. Nothing wrong with that. If I’m ticked at someone, now I take it to Twitter!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 4, 2011 | 9:33 pm

      I sometimes miss the mystery of the old phones. The ones that didn’t have call display!

  10. Kimberly
    August 5, 2011 | 1:07 am

    I’m a screener too. Plus? If I’m not satisfied with something or someone? I’ll let them know. No need to call me after to find out.

    They can tweet me though! 😉

  11. christina
    August 5, 2011 | 10:52 am

    hysterical. 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 5, 2011 | 5:43 pm

      Thank you!

  12. Carri
    August 6, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    That is annoying!!! Companies should know better than to do that. Isn’t that why they have the 800 numbers on the bottom of receipts?

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 7, 2011 | 6:17 pm

      Dill Holes.

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