Yesterday, I received a marketing call from a local courier company promoting their services. Being as nice as I am, I entertained him for a while. The conversation went:
ME: Good afternoon, [Company name].
Courier: Hi, can I speak to the person in charge of courier service? (in very bad english)
ME: That will be me, my name is Joseph.
Courier: Oh, I just like to tell you about… [Company product and services]. So Jason right? Can I have your email so that I can send you some information?
ME: Joseph(!), not Jason.
Courier: Ha, sorry about that.
ME: My email is ***********.
Courier: Thank you so much Mr Jensen (!!!!!), I will be sending the mail to you shortly.
ME: Slam down the phone.
I just wanted to slam his head on the bloody table. Which part of J-O-S-E-P-H he don’t understand? It is not even a exotic name in the first place. I went on and busy myself with work and forgetten about the whole episode.
Much later the day, I received a email from our good ‘ol courier guy:
From: kevin [mailto:*****************]
Sent: 09 September 2009 17:42
Subject: Airpak Express
Dear Ms Karen,
As per our teleconversation, please find the attached brochure and service rates for your kind perusal.
For your information, we do provide a wide range of courier services.
Such as :-
International Courier service
Airfreight and Custom Clearance
Local Courier Service
International Hand Carry
If there is any enquirieson the above, pls free to contact me at *********
Airpak Express Pte Ltd
I kid you not. I not only had my name changed, I also had my gender changed. I went from a Joseph, to a Jason, to a Jensen and finally to Karen.
My transformation is finally complete.
Want to see my reply?
Sent: 09 September 2009 17:45
Subject: RE: Airpak Express
Thanks for your email.
Btw, I believe I told you repeatly my name is Joseph and I’m not a Ms.
Sale pitch FAIL.
Ms Karen doing a headlock on local courier guy