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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Annoying telemarketer accidently calls long lost son. Sappiness ensues   (startribune.com) divider line 53
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2003-02-04 10:09:54 AM  
I put myself on my family's "Do Not Call" list.
 
2003-02-04 10:10:59 AM  

Wow, and after all these years of hanging up on telemarketers, what if I had dismissed dozens of long-lost family members?


On another note, I wonder if the son donated money to the father's cause.

 
2003-02-04 10:11:09 AM  
Son currently kicking self for not getting on "Do Not Call list."

Who the hell makes small talk with a telemarketer?
 
2003-02-04 10:12:26 AM  
Sappines are a Norwegian crop grown for their natural glue, aren't they?
 
2003-02-04 10:13:53 AM  
"First you abandon me, now you're trying to sell me term life insurance???"

seriously, this has "grifter" written all over it.
 
2003-02-04 10:13:54 AM  


"How conveeeeeeeeeeenient"
 
2003-02-04 10:14:40 AM  
perfect opportunity for "sappy" tag
 
2003-02-04 10:16:03 AM  
teacher says everytime a telemarketer finds a son an angel gets its wings
 
2003-02-04 10:16:59 AM  
 
2003-02-04 10:17:20 AM  
This gives us a whole new way to mess with telemarketers: Searching for a long lost father/mother. Just say that before you get into any questions, you want to make sure that the telemarketer is not your long lost father/mother. Start asking very personal and embarrasing questions. Be as explicit as you can. If they insist they are not your relative, begin weeping profusely and lambast them for not taking your heartfelt search seriously.

I wonder how much crap they'd put up with...
 
2003-02-04 10:18:35 AM  
BunnyMan_Bob: Your teacher's full of snot.

/Rocko
 
2003-02-04 10:18:57 AM  
lost son? he must've abandoned him long time ago.
 
2003-02-04 10:24:58 AM  
Sound like a new telemarketer ploy to me.
 
2003-02-04 10:25:09 AM  
Im happy for them. Having not gotten along with my dad most of my life, we've recently started talking again. It's always good to have family, even if you havent seen or heard from them in ages.
 
2003-02-04 10:26:02 AM  
Slightly better than spying pops spitting teeth in a "Bumfights" video.
 
2003-02-04 10:26:26 AM  
"Hello?"

"Yes, this is Bob from the Ultimate Aluminum Siding and Roofing Company. I'd like to find out about your current roof."

"Dad...?"

"Son?!"

"DAD!!"

*click*
 
2003-02-04 10:31:50 AM  
If it were me, I would have disowned my dad for being a n annoying telemarketer.

"I DON'T KNOW YOU!"
 
2003-02-04 10:33:08 AM  
Funny. The telemarketer was homeless, and probably harassed a whole bunch of people on the street. Now he's got a job that lets him do it over the phone.
 
2003-02-04 10:33:42 AM  
I gotta run out and get a telezapper
 
2003-02-04 10:35:49 AM  
good one Goat man!!!!
 
2003-02-04 10:38:02 AM  
Those benevolent police telemarketers are some of the lowest scum of the earth. I once had one tell me I was putting the lives of police officers in jeopardy because I refused to donate to their "buy bulletproof vests" campaign. When I told him I didn't have a company calling on my behalf to make sure I'm provided with pens and a calculator for work he said something along the lines of "I hope your wife is raped and your children murdered in their beds because the police officer who was dispatched to save them was killed because he didn't have a vest"

Holy scum Batman!
 
2003-02-04 10:43:33 AM  
Hello, this is the United States calling are we reaching. .

CLICK..

He keeps hanging up . .
 
2003-02-04 10:43:51 AM  
Al Kinkade had been hard to find because of years of substance abuse that led to homelessness. He decided to go sober on April Fool's Day in 1998.

So... April Fool's Day == Opposite Day???
 
2003-02-04 10:45:32 AM  
Goatman-

No, I think that Sappines was the chick from Les Mis.
 
2003-02-04 10:47:04 AM  
Sappines?

Too bad "Spell Check" didn't ensue.
 
2003-02-04 10:48:27 AM  
When they got together, I hope they had a few drinks and became close friends.

OOOOO! is that fudge?
 
2003-02-04 10:50:51 AM  
"Landshark!"
 
2003-02-04 10:50:54 AM  
Jashter
I nominate you as the first official FARK spellchecker!
 
2003-02-04 10:52:10 AM  
This has got to be the worstly spelled headline yet. ;)
 
2003-02-04 10:54:59 AM  
NathanAllen: Police and firefighter charities are also the most likely to be fraudulent. Like you said, who wants to say no to someone who might save your life?

In Florida there's a list with the IDs of the legitimate charities. If you ask them for their donor code and they don't know it (or worse, don't know what you're talking about), it's probably a fake.
 
2003-02-04 10:58:25 AM  
how hard could he have been searching for his dad if he had the same last name and lived in the same state?
 
2003-02-04 11:00:46 AM  
It was probably a courtesy call. They are NEVER selling anything you know.
 
2003-02-04 11:02:20 AM  
Now there's a dad to be proud of!
 
2003-02-04 11:12:53 AM  
02-04-03 10:38:02 AM NathanAllen
Those benevolent police telemarketers are some of the lowest scum of the earth. I once had one tell me I was putting the lives of police officers in jeopardy because I refused to donate to their "buy bulletproof vests" campaign. When I told him I didn't have a company calling on my behalf to make sure I'm provided with pens and a calculator for work he said something along the lines of "I hope your wife is raped and your children murdered in their beds because the police officer who was dispatched to save them was killed because he didn't have a vest"

Holy scum Batman!


In California, you can get a permit to carry a concealed weapon at the discretion of the local law enforcement. I lived in Alameda County for a while, and their policy was to only issue them if you could show a specific need. i.e. you transported valuables, or worked in security. General self-protection was not sufficient. I found this out by failing to get one on that basis. It made me feel pretty helpless to be at the mercy of an arbitrary governmental agency.

Then I had the Alameda County Police (Oakland, Fremont, etc.) call me soliciting money for some anti-drug crusade. I let them go through their spiel before I informed them that even if I agreed with their drug war, I would not give one cent while the Alameda County Police were denying my constitutional right to bear arms.

It didn't get me my CCW, but it made me feel a little better.
 
2003-02-04 11:13:31 AM  
Krusty
If you're homeless and a substance abuser, then the chances are you don't really have a permanent address, much less a job or phone number.
 
2003-02-04 11:17:59 AM  
I am proud to say that there are NO telemarketers in my gene pool.
 
2003-02-04 11:28:41 AM  
I was desperate for a summer job away from home, so I could support myself in my new off-campus apartment, and I tried telemarketing for one day.

It was soul-crushing.

The saddest part was, I ended up selling $600 of "cosmetics". I was begging the lady on the other end of the line _not_ to buy, but it didn't work.

I actually left that day holding back sobs, and I never showed up again.

And that's all I have to say about that.
 
2003-02-04 11:30:25 AM  
Where's the usual quote about how it must have been God that brought them together. There are no coincidents!
 
2003-02-04 11:33:36 AM  
What a sick way to make a sale! I'm disgusted.
 
2003-02-04 11:41:09 AM  
Try Contra Costa county, through their (unless it's been changed in the last year since I fled that part of the country) Contra Costa Posse Program, you make a donation, you get a badge and a CCW permit. (I think the naval or marine componant even has uniforms!)

It's more expensive than a normal CCW, runs you near $100 a year, but a friend of mine was denied a CCW through normal channels and felt it more than worth her time to join the political election fund group, err Posse.
 
2003-02-04 11:52:16 AM  
If the cops are so worried about bulletproof vests, why don't they just move to Canada? Much less of a need for them there, plus with what cops make, they can easily afford one.
 
2003-02-04 12:02:57 PM  
Telemarketing and spamming should should be capital crimes!
 
2003-02-04 12:04:14 PM  
Say that 'minds me of telemarketing in cinema.
Anyone ever watched the movie "American Job"?
Do not watch if you're presently considering suicide.
Great film though..
 
2003-02-04 12:35:06 PM  
So did Dad shake the kid down for any money, or does that come up when he falls off the wagon?
 
2003-02-04 12:51:43 PM  
It must have been god that brought them together. There are no coincidences. Except for god. She is a coincidence.
 
2003-02-04 12:54:01 PM  
Feel good story?
Dad turns out to be a drunk, homeless loser and
worse yet a telemarketer.
If i'm that son i'd rather never have found him
and stayed with my fantasy that my dad was in
the CIA and killed by Castro.
 
2003-02-04 01:09:53 PM  
If that was Mississippi, his dad could also be his brother, his nephew and probably his great-grandmother.

In Mississippi, Family Gets Recycled!
 
2003-02-04 04:58:14 PM  
The Vista couple began searching seven years ago for Dan's father. All they had was his full name, Alfred Robert Kinkade, and two photographs of him with Dan's mother.


Oh, we have a couple of real deep thinkers here. If they had his address it may have only taken three and a half years.
 
2003-02-04 07:46:58 PM  
I still would of hung up...
 
2003-02-04 09:57:44 PM  
acutal photo of the search for Dan's father
 
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