Let Me Rant

On April 18, 2012, in General, Misc, by LuCuS

SalesmanIf you know me in real life, you know that I hate stupid people. You also know that I hate pushy sales people. For example, a few years ago, I was walking into a restaurant for dinner when a salesman from a car dealership across the road came running up behind me in the parking lot. He introduced himself as, we’ll call him Bob, and immediately began asking me questions about my truck. In case you didn’t already know, I drive a Chevy Avalanche. Anyways, at the time, I had only had my truck for a couple of weeks. The sales guy started asking me if I like my truck and if I got it for a good price. At first, I thought this was just some guy that was also eating at the same restaurant and was genuinely interested in my truck. But, I was starving and quickly informed the guy that he was stopping me from eating. If he wanted to know more about my truck, I told him there was a Chevrolet dealership directly across the road and he could go there for more answers. That’s when the guy explained to me that he was a salesman from the dealership across the road. WTF?!?

I told the guy again that I was hungry and that I wasn’t interested in anything he had to say. He kept insisting that I should give him a few minutes of my time. He said if I would step over to his car lot, he could show me all kinds of good deals and that he could accept my brand new truck as a trade-in on anything he had on the lot. I told him to get lost and proceeded to head into the restaurant. That’s when he really pushed me over the edge. The sales guy felt that I had invited him to come inside and join me for dinner. I NEVER said or did a thing to give him this idea. Apparently, this guy was messed up in the head and desperate for a sale. Having just bought a brand new truck only weeks before this, I was not interested in anything he had to offer. Again, I told the guy to get lost. He was pretty much begging me to stop by his dealership after I ate dinner. I eventually had to tell the guy to go back across the road before I drop-kicked him back across the road.

I am now in the market for a new truck. But, because of my experience with that annoying sales guy, I will not be buying my truck from that dealership. Plus, I’ve even shared my story with others who also have chosen not to purchase from there as well. That one ass hole has cost his dealership a lot of money and I hope that he no longer works there. He was completely wrong to run across a 4 lane highway just to piss me off while I was trying to eat dinner.

Aside from stupid people and pushy sales people, I also hate pushy recruiters. Every week, I get nearly 100 job offers from around the world. Many of those job offers originate from this website while others originate from sites like LinkedIn and Monster.com. I haven’t been in the hunt for a new job in several years, but that doesn’t stop people from making offers. The majority of the offers I receive are from Monster.com. After getting tired of receiving 100+ phone calls and emails every week from Monster.com, I decided to log into the site and change my status to indicate that I am not looking for a job and for recruiters to no longer contact me.

Well, that was a mistake. After I made those changes to my account, the calls and emails pretty much doubled. Even though I specifically selected in my account for recruiters to not call me, they still do. In fact, my account says not to contact me at all, but that doesn’t stop them. I guess I’m going to have to just delete the entire account. Apparently, recruiters don’t know how to read. Even though my account says “DO NOT CALL ME!!!”, they keep calling and calling and calling and calling.

For the last 5 days, I have been in bed sick. During that time, I decided to turn off my cellphone’s ringer so that I could relax and get some rest. Last night, I was messing around with my phone and got extremely pissed. Beginning Sunday morning around 4:30am, I began receiving calls from this one recruiter in particular. The guy called me 13 times on Sunday alone! Thirteen times! Every time he would call, he would leave me a voice mail and would mark it as urgent. The calls began before 5:00am every day and rolled in until well after midnight on Sunday, Monday, and again on Tuesday. Not only was he calling and leaving voicemails, he was also sending me emails. Needless to say, this was extremely annoying. But, it didn’t stop there. The ass hole even began sending text messages to my cellphone saying things like “Lucus, this is _HIS_NAME_HERE_. I’m trying to get in touch with you. It is extremely urgent that you call me back at XXX-XXX-XXXX”. He sent over 20 messages just like that.

I tried replying to his messages, telling him to never contact me again, but my reply messages were rejected saying the messages could not be delivered. Apparently this guy had setup some sort of bogus account that allowed him to send SMS messages. I knew it was the same guy because he included his name and phone number which were the same on my caller ID, in the voice mails he left, and in the emails he sent. I emailed him back telling him to lose my information and to never bother me again. This was becomming a harassment case.

Last night about 11:30pm, I got yet another phone call from him. This time I had my ringer on and heard it. When I answered, I was far from polite. I told him to go f— himself and to never contact me again. Here is his reply.

“Well, if you would have taken my phone calls to begin with, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now. I used my personal time to contact you with a great offer and this is how you repay me? I’ve been calling and emailing you for several days now. You could have and should have shown me the same respect by replying to me earlier. I have a job offer for you in New Jersey for a 1 month contract position with an upcoming company. I felt like you would be a great fit for this position. But after talking with you now, I think you’re not the right fit for this position. Thank you for wasting my time!” and he hung up.

Seriously?!?!? I wasted his time? Some people are completely clueless and should not have a job that involves interacting with other people. In fact, I think that some of the things this guy did is on the verge if not over the line of being illegal. But, that’s for someone else to decide. This morning, I submitted a complaint to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) along with all of the emails, text messages, and voicemails I received from this guy over the last few days. I better not hear from this guy again. If I do, things are going to get nasty.

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