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Old 05-24-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Hermoso y tranquilo Panamá
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Good morning y’all and hope your day is off to a good start.

Today's little factoid is about being polite over the telephone . . . Didja Know?


Being rude to a telephone operator in Prussia was once a crime

In the early 1900s, a respected citizen was reprimanded by the government after becoming exasperated with an operator and saying "My dear girl!"
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:32 AM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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Seriously? "My dear girl"? That sure shows how times have changed, doesn't it?

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Old 05-24-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Wonder what would have happened if he had called her, "Sweetie"?
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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That wouldn’t happen these days! Customers call operators and can get away with most anything they want to say. Far too often it’s more personal in context and beyond rude. I wouldn’t want to deal with most customers today because of their attitude towards service people trying to help them.

Can you even get a telephone operator these days?????????????
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Texas
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YouTube - ‪Jim Croce - Operator‬‏
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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That wouldn’t happen these days! Customers call operators and can get away with most anything they want to say. Far too often it’s more personal in context and beyond rude. I wouldn’t want to deal with most customers today because of their attitude towards service people trying to help them.

Can you even get a telephone operator these days?????????????
Good question. Almost every place I call has switched over to automated customer service and it's a maze to get to a real person. I guess that's a subject for a pet peeves thread, isn't it?
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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YouTube - ‪One RingyDingy‬‏

This continues to make me laugh every time I watch it.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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That wouldn’t happen these days! Customers call operators and can get away with most anything they want to say. Far too often it’s more personal in context and beyond rude. I wouldn’t want to deal with most customers today because of their attitude towards service people trying to help them.
I talk to customers all the time and the utter RUDENESS I hear come out of the mouths of people who are currently doing business with a company is just amazing. I'm sure none of those types post on here, , but if they do....I hope they are ashamed of themselves.

I hope they realize their kids see and hear this.

I hope they all slam their funny bone into a sharp object......
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Funky Town
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Whenever I have to call & talk to an operator, I just pray they don't have a strong accent that I can not understand!
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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Wow I didn't not know that and that is a very interesting factoid Joy. I am sure glad it is not like that over here because I would be in big trouble. I am rude to people on the phone especially if I don't want to be bothered, but it is usually tele-sales/survey types.
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