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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 01:35 PM
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Thank you for holding, you call will be answered in just a moment
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 01:36 PM by LeftyMom
NO IT WON'T! I've heard that ten times already! There's a reason your hold recording sounds so garbled and worn out. You leave people on hold forever! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Answer the fucking phone! It won't take two minutes to make me an appointment. It shouldn't take longer than my exam to schedule one.

:grr: :argh: :nuke:
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:56 PM
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1. That's wretched, but it's the #@%^^&**(+! music
I know you want me to give up and go away, but Mother of God on a bobsled no mas por favor, no mas.

:nuke:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:02 PM
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4. "If this is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY, hang up and dial 911 -- otherwise..."
STAY ON THE LINE AND YOU WILL SIT AND WAIT WHILE WE PLAY THIS INANE MUSIC AND GIVE YOU LITTLE HELPFUL HEALTH UPDATES ALONG THE WAY...
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:05 PM
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5. It was about to give me a medical emergency
I swear the hold music was playing on a badly scratched and slightly off speed 45 rpm record. I was *this close* to an aneurism.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 02:59 PM
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2. Your call is important to us....
Please stay on the line while out customer service representatives are helping other people....


YOu know, somewhere, some ass hole researcher figured out just how long the average American would tolerate staying on hold...


And then other times, I think they just let people hold on in hopes they will all just go away...
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:07 PM
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6. It beats scheduling appointments and treating patients
Then I'll have to wait two hours past my appointment time for a ten minute doctor's visit.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:16 PM
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8. I know...
I just hate it...
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:24 PM
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12. 23 minutes on hold
I'll probably spend another two hours in the waiting room for an exam that won't take fifteen minutes.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:43 PM
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16. Heard 'em in.....
They know people will wait...
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:00 PM
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3. "If my call were IMPORTANT to you, you would ANSWER IT and not
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 03:02 PM by Radio_Lady
put me on ETERNAL HOLD!"
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:10 PM
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7. I love it when they actually quantify the phone purgatory that
you find yourself in.

"Please do not hang up as it will only increase your wait time. The first person in line has been holding for 9 minutes. You are number 23."
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:18 PM
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9. Oh, that has to make you feel really, really good. n/t
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:25 PM
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13. I haven't encountered that yet
The "average hold time- less than five minutes" ones are bad enough.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:21 PM
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10. Being on the other end of that is no fun either.
Pissed off customers jumping down your throat because they've been on hold forever, as though it's your fault personally. Fuck that. (I hate my job, haha.)
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:23 PM
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11. I'd never do that
It's not thier fault that they really need another receptionist and haven't got one for some reason.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:29 PM
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15. I work in a call center, so it's a million times worse.
A hundred agents on calls and 20 calls in the queue, just a feeling of pure dread every time a call comes into the phone.

Bah, only two weeks left of that shit, haha.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:28 PM
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14. Your call is very important to us. So important, in fact,
that we only have half the number of people employed in this job that we really should have. But just remember; the longer you are on hold, the more important you should feel, because, well, um, because our sappy recorded voicemessage says so.

:banghead:
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:22 PM
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17. Bingo!
I have watched the receptionist at the hospital juggle phone calls, walk-ins, regulars, doctors, nurses and other assorted staff while filing and typing - jeez, what a job. :crazy:
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