“Rudeness Waiting”

by Natalie P.

June 10, 2008 | Filed Under The Heartless Bitch Way | 2 Comments

One of the most annoying phone habits I have come across is the current societal addiction to what I call, “Rudeness Waiting”. 

You know, that “service” that is otherwise known in the industry as “call waiting”?

I have lost count of the number of times I have been on calls with people only to get, “Hold on, I have another call coming in.”, only to be put on hold for some period of time, or dumped out of the call altogether. Once I got fed up and hung up because this happened 3 times in one (not very long) call. Another time I said very quickly, “NO. Let them go to voicemail.  I said, LET THEM GO TO VOICEMAIL.”, and I could tell this was a completely foreign concept, but I was pissed off and made my displeasure quite known.  This is especially frustrating when THEY are the people that called ME in the first place.  It’s like some bizarre Pavlovian effect – they hear the beep of another call and they simply HAVE to answer it.  

I don’t have rudeness waiting on my home phone, and it is on my mobile only because of work.  Even so, I almost never preempt an existing call with an incoming one. 

I mean, REALLY folks. Unless you have some kind of multi-million-dollar financial deal going down, or a relative at death’s door, or an emergency at work, do you HAVE to take that other call just because it is coming in? (Especially when the person you are speaking to is calling long distance?)  What ever happened to basic courtesy? 

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  1. Kimberly June 11, 2008 9:59 am

    Yep, I opted out of the call waiting feature for a few reasons, on home phone, one of them being that this feature is just fucking annoying. I recently ranted on my blog about people using cell phones while driving. I’m sure they are taking more than one call while driving if they have call waiting. I can’t tell you how many times a traffic light has turned green and the idiot in front of me, yakkin on the phone, hasn’t bothered to notice that light is green. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been cut off by people who don’t bother to look before switching lanes because they are yakkin on the cell. Sheesh.

  2. Abby June 15, 2008 12:10 pm

    I interrupt leisurely (i.e. not mandatory) conversations with friends for call waiting if:
    a) it’s someone important or
    b) it says unknown caller since I am the sort who just HAS to KNOW who it is, and ironically it’s usually a telemarketer.

    In any case, I always make a point to get back to the original call as soon as possible. I’d only ditch them for another call if it was really important or I just don’t like them anyway.


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