During my years at The Baron York Tea Room, because it was housed in the historic building where the Standard Telephone first brought the modern invention to the North Georgia mountains, I used a replica of an old dial phone. (After using my cell phone for about a year.) In our local paper, I shared an experience I had and would like to re-share with you.
Never assume caller is a telemarketer
To the editor:
I realize that there are people who need to make a living by working for telemarketing companies. But, it is frustrating to get telemarketing calls or sales calls at your busiest times -dinner time, walking out the door time- and I’ve learned a trick to avoid the disturbances.
If there is a silent pause after answering the phone it is probably a computer-generated call. After the second of silence, I hang up,. Also if there is a background noise of many voices also making calls, I hang up before the caller speaks.
After almost a year, I finally got a land line at the Baron York , ironically the location of the first telephone in the area and the beginning of the modern phone company. I was excited when it rang for the first time…until I found out it was a sales person. The second ring….a sales person. They seemed to call at the busiest time..the lunch crunch!
But, never assume that a “radio or TV voice” is a slaesperson. Today, Oct. 28, 2004, I answered the phone, “Baron York.”
“May I speak with the owner, ” said the smooth, rich voice.
In my frustration I responded, “This is a cafe and lunch time is a very busy time to call.” I was satisfied that I had put that unthinking salesperson in his place. Until…meekly he replied, “Well, I guess I’ll place my order somewhere else.”
I ended my letter to the editor:
If you are that person who called, I’m sorry. My rotarty dial phone doesn’t do *69.
Hoping for forgiveness.
Dea Irby, owner
The Baron York