Clean Air

Air purifier sales guy at the door, wanting me to listen to a sales pitch.

Me: “You know, I’m really not interested in your product.”

Him: “You’re not interested in air purification?”

Me: “No. I think I’m good with what I got here.”

Him: “You’ve already got an air purifier installed?”

Me: “Nope.”

Him: “Then you don’t have clean air!!”

Me: “We just open the windows.”

Him: boggles at that concept.

Me: hands him back his ‘free promotional gift’, and sends him away…

Well, there was a bit more to the conversation than that, but this was the gist of it. The guy really shouldn’t have said that about not having clean air unless we have his product installed, and shouldn’t have been so patently shocked at the concept of getting clean air from outside (you know, that big place where there is trees and lakes and mountains and stuff, right there in plain sight). If it hadn’t been for that, I might have felt far more guilty for not listening to him and might have let him and his trainee buddy come in the house and waste my time.

As is, I felt sufficiently stupid for having falling for their line in the first place and given them my address to come bother me at (a.k.a. deliver the ‘free gift’ which I ‘won’ in their ‘draw’). Stupid enough to be very rude to a fellow who phoned me just afterwards with the “I’m from Windows Customer Support” lie. I had an almost knee-jerk reaction, just spat out an irritated “Oh never mind!!” and hung up on him in mid-sentence. I mean, I don’t do that sort of thing normally – I always at least wait until I can get a word in edgewise. But today I was just too fed up.

I hate it when someone makes me be rude. Although really, that’s about the only possible reaction to the rudeness of being called up and lied to with the sole purpose of getting at my money (which is not much better than theft, when it comes down to it). Still, I hate it, and it makes me feel bad.

However, I think I need to just take a deep breath and get over that feeling. Excuse me for a moment while I step over to the balcony door, open it up and take in a big lungful of that impure stuff out there. If I don’t come back, you’ll know I expired from all the oxygen generated by those dirty trees in the vicinity of our house.

Life, the Universe, and Clean Air. Quite enough for today.

clean air
Can’t you tell how dirty the air is outside my windows?

7 thoughts on “Clean Air”

  1. We have call display for the sole purpose of screening out those ‘free gift’ and ‘windows support’ (to a houseful of Mac!!!) calls. Because I just can’t trust myself not to be rude to those folks trained not to let go until they’ve heard the third no. I worked the phones, back in the day. It’s better for both of us if I just don’t answer the call. Enjoy that dirty air!

  2. Okay, I need to share your pain here for a moment, and let you know that I am coming to the realization that there is a place in society for rude retorts. But, let’s not call them that. “Rude” bears with it such ugly connotations, and doesn’t it always seem that the one who is “rude” (in speech only) is the one who is automatically the “bad guy” in the situation? Instead, let’s call it “assertive verbal self defense (AVSD)” because sometimes, that’s what it is. And also, some people NEED to be on the receiving end of this AVSD in order to know that THEY are in the wrong.

    Case in point… My husband and I have registered our home number with Telus on their “no call” list. This is a service offered by Telus to inhibit telemarketing calls–you know, the ones that always call when you are sitting down to dinner… Well, my hubby and I had enough of it last year, when we received 6, SIX!, sales calls while we were trying to eat our supper. Six telemarketers called us within a space of about 45 minutes. It was way out of control–and those are just the calls we had during the dinner hour. We started by getting call display, but that didn’t stop the phone from ringing. Finally, we found out about the “no call” list and we gratefully signed up. That cut our calls down by at least 75%. The rest we just screened.

    So, the other day, Telus called us. We just had a new service put in, so we thought maybe this call had something to do with a follow up about the service–do we like it, etc. Nope. It was some guy calling us from India to sell us something for Telus. This is exactly when I lost my mind. At least, I think I did, because the next thing I knew, my poor husband was presenting me with a glass of wine and asking me to breathe deeply. Thankfully, my husband had answered the phone, because it could have been worse…much worse.

    What I wanted desperately to do was to inform Telus very sharply that the “no call” list applies to THEIR telemarketers too. And using AVSD methods to get my point across to them. It infuriates me that they gave our number to telemarketers when we are on the list that they set up to protect us from exactly what they did!! But, I am horrified by being “rude.” I think some of us are kind of programmed to believe the AVSD method is argumentative and anti-social. I am beginning to rethink some of that conditioning. I may just put in a call to Telus now. I’d actually like them to explain themselves.

    Whew!! I feel better now. Lol! So you go right ahead, A. Sharpen those AVSD skills, and freely breathe the air you want to breathe in peace and without someone invading your space to question your choices. And that is my rant for today. 😉

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    1. Wow. Really? REALLY?? This is such a great comment on this, I’m leaving it up. But not giving Mr Spammer the satisfaction of leaving his link or name up, too; I’d hate to give him ANY business.
      But thank you, sir, for making my point for me more effectively.

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