Thursday, June 11, 2009

I Love Old People

Conversation I had last night with a customer over the phone:

Him: "Well, tell you what. I'm out the door to work in 12 minutes. Then when I get home we are going on a 2 week vacation. So you either sell this thing to me now, or never. Your choice, miss."

Me: "That's fine, sir. I just do need to ask for eligibility purposes, are you between the ages of 18 and 69?"

Him: "Let me ask you. Where were you in 1973?"

Me: "Um... I guess I would have been about 13 years from being born, sir."

Him: "Uh-huh. Well I was over in Vietnam that year. So I assure you I ain't no 18, that's for sure!"

Me: "Well, that's just fine then! Now, I also need to ask, have you in the past 2 years been diagnosed or treated by a medical doctor for any serious illness such as cancer?"

Him: "Not cancer... but see, I was diagnosed by a doctor as crazy."

Me: "Oh... really."

Him: "Yeah. I'm crazy for going to the same damn job that I hate for 14 years. Oh, and I have an addiction too. Apparently, I'm addicted to putting food on the table for my family, and for wanting a roof over my head. The nerve of me!"

Me: "Well, sir... I would imagine a lot of Americans could have that same diagnosis."

And we made that sale in 7 minutes! This is why I love old people.