Verizon and "Dumb is Forever"

My experience with an unprepared door-to-door, aggressive salesperson who should really learn how to say, :"do you want fries with that?"

     A couple of nights ago, around 8:00 PM, the doorbell ran.  "Who is it?"  A muffled voice answered "Verizon."  We said, "if it's important come back when it is daylight."  So, two days later, the doorbell rang around 4:30 PM.  Still daylight.  "Who is it?"  "Verizon."  So I opened the door and a "young blond woman" said that she was from Verizon and did we want to save some money with our Verizon bill.

     I asked what we had to do to save the dough, and she then pulled out a small computer and started entering data.  At that point, a young man came by and she asked him for "the code."  I bristled.  It was cold.  The door was open.  She was sitting on my steps.  "Why weren't you prepared?"  I asked.  "You knew you were coming here.  You should have had this all done before you rang my bell."

     "I am prepared," she said.

     I changed the subject and said "where did you go to school?"  She said that she graduated from Temple and when prodded, she said that she majored in PR.  Then she asked me what kind of work I did.  I told her that she would never understand.

     I hung around the open door, a little longer until I was really freezing, and I saw that she was no closer to telling me how much I could save if I did something that she never revealed. Then I told her never to come back and shut the door.

     If she thought that she was going to make a sale, or sign me up, or earn a commission by irritating me, she was very wrong.

     I have to agree with Judge Judy:  beauty fades, dumb is forever.

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Richard Weisgrau February 24, 2013 at 04:03 AM
It does not sound like a legitimate Verizon person. Did you call Verizon to see if they actually had someone making house sales calls?
Selma Davis February 24, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Both she and he were wearing Verizon id tags and, after they left, I called Verizon, furious, and Verizon apologized and said that no one would come to my house again.
Richard Weisgrau February 24, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Wow, that does make Verizon look bad in my eyes. It iS bad enough that they send me mailings and emails to subscribe to FIOS when I already have FIOS. If those folks show up on my doorstep, I will soon be a Comcast customer.
jules begaincs March 05, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Three times this week, after dark, Xfinity has been knocking on my door. The guy gets ticked off when I say, "No thanks" and refuse to open my door. Penn Wynne is constantly having people come door to door. Not only is it annoying, but it isn't safe. Also: There is a guy that comes every week asking to rake our yard; we have kindly told him "No thanks" at least ten times..... I want him to go away from my house; he makes me feel uneasy.


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