Today's call I knew would go the same way. But we didn't even get that far! Here's what I happened.
Call Centre Chap (CCC): Is it Mrs and so and so?
CCC: Ma'am we are very happy to see that you have spent Rsxxxxx on your railway tickets in the last x years. so we are offering you a card.
Me: (Very surprised at the big number but recovering quickly say) ok....
CCC: Madam do you work for a company?
Me: No I don't work for one company. I work...
CCC: So you are like a housewife or something?
Me: (Very irritated) yeah something like that...
CCC: Then can I talk to your husband? Is Mr R your husband? (referring to my lastname which is my maiden name)
Me: No it isn't my husband.
CCC: Then who is your husband madam? Can you give me his number? We only talk to people working in a company.
It took all my energy to not shout abuses at the chap and I knew it was futile to explain how this was very offensive to me. And so I said "You find out who it is and call him" and hung up.
Where do these guys come from?
I agree that you cannot give credit cards to people with no cash flow in their bank statements. But to make an assumption that I cannot afford a card because I don't work for a "company" is something else. And come to think of it out of the zillions we have spent on railways more than half of it has come from my travels, that was paid for by not one "company" but many of them!
At my age I seriously have no time for people who refuse to use their brains!
And I wonder at this time of economic hardship when jobs are are so difficult to come by how such creatures survive?
UPDATE: This CCC is something else! He called me again next morning and this time V picked up the phone and CCC promptly asks for Mr R! V says wrong number since no Mr R lives with us! Then CCC brightens and asks for me. To me he tells, I called you yesterday. And I say yes you wanted to speak to my husband. So he says yeah so give it to him I want to offer him the card (exact words) I say I don't like the way you talk to me....He hangs up!
I hope someone's listening to this conversation (for QC they say right?) Again...JUST WHERE DO THESE GUYS COME FROM? grrrrrrrrrrrrr