Angela Wybrow

Bronze Star - 2,075 Points (Salisbury, Wilts, UK)

Cold Calling - Poem by Angela Wybrow

My day started off well, but very rapidly began to turn sour,
When a company ‘cold-called’ five times in the space of an hour.
With their business practice, I was extremely far from impressed,
And their persistent calling soon began to cause me much stress.

The Asian sounding gentleman at the other end of the phone,
Politely introduced himself as somebody called Geoffrey Jones.
Whenever the phone rang after that, it, I would purposely ignore,
Worried that it was the same company calling me again once more.

They said my credit limit on my card had been raised,
But by this claim, I felt unsure and really rather phased.
So I checked my last statement and as far as I could tell,
Everything seemed in order and everything seemed well.

The man told me I was due three thousand pounds compensation.
I felt rather surprised and confused by this baffling information.
Part of me wondered if someone at my bank had made a mistake,
While part of me thought that this company probably was a fake.

When the man rang me back again, I interrupted his rapid flow,
And asked him, under which trading name his company goes.
So I typed in the company's name and looked them up online;
Soon discovering that the problem was far from being only mine!

On forums online, about the company, many people complained,
Saying that they had rung them persistently and they were a pain.
Calls from this company had filled people with worry and fear,
And many people warned other forum members to steer clear.

Cold calling is really annoying and even one phone call is bad enough,
But if they persistently ring you, it’s easy to end up in a right old huff.
The last time they called me, I was angry and, my words, I didn’t mince,
And, fingers crossed, I haven’t heard from that company again since.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 2, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, September 2, 2011

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