Monday, June 23, 2008


I HATE conversations like the following:

(Setting--dialing a number)

Voice on the other end--"Thank you for calling ________. We hope that this menu will serve you. If you are calling for __________, press 1. If you are calling for ________, press 7...and if you would like to speak to a representative, please press 9.

I press "9".

Voice on the other end: "Please let us know the reason why you are calling. In one word, let us know the reason for your call."

Me: "Checking"

Other Voice: "We could not understand your answer. Please say it again."

Me: "C-H-E-C-K-I-N-G"

Other Voice: "Did you say, 'checking?' If so, say, "Yes."

Me (talking loud at this point): "YES!!!"

Other Voice: "Okay. We are going to transfer you to a representative."

And the cycle continues.

I am in the process of writing a petition to the Supreme Court to ban automated voices on the telephone. Would you be in support of my petition? (I'm really not writing one, but it does sound like a good idea.)
I'm grateful that communicating with God doesn't go through automation.


Olivia said...

I would be the signature after your's and Kayci's!

Note: This is being written as sit listen to an automated voice on the other end of the phone line.

Stoney said...

Hello. Thank you for calling the US Supreme Court. For Chief Justice Roberts, press 1. For Justice Stevens, press 2 . . . To file a petition, press 9.

Good idea. It would eliminate alot of frustration for sure.

phil said...

When I always hear those automated voices that respond to my request, two thoughts usually surface in my mind. The first is recognizing how advanced we have become with technology, but the second thought usually brings a rather eerie feeling, because my mind lingers to scenes in the movie “I Robot.” You know, where our technology begins to turn against us. Sometimes it can be pretty creepy to hear the automated voices respond.

Anonymous said...

Automated response .... are we talking worship service here (3 songs, pray, 2 songs, communion, etc.....)?

Josh Ross said...

You peeps are cracking me up.

Phil, I love when people refer to Will Smith movies. :)