While here at home, I got a phone call this afternoon:
"Hello! This is not a sales call. Please stand by for an important announcement. Someone will be with you shortly..."
On hearing that, my first thought was "Not a sales call, huh? Sure... and Santa Clause is going to bring me lots of presents this year..." - but I waited, anyway.
Several seconds go by, and I hear "Hello! This is not a sales call. Please..." (you know the rest).
Query to self: "If it's so damn important, why the hell isn't a Human Bean making the call instead of this damn 'bot?"
A few seconds more, and it's time for the not-a-sales-call 'bot again.
Query to self:"If it's an announcement, why not just tell me, instead of going through all this bullshit?"
Seconds tick by, and I get another not-a-sales-call.
Query to self:"This is 'shortly'? If I hear that damn 'bot again, I'm hanging up..."
On hearing the next "Hello! This is not a sales call...", I did hang up.
Clearly, whoever the hell told that farookin' machine to call me has a different idea of what constitutes "important", "announcement", and "shortly". If they really want to talk to me, they'll call back.
Otherwise... fuck 'em.