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I’m sometimes hesitant when the phone rings and it says the call is from ‘overseas’.

callI pick up and answer and there is silence – I know I’ve just been dialed by an automated system and in a few seconds someone with an Indian accent will gleefully tell me that I have been selected for some special service’?.

… wait for it’?

‘Hello, I’d like to speak to the owner of the business please?’

‘Yes. What can I do for you?’

‘As you are a Telstra business customer, I am happy to tell you that ‘? blah, blah, blah’ – he gets his first line out before my response:

‘That’s incredible; you just said word for word exactly what someone else said to me on a call only two days ago!’

His response: ‘Ok forget it’ ‘? ‘click’

Baffled: I was only telling him the truth, a lovely Indian lady did ring me on Monday and say word for word what he said!

Some jobs must be very demoralising.