JournalismPakistan.com July 1, 2013
I can’t believe some folks. There is this guy who cannot make his own phone calls. Bet you know someone like that. One of those trumped up twits with a fancy designation who makes his secretary call and put you on hold. Then his loftiness deigns to come on the line. Okay, from the office doing it that way or through the operator, imagine it is acceptable at a pinch but asking your domestic help to dial a number when you are home and then being handed the receiver is not only ‘high handed’ it’s downright rude.
How come such people do not figure out that this is right bad conduct? You are not that important, and the irony is the truly important don’t behave like that, they don’t need to shore up their mangy little egos.
Then there is the guy who gives you missed calls. If you want to speak to me, mate, spend a little money. Two rings and it is off and you are sort of looking at the number and wondering, who is it that has called three times, so curiosity wins out and you dial and it is a friend….thanks a lot.
But the one who really goes up my nose is the fellow who takes a second call while talking to you then comes back on and tells you to take a hike you are less important than the new person and he puts the phone down on you promising to call back later. That never happens. The calling back later is a myth. Fact is he ran out on you. Like you had been dumped and you feel such a chump.
The one other mystery is the secretarial refusal to give out the boss’s mobile number. Why does he carry three of them if he won’t share the number? I guess it is like air miles, you have to earn the right to that privilege.
And to end this harangue on a funny note what of the person who begins chatting all buddy-buddy and you don’t know who they are and they are so intimate you cannot ask so you talk ten minutes and still don’t know who you talked to.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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