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Do you think I can win American Idol?

Alright so the call center I worked was a surveyor one, we would dial up random people and ask them to complete our survey.

This one time I was dialing up a number and whoever was on the other side picks up. I say what’s mandatory, “Hello my name is [insert name], I’m calling from SRI to conduct a quick 5 minute survey about [whatever was the topic that day, which I dont remember]….

Right before continuing the person who at this time I can identify as a male that was driving and was probably gay considering how he introduced himself, imagine a very gay male man with a screeching voice.

Anyways he says, “look kid, I’ll complete your stupid survey only if you hear me sing and honestly tell me if I have a chance at winning American Idol.”

I say, “Okay sure! I’ll hear you out”.

He now starts singing, god it was so appalling and dreadful. I had to mute my mic and start laughing at how bad this person was. Anyways his ear-pearcing singing stops.

He asks, “Sooo, be honest, do you think I can beat the auditions and win American Idol???”

“Yeah, I think you got a decent shot.”

I make sure to respond with a confident tone, it is always the best choice to response with confidence in this type of job.

“You’re lying, be honest with me and tell me if I can really make it?”

Me Totally lying: “Well, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best either. Like everyone, you can still improve.”

“Wow that’s really mean of you!”

“Well you told me to be honest”.

At this point I didn’t care if he completed or not the survey, I actually didn’t want to keep talking to him for the remainder of the survey, however, I did get payed commission for completing a survey, so I stayed on the line.

“Yeah, but that was mean of you to say that!”

“Sorry, I just didnt want to lie to you (so ironic), so can we move on to the survey?”

“NOOO! SCREW YOU KID AND YOUR DAM SURVEY! YOU RUINED MY DREAM OF MAKING IT BIG!!!!”

I just reply with a bland general response, “I am sorry, is there a better time we can call….[cuts me off]

“SHUT UP! DONT EVER CALL ME AGAIN!!”. Then proceeds to cut the call.

And just like that, the call was over. Screw that guy. Hope he doesn’t make it.

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