I must preface the discussion with a side note. I recently read a good article about foreign customer service centers. These are large call centers where people are paid pretty much slave wages to answer phones and take orders. The article argued that the best way to get jobs back into the US is to request to be transferred to an operator in the US. Doing so will encourage the employer to bring back jobs from overseas. In addition, they are required to transfer you. Or so the article stated. Here is my phone call. After going through a few menus, I was transferred to a person. The person answered in an obviously Asian accent and the following conversation ensued.
Hello, customer service. (the terrible female accent is a dead giveaway)
Hi. Where are you located?
We are in (unrecognizable), Philippines.
Oh. Could you please transfer me to a representative in the United States please?
Are you calling for a business of under 49 employees?
No I’m not. Please transfer me to a representative in the United States.
Are you looking to buy new computers?
I would like to be transferred to a call center in the US please.
I need to get some more information in order to process the call. What type of computers would you like?
I would be happy to discuss that information with someone in the United States. Please transfer me.
Please transfer me to a sales representative in the US.
I want to talk to someone in the US. Please transfer me now.
You’re going to have to call the 800 number again.
I already called this number twice. I would like to be transferred to sales in the US.
No, I won’t be doing that.
Really. Um, OK. I would like to talk to your manager.
Please transfer me to you manager.
No. Are you deaf?
Are you deaf?
Are you kidding… What is your name?
What is your employee number?
I don’t have that information.
I want to talk to your manager.
Really. First you insult me, and then you lie to me. Please transfer me to your manager NOW.
You can call the 800 number again.
No, I don’t want to call the 800 number again.
Hello? Did you hang up on me? Transfer me to the US.
Shortly after this charade, I hung up. At this point, it was after 5pm. Calling the 800 number again kept sending me to a message informing me the business was closed, and the hours of operation. So let me get this all straight.
Multi-national Corporation stops answering phones at exactly 5PM – check
Call centers halfway around the world – check
Rudest, most disrespectful sales associate I’ve ever dealt with – check
Yea. DELL has lost my business for good. Hello HP!