So a few days ago I got a call from a telemarketer for a theatre I sometimes work for. This happens sometimes. I frequently end up on the mass mail lists of organizations I work for. Usually when I explain that I don’t really buy tickets and well, I work for the organization or one like it and I really don’t make enough to give them any back, they say thanks for your time and hang up. This guy was really persistent. He wanted me to donate $250- which is about 2 weeks worth of gas, groceries, and other necessities. That’s ridiculous. Then he wanted to know if I understood that tickets only supplied a portion of their operating costs. Just what part of “I work in the Arts” did he not get? I know where my paycheck comes from and I know what it takes to keep performing arts organizations in business. I’ve worked for too many that couldn’t stay afloat. I found myself yelling, which makes me really unhappy and I had to hang up to shut him up.
What makes a telemarketer think he can still make the sale after the customer has started yelling at him? That’s way beyond having a can do attitude.
What I should have done was ask him if he was donating $250 from his paycheck to the theatre.
I also got, last week, a postcard from another theatre I work for asking me to send in my donation now so they won’t have to call me this week to demand ask for one. That’s blackmail.
But this time the laugh is on them. There’s no one home. I’m in dress rehearsals.