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16 Aug 2014 5:41 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Crossposted to Tales from Work board

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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2014 9:35 a.m. PST

So, we were having our local sales meeting yesterday.
I am a contractor selling Comcast Xfinity cable. One of our biggest obstacles to wooing DitecTV customers is their exclusive franchise with the NFL Sinday ticket. All the games as they run.
The NFL is the only sport we are shut out on for season tickets. I would get an average of 3 or 4 extra sales per week if we could get that ticket.
I opined that we would be in trouble if we tried to get exclusive rights because we have not conquered the USA. Yet.
There are other cable providers like Cox, Time Warner, Service Electric etc.

So I said "Let's talk about Cox."
And everybody laughed at me…. Can't imagine why.

Texas Jack16 Aug 2014 11:32 a.m. PST

I just laughed at you too Winston, and I can imagine why. grin

galvinm Inactive Member16 Aug 2014 4:35 p.m. PST

My wife usually gets me the Sunday ticket so my youngest daughter and I can watch our Steelers.

Go Pittsburgh!

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2014 8:03 p.m. PST

One of the smaller radio stations in the area has a traffic and weather guy named Mike Cox. I kid you not. So…

"Coming up at the top of the hour, Mike Cox with your rush hour report."

"Mike Cox will have your weekend forecast after this."

"Mike Cox reporting with your traffic update.."


And if you're wondering, nobody enunciates clearly. It mystifies me.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Aug 2014 7:05 a.m. PST

My wife usually gets me the Sunday ticket so my youngest daughter and I can watch our Steelers.

Go Pittsburgh!


You ill-washed AND unwashed, unclean, heathen!

There are special places in the "hot horrible burny place where people wail in torment and gnash their teeth forever" waiting for the likes of you!!!!

And it's "STEALERS"…not "Steelers"….We mean how we spell it….


Last Hussar18 Aug 2014 1:24 p.m. PST

I worked with a bloke called Mark Hunt. I never realised until I told someone to "speak to Mark Hunt"

tkdguy18 Aug 2014 10:59 p.m. PST

You guys are killing me! laugh

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2014 2:56 p.m. PST

The best name that I've worked with was the Air Combat Command inspector general General Dick I often wondered if he goy the job due to the humorous opportunities

Charlie 12 Inactive Member28 Nov 2014 7:23 p.m. PST

When I worked customer service for a health insurance company, one of the most common calls were from Drs offices asking to verify eligibility and benefits for their patients (so they could get an idea how much we won't pay for their services). To do this, we'd ask for a slew of pat info (patient name, patient insurance ID, Drs name, services to performed, and so on and on….). One day, I got the following call:

Drs Office Manager: 'I need OB/Gyn benefits.'

Me: 'And the Drs name?'

Drs Office Manager: 'Dr. Beaver…'

And I fell out of my chair….

The office manager got the last laugh: 'Hey, she has name recognition….'.

Last Hussar21 Feb 2015 5:50 p.m. PST

Back in the 80's I worked as part of the team trying to bring the one of the first Point Of Sale systems to Britain (possibly the first). We dont think about it now, but this was the idea the till knew the price and the stock levels – all the shops across the South West (this was South West Electricity Board) would be connected, and if someone want a new cooker, say, they would know instantly when the earliest delivery would be – for 1989 this was revolutionary.

Of course this was pre Internet, and the communications were a real sticking point- they were easily overloaded, so only one member of the development team could do a test at a time (we were software- we just needed to get it ready, capacity would be someone else's problem).

So one day the contractor working with us – a Mr Soo – was waiting to do a test.

Then the Manager turned and said

"Mr Soo, you have the comms."

I laughed, and was greeted by blank faces to which I said
"You've never seen Star Trek?"

MarescialloDiCampo Inactive Member10 Mar 2015 12:36 p.m. PST

There's a Cathy Beaver that lives in upstate NY too

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