NWR Newsletter 2017 V5_Newsletter 16OCT17 - Page 27

his laughter, the man asked “What did you say this survey was about?” I replied “Gasoline!” He then shrieked to his audience “It’s for gasoline!” which seemed to tip them all into total insanity. When he regained his composure, he gasped “I thought you said it was for Vaseline”. When I re-read some of the questions I had asked it appeared I was making an obscene phone call and they were having great fun going along with it. The supervisor sitting at the front of the room was glaring at me wondering why I found the survey so amusing. Trying to control myself, I said “Well, I’ve nearly finished so would you mind finishing the survey”. It got worse, as every question I asked sounded quite rude, and the five of us were totally losing control. I gasped the last questions, thanked them for their time, and as I hung up could hear them still shrieking. They are probably still telling this story as am I, so many years later. Needless to say that was the last night I went to that job as I could never have asked the questions again without getting hysterical. Please be patient with the poor worker if you get a survey call, and make sure you clarify immediately what the topic is! Trish Copeland