By Wai-yee Schmidt
Date of Harvest: February 1st, 2017
Don't you just hate it when the phone rings, and it is one of those unwanted calls from cold call salespeople? I don’t know about you, but when I pick up one of these calls, so very often, my flesh instinct is to say abruptly, ‘Not interested!’ and hang up.
A few weeks before Christmas last year, I was cornered by a very persuasive young man on the phone with a pretty convincing sell. He was representing a society for the visually impaired a.k.a. the blind, and was working the phone lines to get the typical pre-Christmas donations. He said he was selling some household products and the proceeds would go to a particular association for the blind, located in the north of Germany. He was very polite, warm and friendly. He even had his supervisor speak to me to authenticate the call, and whether I had any issues with his telephone manners, which were certifiably superb. However, the toilet rolls were ridiculously overpriced at 250 Euros for 100 rolls, but since it’s Christmas, I thought …’Freely you have received, freely give.’ So I caved in. The toilet rolls came in a pristine condition, and as promised, they were soft and bouncy to the touch ????. P.S. if you are wondering by now if this is a scam, it isn’t. We checked the information on the website, and the practice in Germany is, I don’t have to pay until the goods are delivered.