Thursday, December 10, 2009

Times They Are A-Changin'

I received this email from a friend and reader today:

You’ll like this…

So I got a call last night from Rusty Wallis VW where I bought my last car in 2004. Apparently they are going down their list of previous clients and cold calling them to see if they are “due” for a new car. I mentioned that I sold the car in 2006 when my wife and I moved downtown and went down to one car. I said we only needed the one car, and it is in great condition. He responded with, “So, you like…walk to work?” I said “actually, I take the DART, and my wife walks to work”. There was a long pause, and he just said in a defeated tone, “I guess I’ll take you off the list”.

I’m guessing he had a series of responses ready for other rejections. Things like interest rates are down, don’t worry about your credit, we have new financing programs, guaranteed value for your trade-in, we’ll help you out of an “upside down in your loan” situation. But, when came to “I don’t need a car, period”, he was dumbfounded.
The caller's change in tone tells the tale of a changing economy and a worker coming to grips with the fruitlessness of his current job.