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"Boss man", "girlie", etc?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I got an irritating phone call from an irritating man:

ME: Hello?
HIM: Yeah Girlie, is boss man home?
ME: Not right now can I take a message?
HIM: No girlie, you can't handle it
ME: Was there a message I can relay?
HIM: Yeah, I need a price. P-R-I-C-E
ME: OK...bye!
*slams down phone*

I've explained to him this is demeaning. We have caller ID & I no longer answer for him. I let it go to the machine. This time it was an unknown number or I never would've answered.

IMO, he needs to get with the times & realize I have a name, I am the "office gal" essentially. He talks to my 51 year old mother that way as well. I just wanna thwack him in the head sometimes! He's the same age as my parents for cripes sake...dad doesn't talk to women that disrespectfully....he treats them like women, not objects! (Just FYI-This man's wife doesn't do much without her "escort")
post #2 of 25
Yuck. I wouldn't take his phone call either. He sounds like someone who knows it is demeaning but takes pleasure out of it anyway. There is no way that conversation can be construed as anything but rude.

Tricia
post #3 of 25
Oh, I probably would have told him off. I can't stand it when men act like women are silly frivolous little objects.
post #4 of 25
I can't stand it either - Get some respect

You talk like and idiot, you get treated like one
post #5 of 25
I'm a man and I'd have no time for him either- you can only feel sypathy for his poor wife really
post #6 of 25
I hate clients like that!. I'll get the odd one if i'm taking down their name and number for someone to ring back where they'll say "Can you repeat that number back to make sure you've wrote it down?". If theres one thing i'm good at in the 31 years of doing this job it's taking down a message, because it's not rocket science but i'll repeat the number they give me back so fast even they couldn't grasp it
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I hate clients like that!. I'll get the odd one if i'm taking down their name and number for someone to ring back where they'll say "Can you repeat that number back to make sure you've wrote it down?". If theres one thing i'm good at in the 31 years of doing this job it's taking down a message, because it's not rocket science but i'll repeat the number they give me back so fast even they couldn't grasp it
When they do that to me, like I'm too stupid to be able to take down a simple number, I will repeat it back to them in a very condescending tone.
post #8 of 25
I would have asked who he was refering to when he said "girlie" and "boss man" I would of told this person to never call again.
post #9 of 25
When he said, "no girlie, you can't handle it" that would have been it for me and he wouldn't have gotten any further. I would have said "kiss off buddy" and hung up in a NY second.
post #10 of 25
next time, please hang up the phone at the first girlie.
no need to say anything.
post #11 of 25
ooo i cant stand stuff like that. I used to get that when I worked for the answering service...ugh
post #12 of 25
That's disgusting! I mean, people actually speak like that? Seriously? I would think of something very clever to say and answer the phone the next time he calls. There is nothing people like that hate more than when a woman lands on their feet and comes up with something cleverer than they could have thought up in a month of Sundays.
post #13 of 25
Oh, I dealt with callers like that all the time when I worked for a heating/air conditioning company, where all the servicepeople were men. As part of my job I had to call our parts suppliers to request specific items, and half the time they treated me like a five-year-old ... a very, very simple five-year-old. Umm, hello? I work for this company. Presumably, I know what their products are. Not only can I spell the products, I can identify them and tell you what they do, and even where they go inside a furnace or air conditioner. I'm willing to bet more than 75% of the jerks I talked to couldn't have made the same claim.

I am now very, very good at being condescending without sounding like that's what I'm doing. Unless you can see the bratty look on my face, you would have no idea.
post #14 of 25
ME: Hello?
HIM: Yeah Girlie, is boss man home?
ME: Oh, Mr. Demeaning, I don't handle your account. Can you please call back and leave a message on the machine? Thanks so much!
post #15 of 25
Sometimes you know it's just ignorance... like when a customer calls me "honey"--- he probably didn't even know he was being offensive, as a couple decades ago it'd would've been okay to call me that, or my old boss who called the servers he hired "the girls".

But in the case of the crazy freak show you get on the phone, well. That's not just ignorance or old-fashionedness. I'm sure he's also abusive, some way or another, to his wife. I wouldn't talk to him either. Do your bosses know what's going on with him? Maybe they wouldn't even want him as a customer anymore, and you wouldn't have to deal with him
post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 
My boss is my dad & he knows the guys a jerk, but he's self employed, small business man & has to take whatever work he can get. This will be a particularly nice sale for the amount of work involved(basically, good $$ for not much work, it's all in the supplies).

Dad asked me to hold my tongue until after they're done with the job. Many places do not want to deal with this man...I worked at the bank for awhile & we fought over who had to wait on him as he's a jerk.
post #17 of 25
Can you secretly take a photo of him, blow it up, and use it as a dart board?
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Can you secretly take a photo of him, blow it up, and use it as a dart board?
I wouldn't want to look at his ugly face all the time! I truly do not understand why his wife married him....
post #19 of 25
I have a client similar to that loser. He's REALLY smarmy, calls me sweetheart and darlin' and has made comments to me that would get him sued if he were my boss. But he is one of the companies oldest longstanding clients, and I have no choice to be nice to him.

I always feel like I have to go take a shower after talking to him, he is SO slimy.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Can you secretly take a photo of him, blow it up, and use it as a dart board?
Or get it printed onto toilet paper? Or better still, line your cat's litter tray with his pic ha ha!
post #21 of 25
That phone call would have gone slightly different with the Wookie (and yes, I am a "girlie" ):

ME: Hello?
HIM: Yeah Girlie, is boss man home?
ME: Not right now, moron. Do you have enough brain cells to leave a message?
HIM: No girlie, you can't handle it.
ME: I'm sorry. Did you say you're a MORON? Or was it IDIOT?
HIM: Yeah, I need a price. P-R-I-C-E
ME: What, now? Moron? Is that spelled "M-O-R-O-N"?
*slams down phone*

Needless to say, I'd probably be fired. But, it would be fun while it lasted.
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
O-M-G! Today was Easter....& the smartie pants(there are other words I'd like to use for him ) called my dads cell phone...THREE TIMES! Once when we were in church, once while we were having easter as an aunts & again tonight. Dad just looked at the call & silenced it.

Dad called him later tonight & told him he cannot call that much. He was not polite about it either. Also mentioned that the degrading way he talked to his family really upset him & that in the future he(my dad) might not be willing to work with "Mr. Pompous". Atta boy dad!
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
O-M-G! Today was Easter....& the smartie pants(there are other words I'd like to use for him ) called my dads cell phone...THREE TIMES! Once when we were in church, once while we were having easter as an aunts & again tonight. Dad just looked at the call & silenced it.

Dad called him later tonight & told him he cannot call that much. He was not polite about it either. Also mentioned that the degrading way he talked to his family really upset him & that in the future he(my dad) might not be willing to work with "Mr. Pompous". Atta boy dad!
I suspect your dad is well aware of the 80-20 rule: 80% of the problems are caused by 20% of the clients -- and that some clients you really do need to allow to go to the competition. Well done on your dad's part.
post #24 of 25
Well, I was going to say that sometimes you need to bite your tongue when it is work related and just be polite...but it sounds like Dad handled the jerk. Good luck if he calls again.
post #25 of 25
Give your Dad a pat on the back for me. I'm sure it was difficult for him being that the man is a lucritive customer. He put his family ahead of that. Good for him!
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