My last job was customer service and "soft" collections for a student loan company. Yes, receiving a call from any company with a bill is bad; yes, I know we call during dinner sometimes. We don't know your eating schedule. But student loans are guaranteed by the government, and trust me -- you'd rather deal with a private company than the government when it comes to late bills.<P>I had customers yell at me, curse at me, threaten my life, question my legitimacy, ask what I was wearing, tell me to stop chewing gum while I was on the phone with them (I rarely chew gum, and never when I'm on the phone), explain to me how their grandfathers came to this country to avoid <i>exactly the type of harassment I was perpetuating</i> (really? They were receiving legitimate non-soliciting phone calls at a reasonable hour from an American student loan company in Italy in 1932?), and even sing to me.<P>Yes, sing to me. Specifically, a Russian immigrant sang soem Backstreet Boys to me as part of his explanation for why his bill was late.<P>I dunt keer khoooooo yooooo arr,
Vhere yooooo frum
Ez lung ez yooo luff me.<P>(Eh? Vhat yoo tink?)<P>--Strange/Dave<P>------------------
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Neurotic -- sane, but unhappy about it.