Have you ever really needed a reason to get out of a dinner, lunch, etc. with someone? I can think of one with you. Oy! Not that you recall of course but you were being so pathetic it was ripping at me and all I could do was sit there and listen! UGGH!
It was awful. Now all I have to do is switch carriers and then pay for someone’s excuse so I can bail on your sorry monkey arse. Of course it’s always nice to listen to your banana tales but sometimes I’ve got other things to do.
Via Cell, Help’s on the Way for Bad Dates
Sun Aug 8,10:57 AM ET
NEW YORK – The peak time for dates from hell in New York City is Friday at 8 p.m. ? judging by the cell phone calls delivering emergency excuses to bolt.
Truth is, they’re fake “rescue” calls ? now being offered by two cell phone providers, Cingular Wireless and Virgin Mobile USA. In an era of Internet-set dates, it’s just customer service ? a hip way to wiggle out of an uncomfortable encounter.
The rescue calls are a way to use the phone as a lifestyle accessory, Virgin Mobile spokeswoman Sarah Koening said.
For both Cingular and Virgin Mobile, the prerecorded messages are created at a high-tech central command in California’s Silicon Valley. There, five people with doctorates in linguistics dream up excuses for folks to repeat before suddenly dropping a date gone sour.
Dan Enthoven, director of marketing for BeVocal, the California company that designs complex voice-driven software for the telecom market, said the number of rescue calls go up on weekends, especially Fridays at about 8 p.m. BeVocal’s two rescue-call clients in North America, Cingular and Virgin Mobile, generate at least 10,000 calls a month, he said.
With both Cingular’s Escape-A-Date and Virgin Mobile’s Rescue Ring service, a customer can arrange to be called at a set time, using the cell keypad.
When the cell rings, one of Cingular’s eight “emergency” messages says: “Hey, this is your Escape-A-Date call. If you’re looking for an excuse, I got it. Just repeat after me, and you’ll be on your way! ‘Not again! Why does that always happen to you? … All right, I’ll be right there.’ Now tell ’em that your roommate got locked out, and you have to go let them in. Good luck!”
And bingo, the bad date is history.
The rescue-call service is part of a Cingular package that costs $4.99 a month. Virgin Mobile offers its Rescue Ring at 25 cents per use, plus the price of the call.