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Unnecessary Outsourcing

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Courtesy of Microsoft Office

Even though I access several news agencies online each day, I remain convinced that there is something meaningful about holding an actual newspaper in one’s hands. And, like ZaydeGiraffe, I especially love to read the local paper. Local news, local flavour, local folks. A great way to connect with one’s environs.

Which might explain why the following phone conversation left me speechless:

Voice: Hello, ma’am. I’m calling on behalf of The Local Paper. How are you today?
FrumeSarah: Wet.
Voice (sounding confused): Wet?
FrumeSarah: Yes, wet. I mean, it’s been raining since Sunday.
Voice (laughing): Oh, I see. It rains here too; every day at 3:00pm for about an hour.
FrumeSarah (sounding confused): Where are you?
Voice: Orlando.

Orlando. Approximately 1,047 miles from The Local Paper. Certainly not local folk doing the telemarketing. And with a nearly 9% unemployment rate here in our valley, certainly they could find someone local who would be happy to make those calls.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. the writ and the wrote permalink
    Thursday, 8 September 2011 10:59 am

    It makes me sad that this is the state of our country right now.

  2. Thursday, 8 September 2011 11:44 am

    It is similar here so don’t move to France! I suppose you’ve got to be grateful they’re not in Mexico or China.

  3. Thursday, 8 September 2011 12:42 pm

    I wonder who owns The Local Paper, then? So many big companies are gobbling up the little guy or even the big guy. Doesn’t someone in Chicago own the LA Times?

    I still miss the Press-Telegram:)

  4. Thursday, 8 September 2011 2:34 pm

    I got that on vacation in Maine. Called to ask about a certain boat tour in Acadia, asked if they thought the weather would be better suited if I waited a day. Turns out they were in Florida too!

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