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1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 2:15 PM


Garbage Truck Rule

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were
driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a
parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his
breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of
the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi
driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really
friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined
your car and sent us to the hospital!' This is when my taxi driver
taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.' He
explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full
of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of
disappointment. As their garbag e piles up, they need a place to dump it
and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just
smile , wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and
spread it to other people at work, at home , or on the streets. The
bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take
over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with
regrets, so... 'Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones
who don't.' Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent
how you take it!

Alvandy  (Level: 225.5 - Posts: 7525)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 2:52 PM

A good reason not to engage in "trash talk".

thanks for the story!

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 3:00 PM

Words to live by, thanks Marsha!

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 6036)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 4:00 PM

Thanks, Marsha! Sounds like a good way to look at life!


Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 5:26 PM

There are exceptions. Telemarketers, for instance, deserve a full load dumped on them.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.3 - Posts: 5295)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 5:53 PM

No they don't, Kaufman. I've been desperate enough in my life to put food on the table for my kids that I did telemarketing. Didn't lilke it, but you know how it is - sometimes you do what you have to do to stay alive.

That's why I always try to be nice but firm with telemarketers. Some of them are rude brats, but I figure many of them are just struggling to make ends meet like I was at one point in my life. Just grateful I don't have to do it now.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 6:02 PM

Telemarketers are one breed, but anyone who works the phones for a collection that's a different matter (apologies to any Sploofer who is a collector). Never got in a screaming match in my 52 years until I had a collection agency tell me they had the "clerk of courts" in the office with them ready to mail the subponea. When I asked what parish they were from (living here in Louisiana) she was so stumped she hung up.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 7:21 PM

You didn't do the 9 AM Saturday gig, did you Pat? We got one of those yesterday. (Just because it's 5:30 PM in Bangalore is no excuse).

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 10:19 PM

Same here Pat....only in those days it was called "Cold Calling"
I sold Cemetery Plots....we'd make an appointments and then
go there to sign the paperwork. One night I was in a hurry to get
home to the kids, and the family could not agree which exact
plots they wanted. I got fed up with the whole thing and asked
them " Which way do you want your feet pointing????"

End of Discussion. No Sale. Look for another job tomorrow....

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 10:31 PM

To get back to Marsh's original point....once I had a dispute
about the charge at a Hotel. As I drove off I smiled and waved
at the receptionist.
The next night I had to unexpectedly go back there, and they
wouldn't let me have a room "because I had made a rude
arm gesture at the receptionist"????
Sometimes you can't win for losing....anyway

Quackinator  (Level: 165.3 - Posts: 151)
Sun, 30th Nov '08 10:35 PM

Thanks for posting this ,it's truly wonderful.
I am going to share it with my staff. It seems that many of my students are "garbage trucks". Sometimes my staff members take the "garbage" too personally.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.3 - Posts: 5295)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 11:08 AM

One telemarketing job was selling memberships in a restaurant's "birthday club." I made pretty good money for those days and got even more if I delivered the membership card to the buyer. Most horrible experience with that was calling a number and when a woman answered I asked for the man whose name was listed in the phone book. The woman burst into tears and said that was her husband's name and he had died just a few months before. Talk about feeling the size of a pinhead.

Another telemarketing job was with an insurance company. I had to start going through the phone book cold calling people to ask when their car insurance expired and if it was in the near future, I then had to try to convince them to set up a time when my employer could come show them his insurance plan. I really hated that job.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 6:12 PM

Salzy, to unburden your load a bit, whenever a telemarketer calls my house and asks for me I tell them "My mom died last week"...if they ask for Vic I tell them he's dead...and fake cry. Did that when I lived at home too.


Barb1111  (Level: 101.9 - Posts: 215)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 7:41 PM

Years ago a friend of mine would tell anyone calling to try and get him to subscribe to the newspaper or magazines that he was blind. It worked well until one offered him the braille version. Me, I just don't answer the phone. Thank goodness for caller id.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 1st Dec '08 8:43 PM

Ok. A disclaimer. If anyone ever called my number at my last home, and I told you that my mom or dad had died, it WAS the truth. (They had that phone number for 50 years and they got calls all the time - people always sounded like they felt so bad. I just told them the truth so they'd take their name off whatever call list they had.)

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