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madbodger: I bought a HD TiVo and wanted to hook it: Side rant on automated attendants. If I key in my phone number, I'm annoyed when I have to key it in again, and then say it to whoever answers. Worse, some attendants won't LET me key in information. I have to SAY it. Since they're only available during business hours, I have to call from at work. Since I work at the customer's site, I have no privacy. And these automated attendants get more and more creative about the stuff they want you to say out loud in a crowded room.

I imagine some nut like baronmind works for them, coming up with progressively more bizarre things you have to say out loud to get anything. Reading a credit card number is bad enough. Saying things like "YES ...... YES ...... CUSTOMER SERVICE ....... CUSTOMER SERVICE!..... FIVE SEVEN BAKER THREE ALPHA OMEGA ZERO ZERO ....... YES ...... NO ....... CABLE ....... NEW SERVICE ...... YES........ SEVEN FOUR ZERO DESTRUCT ZERO ..... PAPA INDIA MLENDY GRACKLE BORGWARD ONE ...." tends to garner some interesting stares. What's next?

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