"Hello," I said doubtfully, as I did not recognize the number displayed.
A cold, recorded female voice replied, "Please hold, for an important business call," followed by about 2 seconds of silence before I hung up the handset in disgust.
In what kind of pathetic culture do I live that such an approach has any chance whatsoever of success?!?
Are we a nation of sheep, ladies and gentlemen? Are we so without pride that we will obey the command of some anonymous robot when it asks us to hold? Hold! For what? For how long? 1 minute? 5 minutes? An hour?
The telephone is your servant, people, not your master; we would all do well to remember that.
All right, that's it. I'm off to to compensate for the exercise I've just finished.