Friday, May 15, 2009

FamilyOfEightSaysWhat?

Got a call the other night from a rep promoting some package deals at a hotel chain. Always looking for a good deal, I decided to listen to her pitch. So she got all my information and told me they were offering special promotions in Orlando. That's great, I told her, b/c we were thinking we might try to get down to Disney next year. The gist of our conversation follows:

Rep: Disney? So do you have kids?
Me: Yes, we do.

Rep: How many?
Me: 6.

Rep: 6. Oh................
Rep: 6?
Me: Yes, 6.

Rep: Would you be taking all of them?
Me: Uhhhh ....well, yes.

Rep: All 6?
Me: Yes, all 6.

Rep: I'm afraid we don't have any rooms that can accomodate that many people.
Me: Yes, I know, we generally get 2 adjoining rooms when we stay at a hotel.

Rep: Well we do have a beautiful 2 room suite with a kitchenette that sleeps 10
Me: That sounds wonderful, can you tell me more about that?

Rep: Well we can only put 5 people in there.
Me: I thought you said it sleeps 10.

Rep: Well yes, but because of fire codes we can only allow 5.
Me: ...............

Rep: You're sure you would be taking ALL the kids?
Me: Which ones would you suggest I leave behind?

Rep: Tense, polite laughter.
Rep: We also have some lovely rooms available in Las Vegas. Maybe just you and your husband would be interested in hearing about that?
Me: Well, it sounds like a nice idea but I don't think we'd be able to take advantage of an offer like that.

Rep: Why not?
Me: 6 kids (think Abbott and Costello, First Base)

Rep: ........Uh......well I'm sorry we won't be able to help you at this time, but if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-large-families-confuse-us.

16 comments:

  1. That just made me laugh. I have had so many conversations that went a little bit like this! We have 5!

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    1. We've got to laugh, right Mama Sadie Bell? Either laugh or cry!

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    2. Has this rep not heard of No Child Left Behind?

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  2. What an idiot. Not a very good sales person. Perhaps all 6 of your kids can go stay with him while you and your husband live it up in Vegas!

    Came to you from #FindingTheFunny

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    1. Steph, I love your idea (taking notes). Thanks for coming by!

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  3. LOL! Anne I would not have had any problem hanging up on her after she asked, "Who's on first?" for the third time. LOL!!

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  4. Wait - the whole sleeps 10, but only 5 can be there is just plain crazy. LOL. Gotta love telemarketers.

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  5. Hilarious! You have to laugh or you'd scream. Sleeps 10 but actually 5...um what?? (TALU)

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  6. Reading this was a GREAT way to start my morning! We have three kids - and would always try and cram into one room on vacation. It was a nightmare, but made for good memories. Thanks for TALU!

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  7. Ha! I love it when a telemarketer gets stumped and has to go off-script. Lovely job!
    We once looked into going to a Great Wolf lodge. They thought it was perfectly reasonable to pay $700 for a one night stay. And no adjoining rooms, so husband and I would't even be together with the kids.
    We don't even bother telling hotel folks how many kids we have. We have run into too many sleeps 10, can only have 5 situations. We sleep 10, thank you very much.

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  8. my brain hurts! how can it sleep 10 if they only allow 5? can't you cram 5 into a regular room with 2 queens and a cot anyway? Love how you handled it though! "Which ones would you suggest I leave behind?" classic!
    TALU

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  9. That is both ridiculous and hilarious! People are nuts--and by people, I mean telemarketers. #TALU

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  10. NO WAY! Ha, that is hilarious! You really can't make that stuff up... #TALU

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  11. That's crazy about the fire codes - wouldn't you think that would have been a consideration when creating that 10-person room???

    The thought of adjoining rooms really brought me back. I remember when I was 4 or 5, my Dad would go out of state on jobs a lot, and we would sometimes head out to meeting him and spend a few days. I always felt like such a bigshot with my sister and I having our own room. At least until we wanted to go in the pool at one such place and the manager was insisting I put on a life jacket!! My inner diva was having NONE of that! I thought my mother would strangle me. I get it now - no lifeguard, my mother couldn't swim, and I was just a little thing, but as far as I was concerned, I was a big girl {a/k/a brat} who could swim all by herself. ;)

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  12. What a strange turn to say the suite sleeps 10, but you can only bring 5 (???). And then to suggest you only some of them, lol. TALU

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  13. Haha! Thanks for all the terrific comments, everyone, you had me laughing, too!

    XOXOXO!

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