So I'm at lunch with one of my coworkers and this group of seemingly normal middleaged people start filing into the resturant. They all introduced each other sort of in that I've talked to you on the phone but never met you in person sort of way. I thought it was a bit odd but I didn't think much of it. They all sat at this group table and this other guy shows up with a bag and pulls out a laptop and stacks of paper and a box of pens. Ah okay it's some lunch meeting no biggy. That's when everything got really funny.
Continuing with my lunch I notice out of the corner of my eye this guy is now over by the front of the resturant pulling business cards out of the fishbowl in the front. You know the one you drop your business card in to possibly get a free lunch etc? Yeah he's going through them like a deck of cards and PULLING SOME OUT! I'm thinking wow is this guy really fishing for contacts out of the fishbowl!?
So now I'm all curious what's going on. He starts into his little presentation with these people and he's over enunceating everything he's saying. And the rate of speech is very fast. The I want you to hear what I'm saying but I'll talk fast enough not to give you any time to think about what I've said found prodominately in used car salesmen, fanatics, and people who generally hussle people.
I catch a couple of statments this guy is throwing out like "...make sure to fill out a phone number which is most convienent and easiest to reach you on.", "...please make sure to check the box real quick in the middle of the page which saying you'd like a free consultation with a senior advisor, which is me, *chuckle* one on one at a later time.", "... lets thank Sandra for winning everyone a free lunch! *claps*..."
By this point me and my coworkers are just enjoying the floor show. As SOON as this guy gets everyone to fill out this sheet which probably has them give all the personal information you'd be hesitant to give to even your friends he thanks everyone, pays for a cheap lunch, and is off leaving the people to probably digest making a very bad mistake.
We finish our lunch and head back to the office and I put the name into google. With in 2 minutes on the first page I see this...http://www.ameriprisesuck.com/
The part that gets me laughing the most.."Signup for a financial plan to help someone win a free happy hour!"
And to think my feeling of jumping up at lunch and saying "DON'T DO IT! IT'S A SCAM!" would have been the nice thing to do for these people =)