When I think of outsourcing, I think of big business. I think of the manufacturing of auto parts and assembly line products being produced in a foreign country to lower the expense of the product. I think of shoes, many which are created with American parts and shipped to China to be assembled there. What I don’t think of is the outsourcing of a nearby newspaper.
I mean, come on. Is your first thought whenever you hear the voice and accent of someone from India, that you’re going to get the score of yesterday’s Little League baseball pool result game or that you’re planning to be told which organization is holding the Pot Luck dinner to improve funds for uniforms for your child’s senior school marching band? No, it’s not.
My first thought was that I got the wrong number so I hung up and dialed it again. And once more, I was wear hold and once more, I got a woman from India taking requires the Circulation Department of a nearby newspaper.
When she asked me how she may help me I shared with her that I would like her to avoid the newspapers from being brought to my home because I can’t bend right down to retrieve them and that when they are allowed to pile up in the driveway, it causes it to be look like the house is abandoned.
It went in one ear and out one other ear. She kept telling me that the newspapers are complimentary and I kept telling her I don’t want them. Then she said that she would need to lookup the data from my subscription before she could cancel the order and I shared with her that I don’t have a subscription. She said, “You must have a membership; you’ve been receiving our newspapers for a year” and I shared with her, “I’ve never had a membership and I don’t want to get your newspapers.”
Does the typical American cringe when one of these simple online ads wants the annual income of anyone? Probably, but only if a totally free gift isn’t being given away.
It doesn’t seem to produce any difference how smart a person is, the lure of having something for nothing overrides a person’s common sense and he is quite ready to divulge personal information as a swap for getting something free. And, on one other hand, he is able to be heard railing against the us government for invading his privacy.
With this particular at heart, I shouldn’t have been too surprised that the woman from India in charge of the Circulation Department of our local newspaper kept emphasizing that the newspaper is complimentary as reasons for not stopping delivery. She must have thought, “Stupid American. I shared with her that it’s free and she still doesn’t want it.”
No surprise we’ve this unfavorable reputation all over the world notwithstanding what our politicians could have us believe. We’re usually viewed as arrogant and grasping, taking items that don’t belong to us and building our fortunes on the backs of our workers.
by Connie H. Deutsch
Connie H. Deutsch can be an internationally known business consultant and personal advisor who has a keen knowledge of human nature and is an all-natural problem-solver. She is famous across the world for helping clients find workable methods to complex problems.
Connie has hosted her own weekly radio show, been a regular guest on a morning radio show, done guest spots on radio shows around the nation, and appeared as a guest on a cable television show. Connie wrote a regular newspaper Advice Column for sixteen years and has been invited to speak at local colleges and given lectures around the country. She also wrote the scripts for a regular financial show on cable television.