The Enterprising Salesman

A friend, on a visit from Indiana, calls me from his rental car. He wants to know where the nearest Enterprise Rent-A-Car location is, so he can drop off the car. It’s a Sunday, so not many locations are open.

Google gives me a number and I make the first call.

“Yeah, I’m calling to find out if you guys are open so my friend can drop off the car he rented from another Enterprise location.”

“That’s alright, he can keep it over the weekend. Weekends are free. Tell him to return it Monday”

“That’s great, but he has an early flight to catch tomorrow, so he’ll not be able to do that.”

“That’s not a problem. His friend can return it.”

“Well, I am the friend. And it’ll not be convenient for me either.”

“It’s free. No extra charge. Keep it. It’s the Enterprise policy.”

“Cool. But I still don’t need it.”

“It’s free.”

“So you’re telling me that there is no way I can return it today, even if I didn’t care for a free extra day?”


“Well, you have the wrong number man.”



I checked. There were no hidden cameras around to capture the stupid look on my face.

2 thoughts on “The Enterprising Salesman”

  1. Phone pranks are fun.

    Like the time we called the Dr.Amarnath of ‘Doctor’ biscuits fame, pretending to be from the Indian Express, and asked for an Interview.

    At 2.30 a.m. ;), piss drunk as always. Unforgettable.

  2. heh-heh I would love to hear a transcript of that phone call.
    As parama vettis during Xth standard holidays, my friend & I did a lot of this random call thing. My specialty was to talk like a 4 yr old kid going, “Uncle, Uncle,chocolate vaenum”. This would soon turn into a session of persuasion where “Uncle” would try to convince the 4 yr old to hang up or give the phone to Daddy or Mommy. Or sometimes even offer to buy me a chocolate if I were a “good boy” and hung up! Sometimes I would hit the jackpot and some girl would pick up and keep saying “cho chweet” as she told her friends about the kid on the phone. I would even sing her ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ if I thought she was super nice. And then of course, sign off in a normal voice.

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