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Farmers Insurance Telemarketing Sucks

09/06/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Just had a very annoying automated message from Farmers Insurance. It starts off with badly mispronouncing my surname, states that there is a very important message concerning our policy, and then asks that you press any button to continue. Since it was one machine talking to another, no buttons were pressed. But it continued anyway. The "very important message" was that the policy was coming up for renewal [it had actually renewed last month], and that I should talk to my agent to take advantage of their other solutions for my insurance needs. :lalala:

So, no important message, just a sales pitch.

But then it ends with "If you have already made your payment..."

What?!? I have an automated payment set up with them. And yes, it was taken from my checking account on time.

I would guess that this is just a ploy to get you to call the agent so that he can press the sale.

Time to shop for a different insurance carrier. XX(

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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