Archive for May 18th, 2012

Without Prejudice returns as a panel discussion in two weeks time.  In the meantime – a one on one ‘Special’ with Carl Gardner.  I will be talking to David Allen Green in another ‘Special’ tomorrow.

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Today I received an unsolicited text from a claims company suggesting that I may have a claim worth £3500 for an injury.  As it happens, I haven’t had an injury.

I was bored. I am under doctor’s orders not to work until mid next week when I come off the heavy meds. The devil makes work for idle hands…and I just could not resist calling the number given in the text back.


Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”:  Hello.

Charon: Have you got my £3500 for the injury you said I could claim for?

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”: Please… your name?

Charon: Charon QC, law blogger of London, England, United Kingdom…. lobber of bog rolls onto a metaphorical legal pitch.

Cold caller in call centre “somewhere in India?”: Bog roll?  What is bog roll, please?

Charon:  A bog roll is a colloquial term for lavatory paper.

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”  You were injured by this bog roll?

Charon:  No.

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”:  So how were you injured?

Charon:  You tell me.  You told me I could claim £3500 for my injury. I’m looking forward to spending it on licentious living.

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”:  Please, what is licence living?  You need licence to live in Britain?

Charon:  Oh yes. We need licences for everything in Britain. I already have my licence to receive £3500 from you.  I am a lawyer… so I am always licenced to receive money when is it is being chucked about by claims companies.

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”: How is your leg?

Charon:  A bit wooden. I have a wooden leg. But I’ll buy a new springy metal one  when I get the £3500 which you seem keen to send me for an injury I haven’t had.

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”: Do you have other injuries?

Charon: Many injuries over the years…..in fact, only this very morning I laughed when I saw your text and my head fell orf.  Res ipsa loquitur

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”: Please… your head fell off? Where is this head?

Charon:  It is in a rather charming 18th Century tea caddy I bought at a Flog It auction on my desk.

Cold caller in call centre ‘somewhere in India?”Click…..

Mea culpa…. I just cannot resist irritating cold callers who irritate me by wasting my time. I get a fair few cold callers…as many do.

Some time ago I wrote about another encounter with a cold caller.  If you haven’t read it… it may raise a wry smile…. or you will come to the conclusion that I am insane.  Either way – a win win for me!


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