Phone: The FBI reports that there is an attempted burglary in the US every 17 seconds. You can help protect your family and belongings by purchasing a security system. If you take advantage of this offer and place our sign in your yard, we will waive the installation fee.
Dude: Can I help you?
Me: So, there’s a burglary every 17 seconds?
Dude: According to the FBI, there’s an attempted burglary every 17 seconds.
Me: Are you saying that you don’t believe that information yourself, or just like can’t confirm or deny, or…?
Dude: Yes. I can neither confirm nor deny.
Me: Ha. Nice – neither confirm nor deny.
Dude: So, are you interested in a securing your home?
Me: Well, but, how recent is that information? Which report is it actually stated in? Do you have a name, or…?
Dude: It’s pretty recent.
Me: OK, pretty recent. OK.
Dude: So, are you interested in a security system.
Me: Yeah, sure. I mean, every 17 seconds, right? I’d like to learn more.
Dude: OK, so, do you own a home?
Me: I do not own a home.
Me: But my parents do. I could talk to them. I bet they’d like to secure their home.
Dude: OK. And what state do your parents live in?
Me: Well, now that you know their home isn’t secure, I’m not sure I should be telling you that. How can I be sure you won’t try to exploit them using this information?
Dude: Well, it’s up to you, if you want to take advantage of this offer…
Me: OK, well, I can tell you which state, but I can’t tell you more than that. It’s not a state, actually. It’s a Commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dude: OK. We offer installation only in the continental United States.
Me: Does that include Alaska?
Dude: No. Only in the continental United States.
Me: Well, but, do you mean the contiguous United States? Because Alaska’s still in the same continent - North America – right?
Me: I mean, I think. I think…
Me: So, can you give me some details about what’s being offered?
Dude: We’ll provide wireless transmitters on all of the external doors and pet-friendly motion detectors. We’ll install three panic buttons. We’ll provide you with a crest and window stickers to prevent a break-in altogether. And, since this is a special promotional offer, we’ll waive the installation fee in the hope you’ll tell your friends about it.
Dude: You’ll have a connection to us that is active 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If any alarms are tripped, we’ll be notified and can have the police on their way within 36 seconds. Since you won’t be charged any installation fee, you’ll only have to pay for the maintenance and monitoring contract, which is about $1 a day. And, if you move, we’ll move the system with you for free.
Dude: Yes. Sorry.
Me: OK, so…
Dude: Do you think your parents might be interested?
Me: Yeah. I’d have to go over it with them, though.
Me: So, do you have a number, or…
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