Rhetorical?

Just had a random thought I had as I called Five Guys to get the price of a "little cheeseburger".
When you call a place like Five Guys or Pizza Hut or anywhere that is a business that accepts calls from customers, when they say "can you please hold?" is it actually a rhetorical question? or better yet, is it actually a demand posed as a polite question...which is just "polite" for "I have something else to do right now so I can't talk to you, so HOLD! If you don't like it, TOUGH!! At least we 'asked'?"

Because think about it, when the voice on the other end of the phone asked me if I would please hold...what were my options? I could have said, "No! I won't hold! " but where would that have gotten me? Would she have actually stopped ringing up people in my ear and heard my question? I highly doubt it! So I just said "sure!" and held the phone until I figured she was never coming back to her end--she was taking orders and talking to co-workers--and I hung up! (I called back about 10 minutes later! I got put on hold again! But this time, the chickadee came back to the phone!)

Comments

MarillaAnne said…
I sometimes say "No, if you want my business you have to talk to me now. This is my only chance." I've never had anyone turn me down.
toya said…
I have to say that I love your screenname, marillaanne. I'm reading the Anne of Green Gables series to my daughter right now and it makes me remember how much I loved them as a kid.
Tonyette said…
LOL! Marillanne, do you REALLY? LOL! I'll have to try it!

Toya, how bad is it that I've never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books?
toya said…
Very, very bad. You can borrow ours, if you need to.

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