My latest fascination is this new form of telemarketing that seems to be all the rage. The messages on my voice mail always go something like this (insert chummy, upbeat tone here):

“Hey guys, sorry I didn’t catch you in. I’m going to leave a message if that’s OK. You’ve been selected to win a free trip to bla-bla-bla. Just call bla-bla-bla and ask for Kevin.”

Hey guys??? Kevin, I need to know if anyone, anywhere ever calls you back. Does anyone, anywhere fall for this routine? Believe you’re they’re good buddy? Think the trip is really free? Any of the above?

I know telemarketers are just trying to make a living. But this approach just seems so contrived and sad. An interesting study in human nature.