[Fsf-friends] OFF-TOPIC] Will IT take away our freedom?

V. Sasi Kumar vsasi@hotpop.com
Sun Feb 29 13:54:28 IST 2004

Sorry for this off-topic mail. Just could not resist this.

This is a delightful takeoff on how IT could spoil our lives. Not just
funny, it talks of our freedom to ignore our health too!

A 40 year old middle class man wants to buy pizza, this mail shows what
he experienced.. 

Operator: "Thank you for calling Pizza Hut. May I have your..."

Customer: "Hi, I'd like to order."

Operator: "May I have your NIDN first,  sir?"

Customer: "My National ID Number, yeah, hold on, eh, it's

Operator: "Thank you, Mr. Sheehan. I see you live at 1742 Meadowland
Drive, and the phone number's 494-2366. Your office number over at
Lincoln Insurance is 745-2302 and your cell number's 266-2566. Which
number are you calling from, sir?"

Customer: "Huh? I'm at home. Where d'ya  get all this information?"

Operator: "We're wired into the system,  sir."

Customer: (Sighs) "Oh, well, I'd like to  order a couple of your
All-Meat Special pizzas..."

Operator: "I don't think that's a good  idea, sir." 

Customer: "Whaddya mean?"

Operator: "Sir, your medical records indicate that you've got very high
blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. Your National Health Care
provider won't allow such an unhealthy choice."

Customer: "Dang . What do you recommend, then?"

Operator: "You might try our low-fat  Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure
you'll like it."

Customer: "What makes you think I'd like  something like that?"

Operator: "Well, you checked out 'Gourmet  Soybean Recipes' from
your local  library last week, sir. That's why  I made the suggestion."

Customer: "All right, all right. Give me  two family-sized ones,
then.What's the damage?"

Operator: "That should be plenty for you, your wife and your
four kids, sir. The 'damage,' as you put it, heh,  heh, comes to

Customer: "Lemme give you my credit card  number."

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid  you'll have to pay in cash.
Your  credit card balance is over its  limit."

Customer: "I'll run over to the ATM and  get some cash before your
driver gets here."

Operator: "That won't work either, sir.  Your checking account's 

Customer: "Never mind. Just send the  pizzas. I'll have the cash ready.
How long will it take?

Operator: "We're running a little behind,  sir. It'll be about 45
minutes,  sir. If you're in a hurry you might  want to pick 'em up while
you're out getting the cash, but carrying pizzas on  a motorcycle can be
a little awkward."

Customer: "How the heck do you know I'm  riding a bike?"

Operator: "It says here you're in arrears  on your car payments, so your
car got repo'ed. But your Harley's paid up,  so I just assumed that
you'd be using it."

Customer: "@#%/$@&?#!"

Operator: "I'd advise watching your language, sir. You've already got a
July 2006 conviction for cussing out a  cop."

Customer: (Speechless)

Operator: "Will there be anything else,  sir?"

Customer: "No, nothing. Oh, yeah, don't  forget the two free litres of
Coke your ad says I get with the  pizzas."

Operator: "I'm sorry sir, but our ad's  exclusionary clause prevents
us from offering free soda to  diabetics."


Will information technology really improves our life, or  will it take
our freedom of life from us. is it a good idea to give IT tremendous
influence on our lives.. Choice is yours and its your fundamental right,
choose wisely. 

V. Sasi Kumar <vsasi@hotpop.com>

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