Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pop-up harassment

So I'm looking into booting my daughter out of the house in the fall. Along with having control over her life, I figure she should have control over her cell phone bill (as in pay for it). You know? So I'm online looking at different options, and I browse on over the the Cricket Wireless website. I'm looking at the chart showing the various individual plan offerings, when the screen grays out and this little pop-up, well... pops up! Apparently I took too long to click on an option and they think I need help from their live chat person in India. I don't want to talk to someone from India at the moment and so I look for the little x that will close the pop-up. And guess what-- There isn't one. No apparent way to close the box. It just sits there, right in the middle of the website, following my every mouse move. I scroll up, it scrolls up. I click on an option, it follows me to the next page. There is no getting rid of this thing! The only options I seem to have is either to click on the "chat" button in the middle of the pop-up, or close the browser and escape the webpage.

So what do you think I did?

in reference to:

- Cricket Wireless | Prepaid Cell Phone Plans, Unlimited Cellular Plans (view on Google Sidewiki)


The Crash Test Dummy said...

Ha! I'm FIRST!

And your verifier says ranumstp. That's Indian for Nani nani boo boo.

I hate annoying pop ups. But I hear Cricket has a great plan. My niece just jumped on board.

OldBoatGuy said...

You closed the browser, just like I would.

What is this Crash, a contest????

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Of course it is a contest, everything is a contest, didn't you hear.

Sounds very annoying.

Funny Farmer said...

Actually Pat, it was only slightly annoying and kind of funny. I mean, whoever thought that was a good idea obviously didn't understand that if you annoy potential customers with pesky pop-ups, they aren't very likely to become customers.

OBG, of course, was right. But only partially. I did NOT click on the "chat" button. But I didn't close the window either. Instead I clicked on the little pencil icon that mysteriously appeared on the left side of my browser screen, which brought up the sidewiki (whatever the heck that is) and I proceeded to vent to sidewiki. Then I noticd that posting to my blog was an option, and I figured that a lame post about a pop-up was better than no post at all.

Eventually the thing gave up I guess, because it was gone by the time I got done writing this post.

Fascinating trivia, I'm sure. Pathetic, really. But hey, it entertained me for a short time.