Some time back, we received a phone call from a representative of a company called “Arbitron” regarding a radio rating survey. Usually, we dismiss all such calls with a curt “sorry, not interested” reply and the story ends right there. However, this guy was a smooth talker and quickly mentioned that the company will send some small gifts if we could complete a survey and send it back to them. We agreed, after making that guy hold for about 3-4 minutes, and after me and my wife exchanged some quick thoughts over the matter.
A week later, we got a couple of fancy envelope-sized boxes with the survey material. We were expecting something like coupons to a coffee shop/retail store (earlier, the guy on the phone said “something like cafe coupons”) and we were also expecting that they will send the gifts after we completed the survey and mailed it back to them. To our amazement, each of the fancy boxes contained three crisp $1 bills. Felt good; may be because I have never received any cash through mail before (in fact, I wasn’t sure people could send cash through mail). Anyways, $6 was good.
The story didn’t end there. In the next few days, we received a couple of “reminders” from the company, with a dollar bill in each. This was followed a few days latter with a couple of thank you letters, again each with a dollar bill. All this even before we sent in the completed surveys. Felt like someone was bribing us