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“Be well.”

Too intimate and personal of words to be robotically uttered by a Walgreen’s sales clerk, especially after she just tried to upsell you at the check-out counter.

Or who came up with the greeting Humana’s telemarketing reps are forced to say? “To whom do I have the pleasure of speaking with today?” By the time one has gone through the maze of prompts and recordings to actually speak with a Humana rep, there is no pleasure possible. None.

There are pre-recorded upsells at the fast-food drive-thru, which is usually followed by a live human being trying to upsell you again.

When reading stories on-line, rarely does a paragraph go by without another ad getting in the way. It’s a constant challenge to fight off the distractions and just read.

There is nowhere to escape.

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