"Come and get your love, come and get your love, come and get your love now.
Come and get your love, come and get your love, come and get your love now."
You know the song. If you've ever called Alltel customer service, you know it like yo mutha. It's perky(but demanding) lyrics are all over their commercials, emblazened onto business cards, pamphlets, everywhere. Why the choice of theme song? How does "come and get your love" cleverly tie into the cellular phone service industry? We were dying to know, so we caught up with Lacy, a local Alltel agent, for a brief but revealing interview.
_________________Thank you for agreeing to this interview, Lacy. Tell us--how long have you been employed with Alltel?
Well, technically I work for Walmart Inc, which happens to deal Alltel at our location. I don't wear a Walmart vest, and don't ask me the return policy on your car stereo, but Mr. Sam still signs the paychecks, ya know? (laughs)Not really.
Oh.Are you referring to Sam Walton?
That's what we call him."We?"
"We."Lacy, how do you like working as an Alltel agent?
I enjoy it. I stand at my post 9am to 6pm almost every day. Sometimes I smile at people, if I want.Interesting. What exactly does the job entail?
At times we have customers. I can hook you up with a new phone, make changes to your service, change your phone number, as well as fill you in on interesting little tidbits of information you may not know.Like what?
Things they don't tell you unless you ask, or have a problem, or unless you talk to me. Like, *-2-2-8.What does that do?
It's a surprise.Lacy, we're all dying to know about the reasoning behind Alltel's sinfully repetitive theme song. Can you give us any insight?
No. But let me know if you find out. And while you're at it, find out why Runza's played the same !@#$%&* riff on their commercials for the last twenty years.Well, thank you for your time.