When a Telemarketer calls (Despite my being on the F___ing DO NOT CALL LIST…) I try to be polite. The person on the other end is just trying to earn a living and likely not having a good time calling me up at home. I mean, Lets face it: Does anyone grow up and say “I want to be a Telemarketer Phone Operator!!”?
Usually the call goes something like this:
Telemarketer: “Hi! can I speak to the Man of the house??”
Me: “(sigh) Who’s calling?”
Telemarketer: “I’m Kevin and I’d like to speak to you about your Gas Grill!”
Me: “Hi Kevin, How’s it going today?”
Telemarketer: “Um, I’m good! I’d like to tell you how you can save money…”
Me: “Yeah, That’s great. Please remove my number from your list”
Telemarketer: “Um, OK..”
Me: “Great! Take care! Bye!”
They NEVER remove my number from their list.
That being said, I just got a call at 5:30pm today on Saturday that the gentleman just would NOT get off the phone. It’s rare that I have to hang up on someone, but I sure had to today. Despite saying two times that I’m not interested, and to remove my number from their list, he just kept going. After saying twice “I’m not at all interested” I just ended up with “OK, I’m hanging up now, bye“. I half expected him to call me back!
These calls have been increasing lately. The MOST annoying is the Automated “Heather in Account Services, calling re your credit card account” nonsense that has hit our answering machine 3 times this week alone. I’ve actually hit “1” and try to get the name of the company, but the best I get is “We’re From VISA!”. I’ve written about it back in January and I seriously think it’s a phishing scheme to get my Info and or credit card number.
I have wonder: Do people really give their Credit Card info over the phone to a stranger who calls? I’ve never been interested in anything people try to sell over the phone, but even if I was, I’d tell them to mail me something and I’ll send it back.