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Being on the list worked great for several years. More and more, however, it just seems that companies are just ignoring the list and coming up with whatever technique they can to get around it. I double checked the official Do Not Call website, and according to the site the only organizations that can call are charities, political organizations, and business that you have a business relationship.
I constantly am receiving calls from charitable organizations. I do not mind that so much, and I know that they are just doing their job, but when I say that I am not in a position to make a charitable donation at this time, then that should end the call. Now that we are in an election year, I imagine there will be a constant barrage of robocalls. I know there were prior to the primary.
Unfortunately, I have been getting a lot of unwanted calls from businesses these days. People calling me to tell me they will be in the neighborhood giving free estimates on new windows and wanting to stop by to give me an estimate. No, I do not want you to come by and I am on the Do Not Call list. If I wanted to get an estimate on windows I would have called you. Leave me the hell alone.
Take tonight for instance. I had a flat tire after work so I dropped my car off at NTB to get a couple new tires. I was expecting their call, so when the phone rang, I answered. It was not NTB. The lady on the other end of the line proceeded to launch into a spiel about my electrical energy supply company. The conversation went something like this:
Me: I am on the Do Not Call List
Her: I am not a solicitor. I am a customer service representative
Me: Do I currently do business with you?
Her: I don't believe so.
Me: Then it sounds like you are trying to sell me on a new electrical supplier. Good night. click
Yeah, I know I don't have to answer the phone when these idiots call. But, like I said, I was expecting a phone call, and unfortunately, the caller ID isn't very clear on the phone where I was sitting so I had to answer this particular call. Since I was already in a bad mood from changing a tire and needing two new tires, I was more than happy to treat the caller rudely.