Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Do Not Call

telemarketing (Photo credit: Stitch)
Do you remember the "Do Not Call" registry to stop unwanted telemarketing calls?  When that registry became active, I registered my phone number right away.  In fact, I just verified that my phone number was registered on the Do Not Call List on July 1, 2003.  It was so nice to have an end to unwanted telemarketers calling the house constantly.

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.

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  1. Don't bother telling them you are on the Do Not Call List or asking questions. Just tell them you are going to file a complaint with the FCC - and then do so: - the directions for filing a complaint are about halfway down the page.

    I don't get a lot of unsolicited calls from businesses - I have an unlisted number - but when I do, I say I am filing a complaint and they hang up very fast!

  2. I did end up filing the complaint

  3. I know! You can also do the age old trick of asking the solicitor for her home phone number, and when they sit down for dinner so you can call her back then!

    PLU from Sunny South Florida

  4. I hear you.. not a week goes by when I don't get one of those "make money from home!" or "fire your boss" calls.. I usually report them but I got tired of it as it doesn't seem to stop them. I suppose the FTC has far too many complaints to investigate and the companies know that.

  5. It sound's like telemarketer and we should avoid it call or confront it.



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