I’m about ready to get rid of our landline telephone.
We used to both have just cell phones, but after moving to Baker City, we felt we only needed one phone number. It was hell after we got the number, though, because it was listed in the phone book under “Stockman’s Bar”. We’d get the craziest phone calls after midnight….
Anyway, today I about lost it on a telemarketer. Instead, I took the sympathy route.
I had already received five (yes, FIVE) phone calls from telemarketers this morning:
1) A long-distance company, a survey company asking questions about who I voted for and other very personal questions about my race/religion/income
2) A bill-collector looking for MarGuhReeteUh (to which I replied, “Sure, I’d LOVE a margarita!”)
3) Someone calling on behalf of Barack Obama to be sure that I sent in my ballot
4) A local woman calling on behalf of the Baker County Democrats to see if I had voted
5) Robert, from a magazine called Ski to Surf or something like that to talk about advertising for the vacation rentals
By the time the 6th telemarketer called, I feigned exhaustion.
“Please help me,” I said. “I work graveyard shifts and you’re the sixth telemarketer to call me while I’m trying to sleep. What do you suggest I do to get people to stop calling me?
She said to go online to http://www.donotcall.gov – I explained that I already was signed-up on that site, and I still was receiving a barrage of phone calls.
She said, “I know – I signed up on the Do Not Call list, too, and I get so many phone calls. It doesn’t work. The only way to get ‘them’ to stop is to get rid of your phone and just use a cell.”
No kidding. This advice was from a TELEMARKETER!
I really think it might be a good idea.