The National Do Not Call List
Apparently is now defunct and does not work ... nice try, US government.
You have to wonder about telemarkerters, don't you? Who applies for a job like this? What does the job description say? Probably something like this: "Minimum wage. People wanted who can't get work anywhere else. Must have the ability to take hours of verbal abuse and must enjoy annoying people."
Sounds like a perfect job for me ... ahhh ... if only the pay were better :-)
We just recently learned that some of the major "telemarketing phone banks" are being run from prisons. Bet it beats the hell out of more servile work, not to mention other things. So here's what we do when we get a "phone bank" call.
Option 1) We put the telemarketer on hold. Then we pick up that line as if someone else was waiting for us to get back to them and say "Sorry Ralph, I've got some idiot telemarketer on the other line. She'll probably hold for hours because it beats the hell out of banging out license plates or scrubbing Bubba's back in Cell Block 2".
Option 2) We get a telemarketer on the line. We say: "Are you a prisoner? If you are, you have to disclose it. Why on earth would I want to do business with someone who's already in jail? What are you in jail for?"
Option 3) If he or she says NO! I'm not a prisoner! We then ask if he or she is a member of a cult. We've also heard that people with many, many spouses have set up phone banks. Marry me for money? Those words are lost on the average idiot. They say yes.
If you can tell us about ways you've annoyedthehell out of telemarketers ... tell us. I figure if we band together, we can make it so nobody, not even prisoners, want to call us ...
Hints from our readers appear below:
from Norm who is not an idiot. He says the second mouse gets the cheese.
Smart ... "Several years ago when the telemarketers for magazines
were prolific, I had a call from one and said I was interested and couldn't
talk now so I would like to call them back. They gave me their number.
Later I called and found the manager's name was Dave. Then whenever anyone
called me, I told them to call me in about an hour and ask for Dave which
was the name I used there. I hope Dave got a lot of calls!"
tip from Bob Johnson:
a good one from Timothy W:
works great from Keith C:
from FirstChickOnMars: 1) you answer the phone and sound like you
are intrested then you say hold on someone is at the door
two ways I annoy telemarketers from Tasha;
This one hales from Attack Banana: 1. They usually fly right into a long-winded explanation of their product, so let them talk for a bit then start speaking in a foreign language (if you know one...if you don't make one up). 2. Keep an airhorn next to the phone...use it at the first sign of annoyance. If they stay on the line after having their ear blasted, tell them to give themselves a pat on the back for determination...then hang up. 3. Take a tape recorder and record one of your operator's error messages: "You must first dial a 0 or 1, please hang up and try again." ... "The number you have dialed is out of service" or some such message. When a telemarketer calls, play this message into your phone then see how long it takes them to hang up. Or just record your own message in a robotic voice and play that.
note: Now, we like those suggestions. If anyone knows where to purchase
a device which makes a highly offensive sound which transmits only into
the receiver, not affecting the victim of the call, do let us know. Something
like fingernails on a blackboard would be nice.
from the Digital Diva: To discourage a telemarketer from calling my
house again.......When they ask for "Mr. or Mrs. so-and-so,"
I put my little sister on the phone and have her sing. Or, another thing
you can do is to act extremely sad and depressed and cry "I'm sorry,
they've just passed away, you cruel heartless, BASTARD!"
from Alex D:
When they answer tell them: you know this is not really a good time
can I have your home phone number so I can get back to you later
Here's from SpongeBob: "If you get called you should talk to them tell them you need a friend. Tell them how your depressed and thinking about suicide. Or ask if they have famous people seling their long distance because you only buy stuff that Terry Bradshaw or John Stamos sells"