Telemarketers

Do Not Call RegistryI have been a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) for a year now and the most annoying thing I have experienced is the amount of telemarketing calls that flood my telephone! My number is registered on the Do Not Call Registry; however, they still come in! Most of these calls are for charities (Diabetes, Cancer, Law Enforcement, Veteran’s Affair, etc.) and are trying to collect a donation. I repeatedly ask for my telephone number to be taken off their lists so I do not continue to receive calls, but that just doesn’t seem to happen. I don’t mean to sound rude to the caller, but it gets old when I’m chasing a toddler and have to stop in order to grab the phone and hear someone begging for money!

I support charities in my own way, whether that is participating in events, sponsoring or making tributes to friends and family, sending goods and merchandise for collections at my husband’s job, etc. I don’t feel I need to explain myself to the telephone operators, but sometimes they just do not take “no” for an answer.

I have received two solicitation calls within the past 13 hours (Diabetes Foundation and Fraternal Order of Police). Not sure why the Diabetes Foundation felt the need to call my home at 7:45 pm last night, that is quite absurd considering I have a toddler that goes to bed around that time!

What is the best line you’ve ever fed to a telemarketer? I have used everything from “I am unemployed” to “I have a sleeping baby and do not appreciate the call”. Actually, the time I told the operator to remove my telephone number from the list because the phone call just woke my sleeping infant the lady proceeded to tell me that it was MY FAULT he woke because I keep my home too quiet. She also said “30 years ago, I could vacuum under my son’s crib while he was asleep and he wouldn’t wake”. Needless to say, she received an earful and probably won’t ever forget it!

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  1. >> the most annoying thing I have experienced is the amount of telemarketing calls that flood my telephone!

    I totally agree — I hate it. Lately, if I’m bored, I’ll play with the sales reps by pretending like I’m hard of hearing or something silly like that. Just a waste of time, I know, but it gets them to hang up and leave me alone! 🙂

  2. Oh I can’t STAND those calls. Luckily (or maybe not) my kids are not so much on the nap thing anymore. I’m sort of a nut job so what I started doing is ripping of Crank Yankers and doing “bits” with telemarketers. I LOVE to do the “I can’t hear you. Can you repeat that? Oh that’s great! Hold on let me get a pen” let them repeat the “pitch” and then say “Or darn the pen didn’t work. Can you say that again?” Let them repeat it AGAIN and then say “You’re breaking up again I didn’t hear all of it. Tell me again how it works.” I’ve gotten hang ups, laughs and for the most part the call frequency will drop off for a while after I do that. I wonder if it’s a grad conspiracy and all the telemarketers are in cahoots!

  3. It is so annoying that the Do Not Call Registry doesn’t keep telemarketers from calling. We get at least 2 calls a day. Sometimes they even hang up on me when they ask for my husband and I say, “Can I ask who is calling?” Recently I’ve had a flood of telemarketing calls from an “unavailable number.” Really? That should be illegal.

  4. Jennifer

    Sadly I think charities are exempt from the Do Not Call registry. I just don’t answer the phone. My family and friends know they can reach me on my cell phone. The calls that come to the house are never for me anyway or they are solicitors (or my mother-in-law), so I just don’t even bother to answer.

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