For "LIVE" calls, I have a steel coach's whistle with an ear-splitting voice! When they start talking, I just blow that whistle in their ear as hard as I can! They don't usually call back! I hope I bust their eardrums!
I spent about three hours doing something similar today. The person must have been new to it. Otherwise, they would have asked the other two questions. It all helps identify voting trends.
Originally Posted by KW4MW
"If it aint broke don't fix it. "If you can't fix it get a bigger hammer."
I, like just mentioned, let all my calls go to voicemail; I call the people who deserve a response right back. This makes fiscal sense since I pay for phone time by the minute. (I use the phone very little so I'm on a pay-as-you-go plan.)
However, on the landline, when we receive calls from someone we don't care to speak to, I just hand the phone off to "the lady of the house", The Wifoid, who then starts speaking in her native Cantonese. I have to do all I can from cracking up in the background while hearing the exasperated caller on the speakerphone.
Last edited by WF7A; 07-13-2012 at 12:52 AM.
Yes I do respond to automated calls. If I post the responses here, I would get banned.
I think the most fun I had was pretending to be a salesperson selling books on how to improve telemarketing skills. As soon as a telemarketer would call I immediately took control of the conversation and extolled the virtues of my $600 book and pushed them hard to buy it.
Of course, none did. But they didn't call back, either!
"The best number is 73. Why? 73 is the 21st prime number. Its mirror (37) is the 12th and its mirror (21) is the product of multiplying, 7 and 3. ... In binary, 73 is a palindrome, 1001001 which backwards is 1001001."
-Dr. Sheldon Cooper, (Jim Parsons), "Big Bang Theory"
"Just to invite your attention to "73" in Morse code--also a palindrome."
No. Is there another answer?
Before there were automated calls, I remember some guy on the radio suggest blowing an air horn on the receiver of the phone. I did that a few times. They don't call back.
"America's quiet warriors are the legion of ham radio operators, 700,000 of them, who are always at ready for backup duty in emergencies – amateur, unpaid, uncelebrated, civilian radio operators, during and after floods and fires and tornadoes. After the 9/11 attacks, hams were indispensable in reuniting friends and families. Most recently it was they who expedited the search for debris after the Columbia Explosion , and right now, at this moment, they are involved in homeland security to a greater degree than you would want me to make public."
— Paul Harvey News and Comment, ABC Radio, March 19, 2003
If he rings it again, better check his ID. Ed's been dead for awhile.
Originally Posted by WB8MKV
I don't waste my time with salespeople, or automated calls.
What I enjoy is being rude to door to door sales people who cannot comprehend the word NO.
We use to have trouble with the local church recruiting with the high pressure sales pitch.
"I have my own relationship with GOD" just didn't seem good enough.
One day they showed up, it was a week after Spring forced her head through the steel screen on the steel security door. She had already broken one of the welds and the corner of the door frame was afar. So this woman and man ring the door bell...
I go and answer the door.
The dogs are jumping up and down and barking at about the volume of small rock band...
The lady at the door tried to talk..
I yell WHAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE DOGS...
The lady holds up a copy of The Watchtower
I yell WHAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE DOGS...
They begin to look frustrated...
So I grab the dogs by the collar and they know then they need to be quiet.
I am sorry they are very protective,
I tell them to sit and let go, they sit quietly....
I go on to say The little one, the female did this to the door, and i point to the mangled steel screen and the broken weld.
The man said That's okay I think we will be going now.
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It doesn't really do any good to curse or scream at them. I used to do that but I realized these people make their living annoying people, so they have heard it all before. The only way to hurt them is to waste their time. The more calls they make the more money they make. If a telemarketer calls I go along with them for a while. After about 10 or 15 minutes I hang up.
Sometimes a bill collector calls asking for someone that moved away 17 years ago. They buy up old uncollectable debts and try to annoy people into paying them. When someone calls and asks to speak to Soandso I just politely say, "Sure ,hang on a second." Then I put the phone on the desk and go watch TV for a while. Seems to be working. I don't get nearly as many of those calls as I used to.