Rachel called again today. She calls several times a week to let us know that we are eligible for a reduced interest rate on our credit card.
Yesterday someone from GE called to say that we won a free security system. Normally I don’t stay on the line as soon as I realize it’s a telemarketer. When I answered the phone, a guy who sounded a lot like a friend of ours said, “Don’t hang up!” So I didn’t only to get the beginning of the spiel.
For about a month, someone with a thick accent – I am thinking Bangladesh maybe – called every day to let us know he has discounted prescription drugs for us. The first time I said very nicely that neither one of us takes any prescription drugs. (Silly me!) Somehow it didn’t get through. After that I resumed my usual stance of hanging up on him.
We get at least one, often more than one telemarketer call a day. We are on all the “do not call” lists – state and federal – so I don’t get it. I know that charities (we get a lot of those calls too) are exempt from this. Note to charities: I don’t respond well to phone solicitations. It seems like politicians are exempt too. It was a big joke around the election. Whenever the phone rang one of us would say, “It’s Barrack or Hilary or Sarah or John for you!” Note to politicians: I don’t respond well to politicians at all!
I am absolutely sick of it. We often don’t answer the phone and let it go to voicemail. Some of our friends, who know we do this, will scream into the phone, “I know you are there – pick up!” Actually, it’s pretty funny what they do to get us to pick up. I am easily amused.
My question is this — does anyone really follow-up on those offers? Who would buy prescription drugs from a guy who doesn’t speak English and lives on the other side of the world? Or penis drugs from a company you never heard of (most of those offers come by email)? Does someone really think that a security system would be free?
If you do, please contact me. I have a bridge I am trying to sell. It’s is in a prime location and will be very valuable in a few years. And for you, I have a good deal.
Photo credits: Rachel by rdracer17, charity cartoon by cheerfulmonk and covered bridge by jimdude all courtesy of Flickr.