The following came from a friend of mine:
This is to all of you who signed up for the "do not call" law......
This week I received a card in the mail that looked all right ---
It said "vote for your favorite cola - Pepsi or Coke- and receive a
complementary 12 pack." It didn't look suspicious--but for some reason I kept
looking at it.
THEN I FOUND IT !! At the bottom of the card there is a VERY small
statement. It is SO small it is hard to read--but here is what it says---
"By completing this form, you agree that sponsors and co-sponsors of this offer
may telephone you, even if your number is found on a do not call registry or
This REALLY upset me and I just wanted all my friends to be aware of
this way to get around the "do not call" law. Just think how many people will
send this in and their do not call registry will be NO GOOD !!!
The company's name is MARKET SOLUTION. Please send this to all your friends
that signed up for "do not call." I think this is just one of what we will get
in the future -- so READ EVERYTHING before you SIGN AND SEND !!! AND TELL YOUR
FRIENDS ABOUT IT !!! PLEASE !!!
and speaking for myself who LOVES freebies.......that is a low down rotten
trick...........I myself just tend to look at the caller ID and then if the
number is "Not available" or an 888 number, decide to mess with them. I
picked up the phone the other day on an 888 number and no sooner did I speak
the telemarketer started his speil......hooney....so I sugared up my
"Atlanta" accent, and asked all sweet and Dixie like, "could yew hang on a
moment darlin', my dawg needs me to let her out" and that took him by
surprise, and I hear a mumbled sure......and I laid the phone down, called
Rose and Sugar and proceeded to let them out for real, and then never went
back, turned up WNCW on the radio and jammed out on music, wrote some stuff
on the computer and even went outside again and played with the dogs until I
got a bit overheated. (I'd kill for a real yard for them to play in, can you
see my in the driveway hollering at them to "GET OUTA THE
FLOWERBEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) as Sugar instigates rowdies with Rose) When I
finally came in and remembered I'd laid the phone down on the poor soul, it
of course was silent.........works like a charm......<GBSEG> Side note:
When I tell ROSE to get outa my flowers, by jumpin' Jimminey she gets her
fat ass out, but fast. So when I tell them BOTH to get outa my flowers, just
the fact that Sugar adores and follows Rose most everywhere I get a pretty
good response, but she still has a bad habit of tromping her big feet thru
the beds. It's gonna take some time to teach this little girl.
madgardener up on the stormy ridge, back in a mucky, muddy fairy holler,
overlooking misty English Mountain cloaked in clouds and mists, in EAstern
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For some real fun, have a recording of a door bell, then ask them to
hold on while you answer the door. Make sure they can hear in the
background (nice and echo-y) a salesman giving a pitch at the door. Then
you yell that you don't like door to door salesmen, and then have a loud
shotgun blast ring-out, along with a scream from the salesman.
If the telemarketer is still there when you get back, start asking
questions, like where they are calling from. If they say from "such and
such company", stop them and say, "yes, but where are YOU located? I'd
like to come down and see you."
The fact that telemarketers and spam exist are confirmation that there
are enough stupid people out there to keep entire industries alive.
Telemarketers, particularly computer-generated spiels, are annoying. I
am, however, *amazed* at the "tricks" people play on minimum-wage
workers. I have had phenomenal success in reducing this intrusion by
a) having an answering machine that all my own friends know I will
pick up immediately on hearing a known voice, and b) saying "I'm not
interested" if I happen to pick up the phone. Even just hanging up is
a non-punishing option. Mad, you put your own phone out of commission
for an hour -- who's punishing whom? It takes 2 seconds to say,
"Sorry, I'm not interested," and hang up. I have *never* experienced
an immediate call-back.
I really don't understand why people either want to kill the low-wage
messengers, or feel any obligation at all to listen to them. When an
unfamiliar voice says, "Hello. Mr. Frogleg?" I say "who is this?" just
in case my dentist's office has hired a new receptionist. When the
reply is "Sears portrait studio," I say I'm not interested and hang
Obviously, telemarketing works to some entent, or businesses wouldn't
invest in this kind of advertising. [I believe direct mail (junk mail)
ads count a 1-2% response as a successful campaign.] I also expect
guidelines for telemarketers includes disconnecting at *their* end
after 15-30 seconds of "dead air." It's not like they don't have
experience in this area.
Don't mean to pick on anyone in particular -- I'm sure if I keep
reading the thread I'll read all kinds of stories of "clever"
responses to inconvenient marketing phone calls. If this is a game to
vent frustration, I hope everyone with a police whistle or the time to
spend being "smarter" than the caller enjoys it thoroughly.
It's an invasion of privacy. First of all, if I'm eating dinner, I
don't want to be disturbed unless it's important. Having my carpets
cleaned is *NOT* important - don't call me. My Dad in the hospital
*IS* important - I need to answer right away! How do I know who's
calling unless I gag down what's in my mouth, wipe my hands, leave the
table, etc. and answer the phone?
Secondly, I work at *NIGHT*. I am asleep between 9am and 5pm. Do *NOT*
call me during the day.
Finally, If I want to buy something, *I* will take the time to go to
the phone book or drive to the store, etc. If I'm not looking for it,
I'm not interested. I make sure I get all the details about who's
calling, speak to their manager and vow "NEVER TO DEAL WITH YOU" and
tell everyone I know about the "CRAPPY SERVICE YOU PROVIDE".
They deserve it and more.
I've considered getting my phone number switch to a billed 900 number
(or something similar) and selectively charging anyone who spams me by
phone $25 per call.
Do you Mace a religious soliciter or Girl Scout who rings your
doorbell and disturbs you? Shoot the mailcritter when he/she brings
junk mail? Do you believe the person on the phone has independently
devised a scheme to deliberately interrupt your dinner?
Unfortunately, there are no little signs you can put on your phone
line to prevent daytime calling. I am sympathetic to disturbances of
*all* sorts that interrupt sleep. I have a friend who routinely beeps
her auto horn when she dirves past another friend's house. I have
mentioned to her that trying to rest with a migraine headache isn't
improved by random beeping, and she says, "don't be silly -- I'm
beeping for Stephanie." There is NO way to eliminate stupidity.
As I mentioned, businesses would not invest in telemarketing if it
weren't profitable. CEOs and marketing managers know full well it
drives *most* people nuts. However, if it is 2 or 5% successful in
drawing in new business, it is worthwhile. The person on the phone has
already heard every complaint, curse, trick, ear-splitting whistle
over and over again. And he/she has absolutely no control over the
company's marketing policy. If you want to make an impression, write a
letter to the head office. Bring a complaint with some local, state,
or Federal agency. Evidently, a large number of complaints has
resulted in establishing the Do Not Call registry. Obviously not a
perfect solution. But yelling at the person on the phone will reduce
your problem by absolutely zero.
Mace, what a great idea! Too bad its probably illegal.
Actually, that's exactly what they've done, haven't they?
There out to be a law against that.
Not that sympathetic at all are you?
Not worthwhile by my standards, and I don't see why it makes it "all
By this argument drug dealing and prostitution are also worthwhile
since they make a profit. At least they have willing customers.
Sorry, but they took the stupid job and should be punished for it.
That is correct, we have done all of that and they have listened. Do
you know how much the public outcry must have been for politicians to
actually do something about anything?
But the scumbags marketers are trying to bypass the law with every
loophole that they can find.
It will make me feel better about it for sure, and if it drives even
one telemarketer to quit in tears it will have been worth it. Why
don't they do something that is more constructive and socially
acceptable like begging for quarters or stealing candy from babies?
Obviously, telemarketers do not bother you, but you don't seem to
understand that they are a major frustration for many of us. I don't
want to hear from them period!
Agghhh, its ringing again! Fortunately, my call waiting (an expense I
didn't want, but definitely worth it) tells me they are a marketing
firm. At least these guys were honest about it, and I could ignore
My take o telemarketers is that they are a royal pain i the you know
what. Its bad enough to get inundated with calls during the normal day
time hours 8 to 5, but there are those that call late at night, and a
lot that like to bother foolks at supper time. I hate telemarketers
and will get very ill with any in a heart beat.
BTW the do not call refgistry is uspposed to have a loop hole in it
already that these scumbags found, so don';t count on the so called
solution to stop these annoying calls. Guess time will tell.
They really need to do something about spam and unsolicited emails
which is really out of hand. (my opinion only)
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Few telemarketers are minimum wage workers. Some are prison labor making
even less. Others are con artists working solely for commissions that
are far more than minimum wage.
If someone doesn't want to be treated like the scum of the Earth, then
they shouldn't take a job as a telemarketer. The Burger King down the
road is still hiring, and they pay more than minimum wage. There are
plenty of minimum wage or slightly higher jobs available. One chooses to
make telemarketing their job. Except for those calling from inside a
prison, they're not being held captive and forced to annoy strangers.
Perhaps if we make life miserable enough for telemarketers no one will
want to be a telemarketer, and the companies will have to pony-up more
money for this poor minimum wage workforce that you imagine is behind
<< Subject: Re: The DO NOT CALL registry
From: Salty Thumb firstname.lastname@example.org >>
<< What happens when you give the 'sponsors' a fake name, such as 'I.P. Freely"
or "Noel Boty Holme"? >>
You're transferred to the idiot list.
I guess that you may not get the complimentary prize, which is the
point of signing the card in the first place.
I saw an article in the local paper about this kind of stuff.
Marketers (scumbags all) are working hard to find loopholes in the do
not call list, and this is one of them. Its a shame. And here I
thought there was a law. They need to close this loophole.
I ain't signing nothing for nobody no more nowhow. Nothing is free,
and if the price is $0, then you will pay some other way.
There's another little loop hole in that law, too. If you have done business
with some company who uses phone solicitors they don't have to honor the do
not call list. And if that company is a subsidiary or has subsidiary
companies you are on their valid call list because you've done business with
the original and now you are also one of their CUSTOMERS. After reading the
way that law was written I didn't bother to sign up. When I get a call from
any of them I immediately ask to speak to a supervisor, get their name and
the name of the company they work for and tell them this call is being
documented and I want off their lists, do not EVER call this number again.
If they call again my lawyer and the State Attorney General will be in
touch. This only works if you are lucky enough to already have state laws
against tele-marketing. After about 6 months of this routine I very seldom
EVER get marketing calls......and then I use Caller ID.
This telemarketing law still lets charities (broad interpretation and
politicals call. I think this 'LAW" was nothing more than some feel good,
vote getting by our gummint reps. It's not really going to do much.
What this simply does is delay the calls. Call services are largely
automated. My answering machine would pick up several calls everyday.
Some will call everyday until you pick up the phone. When I was home
and I answered the calls for a while my phone got noticeably quieter.
Basically the same two dozen services were constantly ringing my
answering machine multiple times a day. ONce I turned them down the
constant ringing went down.
DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, 1 mile off L.I.Sound
1st Year Gardener
On 17 Aug 2003 17:11:43 GMT, email@example.com (TOM KAN PA) wrote:
I've noticed this on other things. My monthly junk-mail APC (power
backup company) has about SIX fairly major "sweepstakes"...things like
home routers, free power backups and thousand dollar shopping sprees.
How many times does a company offer SIX sweepstakes _at a single
Every single one has a clause at the end stating "by submitting this
form you automatically consent to being placed on a mailing list". Be
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