Post # 17
omg LOLing over here at some of these suggestions!
We have this built-in caller ID thing on the house phone. If it seems like a telemarketer number (e.g. “Unavailable” or “Out of Area”) we answer the phone with “This line’s recorded.” Most telemarketers leave us alone after that. Probably because they think they reached a business.
Post # 18
I use the Lil’ John voice whenever they call. So anything they say I just say something like “HHHHHHHHWWWWWH-AT! HHHHWHAT! OOOOOOOKAY! SKEETSKEETSKEETSKEET! YEEEAH!”
Eventually they just hang up.
Post # 19
@Corilee13: One time she just pretended she was uncontrolablly crying: ‘that poor woman, it was so sudden’. She can be pretty malicious sometimes.
Post # 21
@Coffee cup:I’m a former drama kid I can whip out real tears on command. I think I can fake it.
Post # 22
One time when I was a teenager, some company called our house looking for my grandfather, who’d been dead for a long time at that point. When they asked if there was another number where they could reach him, I gave them the number to the office at the cemetery where he’s buried. They never bothered us again. 🙂
Post # 23
wow, you guys have some hilarious ideas! I’m cracking up at the funny ones, but I do appreciate the serious ones because, yeah, it’s someone’s job, and nobody grows up being like, “I can’t wait til I can be a telemarketer!”
Post # 24
I’ve moved quite a bit so I often get wrong number calls from creditors. I would tell them wrong number and then avoid them. Then one day I even asked, do you not have it in your notes that this is no longer John Jenkins’s number? The lady responded, yes ma’am, but you have to tell us wrong number three times before we can stop calling.
So it won’t work with telemarketers, but if it’s a wrong number collecting a debt, deny them three time and they’ll stop.
Post # 25
@eloping: oh my god, have you ever blown a whistle into a phone before? Why did I never think of this? That, if anything, probably stops people from calling ever again.
Post # 26
I had this problem with the Mens Warehouse. They got my number at a bridal show and wont stop calling.
Post # 27
@MsNarwhal:Oh when I have a wedding vendor call and I dont want them to call I start crying and tell them that the wedding if off and start crying and fake venting telling them how Fi cheated on me and That I already spent X amount on the wedding and now I have to call everyone and cancel blah blah they only call once lol…
Post # 28
I always tell them I’m dead if they ask for me by name. Otherwise, I just say no thank you and hang up. I feel bad yelling at them because they probably get yelled at all day lol. You might tell them you’re going to report them for violating the legislation.
Post # 29
Anytime ANYONE calls from a number I don’t recognize I answer the same way…
Them: Is Amnysti/Mrs. xxxxx there….
Me: Who’s calling?… *kinda perturbed sounding*
Them: blah blah blah
Me: No she’s not….
Then hang up…
It works great and most of the time I don’t get many repeat calls
Funny thing is our pastor called me one morning about the munchkin going to camp and he thought it was kinda funny. He could tell it was how I screened my calls. lol
Post # 30
Have you asked them to put you on their do not call list? We had one annoying one calling every day at between 4:10 and 4:15, no joke. Eventually I had words with them asked to be put on the do not call list and they left us alone after that. That only works for telemarkers though!
Post # 31
Sent from my Android
Lol as someone that works for a call center I get how people get frusrated (hell even I get annoyed) but it’s all part of the job 🙂 FYI if it’s a survey they’re not a telemarketer because they’re not selling anything and therefore do not fall under the same requirements as telemarketers do for the DNC list. Ha guess what kind of company I work for?