(Closed) How many times do you have to scream into the phone…

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Post # 17
6245 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

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
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
1542 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Corilee13: One time she just pretended she was uncontrolablly crying: ‘that poor woman, it was so sudden’. She can be pretty malicious sometimes.

Post # 20
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m dying over here.

This crap is hysterical.

Post # 22
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had this problem with the Mens Warehouse. They got my number at a bridal show and wont  stop calling. 

Post # 27
4653 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Anytime ANYONE calls from a number I don’t recognize I answer the same way…

Me: Hello?

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
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
7 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

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?

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