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Air Horn to Phone with Telemarketer?

So would it be ok for me to take my little air-horn and blast it into the phone right after I pick it up, say hello, and determine the person on the other end is trying to sell some type of service to me? Is that cruel and unusual or justified?
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We're on the national no-call list, but that doesn't stop a few pinholes from getting through. Here's what I do. They start spieling at me and I barge in and holler, "Oh my god! Hang on a minute!" Then I put the phone down and walk away. When I come back in five or 10 minutes they've hung up on me. I love it.
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I look at it two-fold. One, these people are annoying as all get out (Justified). Two, these people are entitled to make a living as well (Cruel). They must be able to convince some to buy because they are still doing it. If no one bought and everyone hung up, we would have no more telemarketing. My two cents.

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Sandee, is that how you feel about all intrusions into your life? Panhandlers? Email spam? The guys who "clean" your windshield at stop signs? People who give you unsolicited personal advice? The fact that some people put up with this type of treatment doesn't justify the behavior in my opinion.

One last thing on the subject of how to deal with telemarketers, remember, they know your name, phone number and possibly where you live. You have none of that information on them or their employer. That leaves you pretty defenseless if there's a problem. And I'm speaking as someone who once had a telemarketer threaten to come burn down my house. I called the local police in to take care of that situation, and they did.
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I'm on the National Do Not Call Registry, too, yet still get several telemarketing calls per month. The most annoying ones are from automated telemarketers (which are supposed to be illegal anyway) where it tells you to press a button to take advantage of whatever offer they're making. I usually just try to collect whatever information I can about the company and report them to the FTC. If the FTC goes after them, they're subject to an $11,000 fine for each incident.

Sometimes I just lay the phone down and let them wait. Sometimes I give the phone to one of the kids. Once, I talked to them for about 20 minutes with questions about their product, then said "Wait, did you want to talk to the person who lives here?".
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Rhea,

I dont like telemarketers anymore than the next person, but I also dont believe all telemarketers are criminals. I'm sure some are (there are criminals in any occupation, even affiliate marketing). I was just pointing out that it is still legal, and therefore a paying job if you have no other skills. And again, somebody has to be buying what they are selling for telemarketing to still be a lucrative business.

Not defending, not supporting, just saying.

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I just put them on hold and see how log they wait.
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I leave 'em to the voice mail.
If I actually have the phone on when they call, I'll get their number off of Caller ID and look it up in Google or whocalled.us while the thing is still ringing. But, by the time I've done that, the voice mail has usually come on anyway
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Telemarketing may be legal, but not following FTC rules and not abiding by the National Do Not Call List is not.
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They get the machine.

Personal calls usually come to my cell phone.

If I happen to mistakenly pick the phone up, I just hang up. Sometimes I might put a "not interested" or a "no thanks" right before that, nothing more. Short and sweet.
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The worst offenders are the guys that passed the law. I don't know how many calls I get around election time from politicians and organizations (most automated).

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Give people a break. If you don't want to hear it say no thanks and hang up. There are too many angry people in the world- there's no reason to make life hard for someone who is doing a job that sucks in the first place.

And make sure you check out the rules to the DNC list. Being on it doesn't automatically mean that all telemarketers will stop calling you.

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Someone who was a telemarketer in college
So listen, how should I react when a religious outreach group camps out on my front porch and repeatedly rings my doorbell while the dogs go crazy inside? Should I invite them in for refreshments, or just open the door and let the dogs escort them to their car?
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And make sure you check out the rules to the DNC list. Being on it doesn't automatically mean that all telemarketers will stop calling you.
No, I know the laws and rules better than most telemarketers. The callers I give a hard time to are the ones breaking the law. They're not companies I have previously had a business relationship with. They're not polls, political calls, or religious calls. I've been on the list since the day it started (and have renewed my subscription). They refuse to provide names, addresses, or phone numbers (which is required by Title 47 part 64, subpart L).

I'm not going to be friendly and nice when someone is doing something that is both illegal and annoying.
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