They’re out there – lurking in the shadows, fingers haphazardly typing random phone numbers into their keyboard and blind-siding unsuspecting people with their scripted sales pitch. And as much as we despise what they represent, they are merely doing a job. They are collecting a paycheck. But at some point during their work day, they become desensitized to reality. They become so immersed in that script and they no longer have the free will to listen and respond appropriately.
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My mom has lived alone since my dad passed away in 2006. She received a phone call the other day from an unrecognized number, but she picked it up anyway. The person on the other end of the phone asked for my father. My mom told the caller that my father was deceased and the caller simply replied, “I’ll call him again some other time”, and the call ended. I may not be the most intelligent person on the planet, but I’m pretty sure he’ll still be deceased the next time they call. Or perhaps this particular company has a listed number for Heaven and, in that case, I would love to see the long distance charges for that call.
I have been one of the fortunate ones and have not be inundated with telemarketing calls since I gave up my land line. My cell phone has been safe thus far, but I do miss the moments of trying to confuse those callers and rouse them from their hypnotic state. I would ask them personal questions about themselves and then would inquire as to whether there was an inconvenient time for them that I could call them back.
What is your favorite way to handle telemarketing calls?