My phone just rang with yet another helpful reminder that my auto service warranty was about to expire.
Friends tell me that they get dozens of unwanted calls every week. Those calls come on a landline or cell phone. Most are recorded messages, but some are live voices trying to sound genuine and sincere. How could anyone pull off such a charade hour after hour (usually peaking at dinner time) and day after day?
Years ago, I registered our phones on the national DO NOT CALL list. The federal government made promises about how well we would be shielded for these distracting and misleading calls. However, a brief look at the exceptions written into the registry shows that the intent of the government was never serious. Of course, political calls were exempted.
When a call comes from an “unavailable” number, I usually do not pick-up. If I do say hello, two seconds later, a voice comes on with call center background noise. The excuses for the calls vary. They call to tell me my credit card has been charged for something I did not purchase. Some call to congratulate me on having been selected for a free vacation. Others threaten me with arrest. Would I donate to the firefighters or the state troopers? When they ask for William, I hang up. (My legal name is William, but I go by Bill). It is difficult to be polite in responding to these unwanted calls. Increasingly, I am not polite.
Be assured, in this home there is an iron clad policy. We will not join, buy, or contribute to anything if asked by phone. Excuse me, my dinner is getting cold.