Oh they shit me!
Ring ring, is that Mr ********? Lucky for me, thats my partners surname (not mine) so I immediately know its a telemarketer.
I have to admit, these days they don’t botther me, because I don’t say anything other than yes it is, and then I very quietly put the phone down (not hang up) while they launch into their pitch. Once I picked up the phone some 15 minutes later and they were still talking. What I have been reliably informed is to slow them down, and if we all did it, then it would grind telemarketing call centres to a halt.
Since the article ‘Revenge – Handling Telemarketers’ there has been a significant amount of press relating to telephone marketing.
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