Day 24: Phone Spam.

painting by Kevin Smith
painting by Kevin Smith

 

Yes, phone spam.

I’ve had it, I’ll say that up front, HAD IT with the incessant calls that come in early morning, midday, late at night. We’ve tried everything, including joining the national DO NOT CALL registry and still the calls come, all of them–I’m sure–legal through some tiny loophole.

For months we’ve hardly answered the landline we pay an arm and a leg to have. But that’s all changed, because as a part of my 30 Days of Fun (a rather deliciously wicked part, I admit) I’ve decided to make a game of it. Yup. Sport. Now when it rings I answer it straight away. Then before the hardly human voice on the other end of the line can hardly get a word out I say: May I please have your name and a number where I can call you back? There’s some stuttering and stammering, so I come in quick with my follow-up line of questioning about their process for making these telephone calls. The Voice can never answer, of course, because now it’s off script. So it either hangs up on me, or I get the opportunity to end the call with: So please put this number on your DO NOT CALL list.

Now that I think of it, I’m going to add, just for good measure:

I’m making a note of it on my FCC report.

It’s rather fun!

 

Find info about the Do Not Call registry here. Or call 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register. It’s worth it, in spite of my frustration with the many loophole calls we get.

Thanks to my friend Kevin Smith for allowing me to use his fabulous Green Telephone painting. He exhibits at the wonderful Studio Carlisle in Columbia, SC. 

 

30 Days Of Fun III

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