Originally posted by Elaine Micheals:
My hubby always gets telemarketer calls. When they ask for him, I tell them, "Hold on - he'll be with you in a minute". Then I put the phone down on the counter. After a few minutes, I'll go back & ask whether or not he picked up (of course, he hadn't picked up because I never told him he had a call, or he wasn't even home) then I say, "Oh - I'll go get him - please hold on..." and so on & so on...
Originally posted by Madhav Lakkapragada:
Another Seinfeld episode comes to mind -
The one where Kramer puts the Cable Company guy on hold. Puts the receiver in front of the radio playing soft music. Should try that next time.
Needless to say they never pronounce my lastname. Lately, I have been getting telemarketing calls from India too. Those folks have no clue, they argue with you requesting you to listen to their sales pitch. I have fun no-a-days, then take their name/number and report it to DoNotCall.gov.
In general, calls have reduced I should say after the DoNotCall list.
Originally posted by Stan James:
The do not call list seems to have stopped most of the junk calls, but I still get exempt non-profits like state police against drugs, firemen's retirement fund, etc. I just don't pick up anything I don't recognize on caller id.
For a while I folded junk mail up in the return envelope and sent it back to them, original envelope and all. That was kinda mean to the minimum wage crowd in the mail room, tho.
Originally posted by Jayesh Lalwani:
That's a good idea. You can go one step further and cross-return the junk mail. Suppose you got junk-mail from Citibank and Discover. Put Citibank's mail into Discover's return envelope, and Discover's mail into Citibank's return envelope, and post both the envelopes. That should waste not only the mail handler's time, but the mail handler's supervisor's time too
Originally posted by Joel McNary:
I'm on the Pennsylvania do-not-call list, and haven't received a telemarketing call for about 8 months now.
However, we do get the occassional door-to-door proselytizer. I've not yet had the gumption to invite them in for debates, but I'm planning on it. I'd want to move my entire religious writings collections somewhere more prominent in the living room, as the library is too far out of the way on the third floor (and I don't really want these people that far into my house anyway). Although, come to think of, my Bible/Tanakh/Koran collection should suffice....
Originally posted by Kishore Dandu:
if you put a small 'No Solicitation Please' sticker next to your main door; that will stop unwanted knocks on the door.