MJD wrote:Three other annoying telephone bits. . . . There ought to be laws punishable by several years in jail-crimes against common sense. Of course, I try to avoid all of this by just using email.
OK, getting in on this one late, just trying to figure out why this thread has legs.
First off, like MJD, I do not really have a problem with telemarketers (although his vitriol against folks who leave a time of call goes a little beyond my level of irritation). At home I almost never answer the phone. That is why I bought an answering machine. At work I do answer the phone, but somehow I am almost always away from the desk when the telemarketing calls come through, so it goes to voice mail and is quickly discarded.
Two related annoyances to discuss:
1. The numero UNO problem with voice mail: people who leave a phone number, but read it off so fast that there is no way anyone who does not possess some form of superpower can hear it and transcribe it in one listening. THOSE people ought to be shot.
2. I notice that most telemarketing calls are automated computers now. Come on, folks, if you want to pretend to have a chance at selling me something through a cold-call, get a human on the other end. It won’t work, but at least it shows that you care.