lonewolf wrote:I'm with gh. If I don't recognize the name or number (and sometimes when I do) on my "phone screen", I don't answer..
Sometimes when a survey does get through and I am in a playful mood I turn the interview around and ask the caller to answer the same question before I do.. usually they quickly hang up.
If you have the time, one way to deal with people soliciting either sales or charitable contributions is to engage them in conversation. Ask them questions about everything they say, protract the call any way you can, and then say no or hang up. That really hurts them because you've wasted their time. Most often, they're compensated on a commission basis, and their success is very much related to their volume of calls. If you put them out of business for 5 minutes, they hate it. But what the heck, I hate being interrupted by phone calls from people I don't know, and they can't blame me for interfering with their livelihood because I didn't initiate the call. They've interfered with whatever I happened to be doing when the phone rang. Screw 'em.
Fortunately for them, I never have the time to do more than terminate the call quickly.