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Subject: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: whistledog on 02/12/11 at 8:10 pm

If you ever saw the comedy classic 'Ruthless People', you may remember this ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpG0hqTt2go


or if you watched 'Seinfeid', you may remember this ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yor0jd33mow

Do you ever have fun with wrong numbers, or ever wanted to, but never did?



I've only ever done it once, but ever since, I welcome telemarketers to call me LOL 

Got a call from some saleslady last year, and when she finished her short spiel, all I said was "no", and she then asks me "May I ask why?"  As much as I hate salespeople, I hate the pushy ones even more.  Don't be calling me, and force me to buy your crap.  I won't be havin' that at all.  I had just woken up, my voice was barely awake.  All I had said was the word no, and based on that alone, she wouldn't know if I was sane or crazy, so I escalated my tone and in my best fake handicapped voice, I said to her "My favourite colour is Orange.  What's your favourite color?"

After about a 3 second pause, she then says to me "Is your mommy or daddy home?".  So I then said slowly "You're A Stranger" (which was a quote from the movie 'Mercury Rising', which if you've seen, you will understand) and then I hung up the phone.


Me = 1 | Telemarketer = 0

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: snozberries on 02/13/11 at 3:32 am

Ha ha!

I got a call at 730 in the morning. I'd just come home from working a graveyard and had just climbed into bed. When I answered the phone I told the telemarketer as much but he promised he just needed a couple minutes and promises it wouldn't take long.
After two minutes of listening to him read his script (and noticing that he wasn't going to be winding up anytime soon) I changed my breathing and went into a light snore. I could hear hombteail off and say "hello, hello?" then to someone else "I think she fell asleep."  ;D

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: danootaandme on 02/13/11 at 5:35 am

I'm tempted to mess with telemarketers, but then I remember that these are people desperate to take any job.  You would have to be to be a telemarketer, I know, I did it for about a week once and it sucks.  They say what they say because the are given a script, and the manager is listening in on your call to make sure you are following the script.  Most have automatic dialing systems so the person doesn't even get a minute between calls to take a breather.  If you have an answering machine it knows it and automatically goes to the next call, I let the machine pick up, a few of those gives the marketer a break.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: CatwomanofV on 02/13/11 at 7:23 am

We are on the Do Not Call list but they still call. I will tell them that we are on the Do Not Call list and they are so rude that they don't even say "Oh I'm sorry" or something like that-they just hang up. Others I tell them to take me off of their list.


Cat

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/13/11 at 3:33 pm

I say No I'm Not Interetsed and hang up.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: 80s_cheerleader on 02/14/11 at 12:29 pm

After 3-4 times of telling the same company to stop calling, I finally got fed up and instead of saying "Hello" when I answered, I said "I'd like to speak to your supervisor".  It COMPLETELY caught the person off guard so I repeated it and they asked why so I explained that I had requested at least 4 times to be taken off the calling list because we were not interested and had been ASSURED EVERY TIME that it would happen so I'd like to speak to a supervisor about legal action.  The lady said she'd make sure our number was removed and hung up....we haven't received another call.

The other time, I pretended to be the baby sitter and the guy was REALLY rude (this was after telling them once I wasn't interested and to remove my number from their calling list as I was on the DNC list).  He even asked me what year I was born so I told him 1995.  I called the number back as "Me" later in the day and told the supervisor I didn't appreciate his employee harassing my babysitter and if they ever called me again, I'd file harassment charges against them....they haven't called back either ;)

I worked in collections for a summer so I know how much it sucks to have to "cold call" people, but when I ask you to NOT call me again, I expect you to NOT call me so if you do, if I'm in the right state of mind, you can expect me to mess with you....

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/14/11 at 2:40 pm

For the past few days We keep getting calls from BR Interviewing,has anyone gotten calls from that or any others? ???

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: CatwomanofV on 02/14/11 at 3:21 pm

I can't tell you how many times I have said to people, "What part of 'No' don't you understand?"



Cat

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Foo Bar on 02/14/11 at 9:34 pm


I'm tempted to mess with telemarketers, but then I remember that these are people desperate to take any job.


They might be more desperate than you realize.  I used to fark with telemarketers until I realized that the asshat on the other end of the line could be ... well, let's just say he could have poorer impulse control than I did.

The use of prison labor in telemarketing has been widely-documented in articles from 1999, from 2004, and straight through 2010.

So I've mellowed out.  If I'm unfortunate enough to pick up a phone and have a human try to talk to me, I just say "Place this number on your do-not-call list", in response to anything they say.  How am I today?  Place this number on your do-not-call list.  Could they speak to the lady of the house?  Please place this number on your do-not-call l ist.  Is there anyone they can talk to?  Place this number on your do-not-call list.

The National Do-Not-Call list (if you live in the United States) has cut my home telemarketing annoyances down to the occasional Warranty Scammer and Benny Hinn robots, both of which ignore the law.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/15/11 at 7:04 am


I can't tell you how many times I have said to people, "What part of 'No' don't you understand?"



Cat


They might have a foreign language so they might not understand.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: CatwomanofV on 02/15/11 at 8:14 am


They might have a foreign language so they might not understand.



Considering a lot of them are from foreign countries-you could be right.



Cat

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/15/11 at 12:38 pm



Considering a lot of them are from foreign countries-you could be right.



Cat


I mean they talk so fast you can hardly hear a word they say.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: CatwomanofV on 02/15/11 at 12:54 pm


I mean they talk so fast you can hardly hear a word they say.


What I mean is companies hiring people in India or other places.


Cat

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 02/15/11 at 5:02 pm

Now this is how you mess with telemarketers.  ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s898wpcgcJM

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: whistledog on 02/17/11 at 3:37 pm


Now this is how you mess with telemarketers.  ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s898wpcgcJM



"Were you his gay lover?" ;D

Oh man, that was wicked.  That is definately how you mess with a telemarker!

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/17/11 at 8:22 pm

I would blow a whistle into the phone,that would annoy him.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Dagwood on 02/17/11 at 9:12 pm

Probably not a nice thing to do, Howard.  Telemarketers wear headsets so it isn't easy just to toss down the receiver to get away from the noise.  That could really hurt someone.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/18/11 at 6:39 am


Probably not a nice thing to do, Howard.  Telemarketers wear headsets so it isn't easy just to toss down the receiver to get away from the noise.  That could really hurt someone.


My Parents have done that in the past with wrong numbers.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: karen on 02/18/11 at 8:10 am


My Parents have done that in the past with wrong numbers.


just because someone mis-dialled?

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/18/11 at 8:54 pm


just because someone mis-dialled?


they were breathing heavy over the phone or they just cussed us out on the other end.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: CatwomanofV on 02/19/11 at 8:06 am

I had a friend that whenever we would call each other, we would breath heavily into the phone. We would usually stop whenever the other person would start talking. It was an on-going joke. When I called, he would just sit there and not say anything. After a while, I would say something because by that time I was starting to hyperventilate.  ;D ;D ;D ;D



Cat

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: whistledog on 02/24/11 at 3:54 pm

I gotta call from a wrong number today.  She was looking for some business that obviously I was not.  When I told her that she had the wrong number, she then asked if this was <insert phone number that is not mine> and I told her no.  She apologized, then hung up.  She then called back a minute later, and I basically told her the exact same thing.  Then she said "Oh, maybe the lines are crossed?" and I said "Or maybe you need glasses and bigger buttons on your phone" LOL

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 02/25/11 at 3:22 pm


I gotta call from a wrong number today.  She was looking for some business that obviously I was not.  When I told her that she had the wrong number, she then asked if this was <insert phone number that is not mine> and I told her no.  She apologized, then hung up.  She then called back a minute later, and I basically told her the exact same thing.  Then she said "Oh, maybe the lines are crossed?" and I said "Or maybe you need glasses and bigger buttons on your phone" LOL


I get the very same thing on my cell phone sometimes.  ::)

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Don Carlos on 02/25/11 at 8:43 pm


I gotta call from a wrong number today.  She was looking for some business that obviously I was not.  When I told her that she had the wrong number, she then asked if this was <insert phone number that is not mine> and I told her no.  She apologized, then hung up.  She then called back a minute later, and I basically told her the exact same thing.  Then she said "Oh, maybe the lines are crossed?" and I said "Or maybe you need glasses and bigger buttons on your phone" LOL


I once made two calls to the same wrong number, trying to order take-out.  The numbers were one digit apart, and I blew it twice.  Second time the woman who answered told me my mistake and said it happened all the time.  I told her she should charge the restaurant to pay her for her inconvenience 

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Christie Marie M on 03/14/11 at 2:16 pm

When I used to get phone calls from telemarketers, if a telemarketer would ask if (my name) is available, I would pretend not to be who I am or pretend to be her sister, or mom. Then they leave me alone.

I'm kind of a hypocrite because I do work at telemarketing, right now my job is a telemarketer/telephone sales rep. But I basically call librarians in schools or libraries to get them to preview some books they want to update in their collection. I had no choice but to take on that job because that's the only one I can find. But while I'm doing that, I'm still looking for another job which is full time clerical position. I need to get out of that phone job as soon as possible, but well, I really should be thankful to at least have a job. What I do at my job is deviate from the script a little other than read the whole spiel word for word. But our supervisor is always expecting us to be forceful to some customers and I don't like to do that. I only feel comfortable just asking them if they're interested and they would politely reject me that way or possibly give in. Most librarians I speak to are very reluctant to preview due to budgets and they would basically say they don't take any sales/solicitation calls. Even if I just ask them "How are you today?", they assume I'm a telemarketer and that they smell a sales call.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 03/14/11 at 6:48 pm

Jim Florentine is a genius.  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuoGgCq3EWs&feature=related

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 03/15/11 at 6:57 am

I would just hang up.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: whistledog on 03/15/11 at 7:03 pm


I would just hang up.


Where's the fun in that?

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 03/15/11 at 7:20 pm


Where's the fun in that?


Why should there be any fun,I don't have time for fun! >:(

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Dagwood on 03/15/11 at 7:58 pm


Why should there be any fun,I don't have time for fun! >:(


Don't turn into a grouchy old man on us, Howard.  Life's too short, you need to enjoy some of it.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 03/16/11 at 6:38 am


Don't turn into a grouchy old man on us, Howard.  Life's too short, you need to enjoy some of it.


I do and I try,just stressed out sometimes.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: karen on 03/16/11 at 7:34 am


Don't turn into a grouchy old man on us, Howard.  Life's too short, you need to enjoy some of it.


What do you mean don't turn into a grouchy old man?  Too late!

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Dagwood on 03/16/11 at 4:55 pm


What do you mean don't turn into a grouchy old man?  Too late!


No kidding...what was I thinking? ;D

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: ninny on 03/17/11 at 10:50 am

I have people call all the time, after several days of telling them no I'm not interested if they call back I'll pretend to be a little kid or an elderly lady. This will confuse them and they will ask how long I had that phone #, which I reply I just got it a few days ago.

Subject: Re: Messing with Wrong Numbers or Telemarkers

Written By: Howard on 03/17/11 at 12:32 pm


I have people call all the time, after several days of telling them no I'm not interested if they call back I'll pretend to be a little kid or an elderly lady. This will confuse them and they will ask how long I had that phone #, which I reply I just got it a few days ago.


Always try to fool them and don't be on the phone for so long because that will keep them talking.

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