Unwanted calls leave me cold
Last updated at 12:03, Thursday, 28 February 2013
FOR the past few months I have been plagued by cold callers on my telephone – markedly more so than ever before.
And, would you believe it, no sooner had I typed that very sentence than the phone rang and interrupted my train of thought.
Despite being ex-directory and having registered with the Telephone Preference Service (which is supposed to filter out unwelcome calls), these call-centre blighters just won’t leave me alone.
Latterly, I’ve had the RSPB pestering me to know why I’ve cancelled my subscription. Two answers: first, it’s no one’s business how I choose to spend my money but, secondly, if they must know, I cancelled it because I can’t support a charity devoted to wildlife preservation, which plans to build a 62 ft high wind turbine/wildlife guillotine on one of its own Scottish nature reserves.
I’ve had a children’s charity employing nothing less than emotional blackmail to get me to increase my monthly direct debit to them – a tactic which I consider deplorable, not to mention counter-productive, as I’ve cancelled that direct debit in protest. I’ve switched my allegiance to ill-treated donkeys instead.
Bizarrely, for the past few months I’ve also been targeted by callers from India who insist that their “information” shows I once worked in a noisy industry (which I didn’t – unless the sound of 120 bored law students simultaneously snoring in a lecture theatre counts) and am therefore eligible for compensation for industrial hearing loss.
Repeatedly bellowing “PARDON?” at them has so far failed to have any effect – apart from illustrating that they have no sense of irony.
And for the past week or so, we’ve been deluged by recorded “sales messages” from some bank or other, trying to flog us credit cards. These are the most infuriating of all, because there’s no-one at the other end to tell to get lost: just a disembodied electronic voice.
What is it with these firms? The annoyance level of receiving a cold call when you’re in the middle of something extremely important (such as ligging on t’sofa watching Coronation Street) is so high that I can’t imagine anyone sane ever responding positively to such approaches.
Or are there actually some deranged souls out there who, when disturbed in the middle of eating their dinner, would say: “A credit card with an APR of 487 per cent, you say? I’m so glad you called, that sounds just the ticket. Have you got a pen there to take down all my personal financial details?”
A small part of me feels sorry for the people who do this sort of thing. Such work can’t be big on job satisfaction, after all.
But a bigger part of me finds them so irritating that frankly I’d like to tell them to... sorry – must go, the phone’s ringing.
First published at 15:44, Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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This situation is getting out of hand. I quite regularly get calls which are either not answered and the line goes dead (and you cant call the number back) or some git wants to carry out a marketing survey. Some of these are at 9pm or later.Surely BT must be able to track these and put a stop to it?PPI calls are now winding down, Indian call centres (from "Steve" or "Dave") peddling Windows computer help seem to have reduced as well now. Which is a shame - I quite enjoyed stringing them along for a good 10-15 minutes then saying "Look, I know this is a scam so kindly do one" then putting the phone down.My tip - leave them hanging on the line if they decide to stay on - tell them there is someone at the door or something like that. Go and make a cuppa. It wont stop 'em but at least you've made them waste some money!!
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