It seems like just yesterday that I posted that last bad joke Wednesday joke. It's hard to believe that an entire week went by. When I started blogging I thought I'd post once or twice a day and develop a bit of skill working on the internet and writing. I thought that commenting on the various news articles would help me develop some skills that I could use elsewhere. Then, without warning, life happened and now I bog more to keep in touch with friends. On occasion some things still happen that draw my fire, like:
Telemarketers. I’m on the national DO NOT CALL list. I have been ever since I got my own personal phone line several decades ago. In all that time I HAVE NEVER bought or signed up for, or donated money to ANYONE who called for ANY REASON, EVER. Not ever, ever, ever, nor will I. Buying stuff only encourages idiots to call. I don’t do it. There is a company that has been ringing the phone off the hook for the last year or so. It’s some credit card offer about lowering my rate.
The way I normally handle this is to ask them to put me on their “do not call” list. That generally works. Most companies don’t want to call you when they know you’re not going to buy what they are selling.
Except this time it didn’t work, even after asking them for 3 months to stop calling. So last August I tried something new, every time they called I tried to get them to sign me up. This of course just pissed off the poor employee working the phone. Apparently for them to make any money, you have to have a balance on your credit card to transfer to their credit card.. Since I pay my credit card in full each month, there isn’t a balance to transfer. I had a couple of their employees slam the phone in my ear.
I’m fairly sure that my credit card company is behind this fiasco. For about the last six weeks the calls have stopped. Then this last month I had several expense that I charged on the credit card. I needed new tires, bought a new toy and had a ton of gas charged. Not a big deal since I have the money to pay for all of this and will when the payment is due in a couple of weeks. The calls have started again and they won’t leave me alone.
I’m considering changing my entire political philosophy and voting for anyone who will make telemarketing a capital offense.