I am besieged with telemarketing calls. I get calls at 8 a.m. I get calls at 10 and 11 o’clock at night. I get calls on weekends and holidays. On any given day I can get upwards of five or six of them. I get these calls on both my landline and iPhone. I am on a “do not call” list (for both my landline and iPhone) and have been since they’ve been in existence.
The problem (frustration) is, “do not call” lists exclude anyone you’ve ever done business with (even if you no longer do) and research companies. Off-shore scammers find a way of getting through. And then there are the endless parade of window cleaners and duct cleaners and carpet cleaners and real estate agents who are all trolling for business and completely ignore “do not call” lists.
All bad enough. All annoying enough. But for the last week or so I’ve had Numeris, a Canadian audience measurement company (a division of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters) driving me insane. They call me at least five times a day, as early as 7:30 in the morning, as late as 9:30 at night, weekdays and weekends.
To add insult to injury, when I answer the phone, I get a click. The call doesn’t disconnect, but there’s no one on the other end. “Click” and nothing. Obviously, some kind of pre-recorded message is supposed to come on, but there’s something wrong at their end, and it doesn’t. When they don’t connect with me, they call me back a few minutes later. And on it goes. If you’re wondering why I bother to answer, it’s so I can tell the person on the other end to STOP CALLING ME!!!!!! Except I can’t.
And I don’t even have the satisfaction (and release) of slamming the phone in someone’s ear. There’s no receiver to slam with cordless phones.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Get rid of your landline. I agree with you. I never use it. The only reason I have it is because it’s part of a “bundle” I have with my wireless/cable/internet provider. But at this point, I don’t care if it costs me a bit more each month if I can avoid the unwanted, unsolicited calls. But I can’t do without my iPhone.
Or can I? Maybe I’d be better off and less stressed if I was totally incommunicado. If I couldn’t check emails or my social media all the time. If I had no idea what stupid, thoughtless, insulting, dangerous thing Herr Drumpf did or said every minute of every day. If I didn’t know that another madman with a gun started shooting innocent people for no reason. Or that another natural disaster (that was caused at least in part by climate change) was robbing people of their homes, possessions and their lives.
Go on. Tell me you’re not tempted.