We've all been annoyed by telemarketers. They have a right to make a living just as everyone else does. But I find their calls so annoying. However, usually when they call, I interrupt their spiel and tell them I'm not interested and to take my number off their list. They usually thank me politely an hang up. Occasionally, they might just be rude and hang up. That's okay. I don't care.
Last week, however, was an entirely different story. A telemarketer called and launched his speech. I interrupted him, asking him to take me off his list. He ignored me and kept talking louder. I asked him again. Still, he ignored me and continued with his speech. I firmly asked a third time to take me off. I was afraid that if I just hung up on him, my phone number would remain on his list.
Finally, after the umpteenth time of trying to get his to stop his spiel and acknowledge my request, he lashed out at me. He told me to stop yelling at him, which I wasn't doing. He then told me I was stupid if I thought the 100 calls a day I received a day were all from him.
I thought, "Um, no--just this call. Please take me off your list." It wasn't a far leap to go from that rant to just calling me a stupid bitch. At this point, I calmly asked for his supervisor. He called me a stupid bitch a few more times. I still asked for his supervisor. Like he was going to seriously get him. I have no clue what I was thinking.
Finally, he concluded his call with his closing pitch: saying obscene things that Ms. Jenny won't allow me to write here and still keep my post PG-rated.
I think I hit a nerve. I wonder if I was his last telemarketing call. I HOPE I was his last call. Either that or Mel Gibson started working as a telemarketer.
Lesson learned: When you receive a telemarketing call, first get the company name, then get the caller's name, THEN tell the caller you want to be taken off their call list.