You are in the shower, happily scrubbing away the grime and cleaning your pores. You are covered in soap and at that moment, the phone rings (Why does it always ring when you are in the loo or shower?). You scramble to grab a towel, come out of the bathroom dripping wet and shivering with cold. You take these efforts, so that you do not miss a call from a friend or family. You rush and pick up the phone to hear a debt management agency on the call. You feel like reaching inside the phone and socking the guy on his face.
Not that, I do not acknowledge the fact that the telemarketers are just doing their job. But unsolicited calls can actually cheese you off. Most are selling stuff you will never buy. The enthusiastic way in which they try to sell you things which you don't need, can really grate on your nerves. Plus, the wasted time attending such calls can exhaust anyone.
A few days back I had a really weird chat with a telemarketer, that too an Indian with a fake British accent.
The phone rings
Telecaller (TC): Hello is this 01524*****?
Me: Yes, it is.
TC: Does Mrs. XYZ live here?
Me: No, no one by that name.
TC: Ma'am, I am calling from ABC Debt management agency. As per the new court ruling we can cancel all your debts legally.
Me: OK, but I am not interested. Thanks.
TC: Ma'am. Do you have any debt?
Me: No I don't have any debt?
TC: No credit cards?
Me: I hate credit cards.
TC: Any mortgage?
Me: No mortgage.
TC: Any Personal Loans?
Me: No nothing. Thank you and I am not interested. I am going to put the phone now. (By this time, I was impatient. Even my father had never asked me such questions)
TC: Ma’am How is it possible that you do not have any debt?
Me: It seems you are unhappy that I am debt free (I had lost it by this time).
TC: No, I mean, how is it possible? I think you are lying.
Me: This is too much. You called me and now are accusing me of lying. Don't ever call me. (My temper had risen to dangerous levels)
And I banged the phone down.
Hubs on the other hand likes to toy with these people. He can converse with telemarketers and pull their leg. He in fact enjoys it.
The best way to tackle these people would be to give it back to them, the way they do it to us.