[LINK] Phone firms told to stop being pests

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Sat Jan 17 09:55:43 AEDT 2009

On 16/01/2009 at 2:18 PM grant at apc.org.au wrote:
> On Fri, January 16, 2009 11:04 am, matthew at sorbs.net wrote:
>> ...
>> I'd be happy to hear of any sure fire plan to get rid of them for good.
> You already have it - put them on hold. Works a charm.
> If you're at home, put the phone down and walk away. They soon learn that
> you'll waste their time, blow their stats and get them in trouble.
"They" never learn.  My experience since putting my number on the Do Not 
Call Register is that calls stopped - but not permanently.  Calls come 
in waves, sometimes two or three in a day, always at lunch or dinner 
time.  There'll be a couple of weeks of pure hell, then maybe a month of 
blissful peace.

I use an answering machine - with a message telling telemarketers to 
never call again - so I don't know who's making the calls, just that the 
phone rings enough to be a bother.  One type of call has stopped 
completely: auto-dialled recordings, where their robot talks to my robot 
so I end up with a message consisting of the last part of a recorded 
sales pitch.

I heartily wish I knew the location of the soulless devil-spawn 
responsible for invading my home.  I'd happily organise delivery of an 
appropriately powerful nuke.
David Boxall                    |  All that is required
                                |  for evil to prevail is
                                |  for good men to do nothing.
                                |     -- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

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