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    I would like to announce to all telemarketers: if you call me without me being maskim for you to call me, I reserve the right to waste your time.


    Funny, I don’t remember that being in Shulchan Aruch… must not have gotten there.


    The people making the call on generally very underpaid poor people. You shouldn’t pick on them. Politiely and quickly hang up on them. If they called and you are on the “do not call list”, file a complain against their employer (who tells them who to call).


    Unfortunately, there are no more human telemarketers. They were such fun while they lasted.


    I once asked one out on a date to get her to stop selling me raffle tickets. She agreed. Now we’re married.

    (Turns out the raffle tickets would have been cheaper.)


    someone called me up saying how we have this major virus on our home PC. they asked me if we are on the desktop computer and i was like. we dont have a computer, we have laptops and just BTW we dont have PC’s we have macs!! then i hung up.

    my grandmother hung up on a water company. the person called back and was like “i think we were disconnected” she was like “no we weren’t” and hung up again!! 🙂


    popa: #1, #2 or #3? Or are you up to #4 by now…?

    My family usually ignores telemarketers- the only time we play pranks is if they’re trying to scam us. I once picked up the phone and the guy said something like, “there’s a bug in your Windows”- and I cut him off and started shrieking for my father to come, the guy on the phone said there was a bug on the window and I need him to kill it.

    That was fun.


    I have done telemarketing the people in this industry are truly the scum of the earth, dishonest in every possible way, attempting and succeeding in fleecing people of their hard earned money on something that they do not need or is in fact useless, I hated myself when I did this and with good reason these people if you can call them that are truly worthless.


    Sometimes they are just trying to do a job, but most of the time they will tell you outrageous lies to try and sell to you. My father once had an Indian telemarketer who introduced himself as ‘Alan Smith’. Yeah right.


    What i posted is true but it is not for me or for any other man to judge another man only hakadosh boruch hu can judge and he will hand down a judgement for the blessed and for the wicked.


    we have chimney cleaners who are forever calling about our “flu”. My husband told a few them that they had the flu shot and are not sick. One of them told him ” you are so cute”


    Well known response to telemarketers:

    “I’m sorry, this is not a good time for me to talk. Can you give me your home phone number so I can call you later to discuss this offer?”


    “Hi, Nancy, I missed you, where have you been? I haven’t spoken to you in ages!”

    One of the chevra

    The phone rang as I was sitting down to my evening meal. As I answered it, I was greeted with, Is this Karl Brummer? Not sounding anything like my name, I asked who was calling. The telemarketer said he was with The Rubber Band Powered Freezer Company or something like that. Then I asked him if he knew Karl personally and why was he calling this number. I then said off to the side, Get some pictures of the body at various angles and the blood smears. I then turned back to the phone and advised the caller that he had entered a murder scene and must stay on the line because we had already traced this call and he would be receiving a summons to testify in this murder case. I questioned the caller at great length as to his name, address, phone number at home, at work, who he worked for, how he knew the dead guy and could he prove where he had been about one hour before he made this call. The telemarketer was getting very concerned and his answers were given in a shaky voice. I then told him we had located his position and the police were entering the building to take him into custody. At that point, I heard the phone fall and the scurrying of his running away.

    Shopping613 🌠

    Just say they have the wrong number.

    It’s that easy!

    There are telemarketers that are humans, my father used to be one, and a good one at that.


    shopping your father used to be a human ? what is he now?


    Telemarketers deserve the right to earn a parnassah, just as anybody else does. Consider whether or not you would like to spend several hours a day receiving the treatment described above, and then wish the telemarketer a hearty yasher koach for putting up with it.


    They are just doing their job!!

    My husband does cold calling for his job. I would feel terrible if pple pranked him!!

    The little I know

    I hear all the defenses for the telemarketers, but I still consider the entire field of telemarketing offensive. I inform the callers that I am answering this phone in my office, I am busy, and I neither want to buy or donate anything. The persistence is beyond intrusive and annoying. It is unfair and abusive. More often than not, as soon as I recognize that this call is marketing or soliciting, I just hang up. If there is a set of moral guidelines for telemarketing, I would love to see it taught and followed. Meanwhile, I will respond with either revenge abuse or hanging up.


    Do you also consider it “offensive” when you receive direct mail solicitation, when you hear an ad on the radio, or when you see a promotion in a newspaper? When someone knocks on your door selling something? When you get a dedicated e-mail? Etc etc…you may as well knock out the entire advertising industry and tell companies they aren’t allowed to make money anymore. They wouldn’t do this if it didn’t work.

    The little I know

    Yes, the junk mail is offensive, but considerably less so. I can always deposit it into the trash. I can turn off the radio, or distract myself with something else. Email is deleted with the click of the mouse.

    I should have the right to determine what enters my home or business. To be distracted with marketers who interrupt my work is extremely rude. If I was meeting with you, and our meeting was disturbed by these calls, you would find it irritating and offensive. The trouble is that I do not know this is solicitation from the caller ID, and must answer in case it is important. I should be able to block marketing calls.


    The telemarketers who said there was a problem with your PC were not telemarketers, they were scam artists. I know someone who warned me about this because he ended up with a major computer virus as a result of falling prey to the scam. I tell everyone I know, if someone calls YOU unsolicited, just hang up, and CERTAINLY give no personal info out. Someone called me claiming there was a problem with my credit card, then proceeded to ask my card number and address. I told them YOU called ME about a problem – you should already HAVE that information!

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