Jun 26 2009
As I’ve mentioned before, I have the absolute WORST luck and experiences with telemarketers. My phone rings off the hook, allllll day long, as we are bombarded with solicitors from every country, every accent, every organization…. it’s been a frustrating several months. I am a work-at-home mom, and therefore I am home to hear ALL the times that the stinkin’ telephone rings. Every time it rings, my blood pressure goes into the stratosphere. We’d already dumped the televisions because the lousy ads and horrid programming left me near insane.
Oh, that “Do Not Call” list is a crock, by the way. Oh, it worked for us back in the 90s, but ever since—I’d say about 5 — 6 years ago, the calls have been increasing. I was counting 15-20 calls a DAY, and only 1 or 2 of them were ACTUAL people I knew, and not evil solicitors.
Well, today’s the day I bit the bullet. I called my telephone service to see about changing my phone number. Doing so is very pricey here. They charge $50 for the courtesy, and then there’s the outrageous NY taxes upon taxes we have to pay for utility charges. But I was a desperate woman. I just wanted to FIND out what they were charging now, just out of curiosity. Armed with such knowledge, I could nag and nag Mr. Crabby and wear him down to get my way. I just wanted to see how much it would be. Not that we were going to get it any time in the near future, mind you.
HOLY COW the phone service said they’d do it for me for free!!!!!!!!! As a “one-time” courtesy gesture. Can you believe it?!?!?!?! I picked up my teeth from the floor and stammered Y-Y-Y-essss I’ll do it! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! And guess what else?? The phone company said they’d change it TODAY! By 5pm!!!!
I was in seventh heaven all day long!!! Ohhhh the beautiful, peaceful day. It was like ecstasy, people. Just beautiful. No calls whatsoever– none of the annoying, shrill, digital undulations from that cordless black monster. Haha!
Then at 6pm…..
I got one.
My answering machine picked it up (I screen all my calls) and said they were SunWest credit agency, speaking in a British accent, looking for someone named Darlene Whoever.
OMG. A credit agency?! And HELLO did you hear my answering machine message! This is not the home of Darlene Whoever! We plainly state who we are in the message, and moreover we plainly scream that we hate solicitors and we will never talk to them!!
It’s just too much. Lordy, I had THREE HOURS of peace, THREE HOURS. Why me? WHY WHY WHY?