I don’t know what it’s about lately but boy, have I ever been getting a LOT of computerized calls. I have to say for the most part, a lot of the unwanted calls aren’t around much anymore. Remember all the “duct cleaning” calls and the “do you need new windows” calls we used to get? It used to be just terrible with all the sales calls that we used to get. Now I think it’s really only “giving to charity” calls.
Those selling products calls really used to irritate me. Not only that but back then we didn’t have caller ID to tell us who was calling so we pretty much always answered our phones. BUT…..now I’ve been getting a lot of those computerized calls and they must call numerous numbers at the same time and whoever answers first gets the call and all the others, the line is just dead and nobody is there. You can see the number and it will call many times a day, always around the same times and it can go on for weeks. One day I called one back and actually got a “take my name off this call list” selection in the menu. So, I took my name off and never got another call from that number.
But what I want to know is after bothering me for weeks, more than once a day for weeks, do they really think I’m going to give them any of my money? Or they’ll call here and ask for “Mr. Erickson” and when I say “he’s not here right now can I take a message”, they tell me “no, that’s okay , we’ll call back” and then hang up and they will keep calling day after day until I blow my stack and yell at them that he’s gone everyday till 5:00 and by then I’m furious. They bother me. They interrupt things I do during my day and for days and days they do this and then they want me to give them money??
I don’t mind actual charities. I really don’t but I think these charitable organizations have gotten to the point of being so rude that I don’t even feel bad anymore getting mad and saying “no thanks, I’m not interested” and hanging up and I wonder how many other people out there feel like I do. People have lost the “bedside manner” in asking for charity.
If someone called me once and was nice to me and asked me for a donation, I would say yes. No doubt about it but some of these people go to far. Do you get many of these calls?