Every night at the same time. Sometime between 6:100 and 6:30 the phone rings.
“Out of Area”
All signals from the caller ID that it isn’t anyone I want to talk with or to. Yet, sometimes, I pick up the phone and there’s silence. Nothing. Nada.
I’ve been told that this is just a way for machines to verify the number is good. If someone picks up it alerts the telemarketing center that there is actually:
- someone at home and
- It might be a good time to call
Of course, Do Not Call doesn’t apply to politicians, charities (the Red Cross is the worst, followed by Special Olympics) and people with whom you have done some business with before whether or not the experience was good or bad.
Still that leaves a whole pisspot full of people who call anyway.
Being a real estate guy, I sometimes hear that real estate agents will call anyway because:
- the process to lodge a complaint that results in a fine is too onerous for most people and,
- even if, in the worst of all worlds, a fine is levied, it’s the cost of doing business.
In other words, the risk of getting fined is worth it because the probability of talking to someone who will do business with you (i.e., buy or sell a house…or know someone who will buy or sell a house) is so small. Tiny, in fact.
Still, it’s annoying as hell to hear the phone ring at intermittent times of the day. Is it someone I know that I really want to talk to? Is it a call I might be expecting? Is it a family member with an emergency? All kinds of reasons.
So, I rush to the phone and look at the Caller ID and see “Out of Area” or “Unknown Caller” or whatever. Frequently. Too damn frequently.
Do Not Call Does Not Work