Calling Telemarketers Back
from the funny-how-that-works... dept
People really seem to get a certain sense of satisfaction from turning things around on folks who bug them. When spammers get found out, people figure out ways to spam them back (often through snail mail). Now, people are taking on telemarketers by calling them back. Earlier this year we had the story of a comedian who started calling telemarketers in the middle of the night to wake them up. Now, Dave Barry has apparently told readers to call a telemarketing firm that was complaining that the “Do Not Call” list violated their constitutional rights to bug people (which amendment was that one again?). It appears the recommendation has had its intended effect. The telemarketing firm has stopped answering their phones, and says the calls have been costly. They don’t seem to note the irony of the situation, of course. Funny, they originally complained that the “Do Not Call” list would force them to cut jobs – and now they’re complaining that all these calls from Dave Barry’s readers are costly because of “staffing issues”. Shouldn’t they be celebrating? All these calls are helping them keep their staff employed.