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Rapid fire

I get these phone calls, I had one on the answering machine today. The woman starts talking in a nice even pace, easy to follow. When she gets to the phone number it is full auto rapid fire, like her voce hit warp speed. Pen in hand I get the first two numbers. Now it is time to see how many times I have to listen to the message to get the number. I know the people who do this do not even know they are doing it.

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.....and it's usually a long number, like 1-888-*%#-&%$# extension (^$@.

Uh, what was that number again?

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Proper etiquet is to give the name and number first than the message than the name and number again at the end.

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gixxerific wrote:Proper etiquet is to give the name and number first than the message than the name and number again at the end.
Etiquette has gone out the window a long time ago. Except for us old fogies. I think these people are wanting you NOT to get the phone # so that they can sue you for lack of response....

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I don't know about the rest of you good folks but I registered my house and cell phone on the "Do Not Call" list but still get cold calls for credit card companies wanting to save me money even though I have no credit card debt.

Then there were the political calls from the left and right wondering how I was thinking about voting this past election.

Add to that the Arbitron survey on my TV watching habits and I've had it up to here with the intrusions.

I actually cancelled home phone service about a year ago since I have 2 cell phones active in my house most of the time. I mean, how much communicative devices does one house need. And how much intrusion on my privacy are they willing to take. The obvious answer is-----a lot of it.

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I finally signed up for caller ID. It's about $5.00 per month. When the phone rings the number is displayed and added to a incoming call list. No more unwanted answered calls. :wink:

What bugs me is phone number message rhythm. It should be 3 numbers ~ 3 numbers ~ 2 then 2. XXX-XXX-XX,XX Often it's jumbled up

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Okay, here is some insight from a guy who is nearly deaf. And, I don't use a phone anymore but did . . .

Telephone numbers have no context. They are essentially random numbers.

If someone says, "One, two, three, %*)^, #%&^." You can probably ascertain that it is, "One, two, three, four, five." Understanding, or a good guess, doesn't require the precise hearing of the words after "One, two, three." Telephone numbers are NOT like this.

I could fake hearing for years and years. We all do it, subconsciously. If we hear, "Good morning, %*)^ #%&^ *%^%, today?" We respond, "Fine, thanks! How are you?"

A few years ago, it became just too much "#%&^" and with a rising inflection at the end of the sentence. It could be "Good morning, how are you, today?" Or, "What the hell are you doing here?" Could be anything. I don't remember when understanding telephone numbers went out the window. Earlier century . . .

Steve

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I hate when people leave 5 min messages. Name and number are good enough. I have actually had people run out of room on my VM at work because they went on and on.

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I heard that political calls are exempt from no-call because it's a "public service" :roll:

...I occasionally/rarely get junk calls on my cell phone. Had one yesterday --
cell phone rang and it was a same area code number - didn't recognize it but looked familiar so I answered it --
"hello, my name is blah blah. You recently participated in a survey"
"no I didn't"
"...in the survey, you indicated you are interested in a new job"
"no I'm not. You have a wrong number. Please don't call again." tap
...2 hrs later... A call from the same number. I didn't answer that time. :roll:

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Some time ago my wife was down in North Cal for a medical emergency in the family. I left the phone on in case she need to get a hold of me. I work nights so I sleep in the late afternoon. A call comes in so I get up and answer it. The woman starts her sales pitch at 100 miles per hour. I could just have hung up but being a bit of a smart azz I told her she woke me up, this did not even slow down the sales pitch. I told her that as I was asleep and could not follow what she was saying and that I work nights, and if she gave me her home phone number I would call her at 3:30 AM on my lunch break. She said she did not want me calling her at home. I said that "you do not want me to call you at home and wake you up to talk about your business?" She said"no", I then asked her "how do you think I feel about it?". She hung up.



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