OK, so I'm a crabby old fart but this really irritated me

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    This afternoon I got a "Pet Amber Alert" phone call about a dog that has been missing for over a month. It came from this website:


    I was totally offended by this "robo" call so I called the number they left and gave the woman a piece of my mind.

    How awful for people who have actually lost children and who have had such an alert put out on their lost children, especially if they receive such a call.
  2. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    I agree - while I understand a lost pet can be devastating, comparing a lost pet to a stolen child minimizes the value of human life...jmho...PS I'm a crabby old fart too -
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I'm with the two of you. I also have a very low tolerance for robo-calls.
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That's one step in the right direction. Now get rid of the nonprofits & politicians begging for money. Mike the Scrooge doesn't want to hear from any of them.

    Telemarketers got so bad at our cabin (even w/ the MN & federal do-not-call registries) that I resurrected our mid-80's message recorder (only plays my message, not set to take any): "Hi, this is Mike. If you're a telemarketer, hang up NOW. Place this number on your on your do-not-call list and do not call this number again. It didn't help, but at least we never have to listen to it ring > once; it also gives me an easy way to verify power outages. The real solution has been to leave my computer dialed up to the internet 24/7 when we're there, since the ISP (local phone company) doesn't care if people camp on the lines.e

    If there weren't a penalty for murder, I might give up blogging and start killing spammers & telemarketers for sport. :D
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  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I've been getting lots of calls recently and finally set the machine to answer on the second ring. That has stopped most of them.
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

  8. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    We ditched our landline last year because of robo calls and wow, the peace and quiet is heavenly.
  9. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I sent them an e-mail this morning after filing a report with the FCC and got a message back, with a very nasty/smirking "tone," that they are exempt from the Do Not Call list.
  10. lkkinetic

    lkkinetic Original Member

    We did too, quite nice.
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If you have an old modem (remember dialups?) you can set up a script to robo-call them back & get even. For example to dial 123-4567, wait 10 seconds & hang up, the modem command is:atdt1234567,,,,,h

    Then set up a script to do that every few minutes ... :D
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  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    As did we. I missed our payment on one of two lines ONE month (just extremely busy, never got around to cutting the check) and they discontinued both lines. One line (used mainly for dial up & fax) I had planned to drop for a year since I got my 2G modem, so ... I went up to my study, put in an order with TMobile to move our main land line to a cell phone for the spousal unit; that forced the local phone company to reconnect it immediately so the number transfer would work properly. Then when my wife had her cell phone, we called the land-line phone company, reamed them & told them to send us a final bill for both numbers.

    Then they started begging for our business back ... Too late, suckers! We never looked back. Nothing like a little motivation to join the 21st Century.
  13. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The phone line at my parent's house was the next best thing to unusable after a rain storm, and the phone company could never fix it. After Mom died Dad moved the house number to Verizon. So he is now officially a potential terrorist for having multiple cell phones. :p Only problem is that his 4G modem sucks the Rocky Mountains. We can't ever get it to work at the house, and we're LOS to the Frankenpine.

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