Trudi’s Corner: Annoying Phone Calls

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By Trudi Cunningham

How many of you are getting ridiculous and what I would consider unnecessary telephone calls and solicitations? Do you remember the toll-free number you were able to call, to have your number put on a no-call list? I have no idea how long that is in effect, or if it is O.K. now, or you may again be receiving calls you do not want.

It would seem that I am getting various calls from companies for any number of services, such as cleaning my rugs or to change my electric service. I know there are certain ones that are allowed to solicit for money, and possibly the electric one may be all right because the beginning statement made talks about government approval. Regardless, as soon as it came up, I picked up my phone and disconnected. I have gotten the same proposal by mail, and at this point I’m not interested so I just drop it in my square file. I am not concerned and don’t want to be bothered, is that so hard to understand?

It probably doesn’t seem logical to some, because of the economy, and I do know someone who has done this and seems to be satisfied at the benefit involved. I also know people who have discontinued their in-house phone service and just use their cell phones. I had thought about it, but then I would have to remember to keep track of that and be sure it was charged properly. Next it would mean letting so many know about my changed phone number. Well, forget about that!

My phone message is as follows: “Please give your name, or I will not answer if I am here. Other than that, you know the rest of it.” My friends think it’s hilarious, but “trust me, it works, thank you very much.”

For those who may need the number to sign up for the federal Do Not Call list, it is 1-888-382-1222. If you’re a computer user, you can go to www.donotcall.gov. I hope I didn’t goof it up. I know I’ll hear about it.


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