Answering The Phone
So Dave Stancliff reports the feds shut down at least some of the guys calling people on the phone selling extended warranties. Goodie for them, but I still don't understand why people feel they absolutely have to answer the phone every time it rings.
It's kind of like that one guy the paper quoted back when the cell phone driving ban was being discussed. He said, When the phone rings, you just have to answer it....
No, you don't. That's what answering machines and voice mail are for. Sure, telemarketers might be a slightly different subject, but seems to me the answer is the same: Use your answering machine.
I nearly always screen my calls by having the answering machine pick up the call first. As soon as I hear who it is, if it's someone I want to talk to, I'll pick up the phone and turn off the answering machine. Works quite well and I'm always a little peeved at myself when I decide to just answer the phone and it ends up being some guy soliciting for some police and fireman's fund.
Use your answering machine if you don't like dealing with telemarketers. It works for me. It should work for the wife, too, but she's a lot like the rest of you that feels she just has to pick up the phone every time it rings. Then she's all pissed off when it turns out to be a telemarketer.
I keep telling her: Let the answering machine answer the call first. It works.