Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for July 12, 2021

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    Rumball Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Free quotes on extended auto warrantees!

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    in.amongst  over 2 years ago

    Looks a tad bit ad-hoc(k).

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    Concretionist  over 2 years ago

    I knew someone who worked at a legit telemarketing job briefly. According to her informed opinion, shoveling pig poo would be preferable. In the summer. With a small shovel.

    When I get a call from “Microsoft support”, I sometimes enjoy drawing out the interaction with the scammer on the other end of the line, but usually, I just hang up. Or say “You’re not just a liar, you’re a BAD liar” and then hang up.

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    baddawg1989  over 2 years ago

    This one’s missing a dump truck barreling down on the guy…

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    Alabama Al  over 2 years ago

    It appears traffic has been blocked off and parked cars moved so the telemarketers could have their (his?) parade. From the amount of irritation and frustration it undoubtedly generated, the Telemarketing Parade was a smashing success.

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    Superfrog  over 2 years ago

    It was a bad call.

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    Deja Moo  over 2 years ago

    Where’s the torches and pitchforks? Nah, just pretending he doesn’t exist is about right.

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    Baarorso  over 2 years ago

    Even though I had a stint or two in telesales, I STILL give the telemarketers that call me no mercy, telling them off for the fraudsters they are and hanging up on them.

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    Vilyehm  over 2 years ago

    Yell at that guy, “Would you like to upgrade to a better road?”

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    EasternWoods  over 2 years ago

    I’m surprised that even ONE person showed up

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    keenanthelibrarian  over 2 years ago

    He appears to be walking The Road Less Travelled.

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    JH&Cats  over 2 years ago

    There’s no reason to berate the hapless employees who really need the inadequate money. It’s the schemers who assign them the task who are to blame.

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    EasternWoods  over 2 years ago

    At the risk of being called a racist, I thought most telemarketing is from India. This guy is a whitey

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I’m impressed – they got a 100% turnout from their supporters.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I don’t answer a number I don’t know. If it is important they will leave a message.

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    Lawrence.S  over 2 years ago

    They closed the street for that? (You’d think they’d want the telemarketers playing in traffic.)

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    dflak  over 2 years ago

    You could not pay me enough to do the job of a telemarketer and yet, it’s a minimum wage job.

    Fortunately, many are spared being chained to the oars. They have been replaced by robots.

    Like most, I let caller ID screen my calls. I have special ring tones programmed for the 90% of people I want to talk to.

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    phredturner  over 2 years ago

    Politicians taking contributions from telemarketers to not control them should be leading the parade

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    sandpiper  over 2 years ago

    Unanswered calls increased a bunch last week. Seems they work in waves. Heavy numbers for several days, then days without a call. Guess those days they are spending the loot from the folks who actually fell for the scams. When they’re spent out, they plug in the robot for another round.

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    artmer  over 2 years ago

    A business suit and tie? Wow. I picture the douchebag in a sweaty mumu and greasy hair that has never been washed.

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    well-i-never  over 2 years ago

    …but a suit? Really?

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    As much a telemarketers are reviled, they must be effective at finding the gullible. They are still doing it.

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    david_42  over 2 years ago

    My wife replaced her Samsung S5 Active, the new phone displays “telemarketer” as needed. I just ignore calls not in my list.

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    LarryHScheinman  over 2 years ago

    To be perfectly fair… telemarketers deserve their own parade… through a mine field

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    wallylm  over 2 years ago

    Streets are too clean. Would have expected all sorts of crap being thrown at the guy.

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    LaurentVaillancourt  over 2 years ago

    Young and naive, I worked legitimate telemarketer job once. Between the abuse thrown into my ear by the potential customers and the supervisor walking around shouting for “MORE HUSTLE” like a hockey coach, I tried to quit two hours into a four hour shift. They asked me to stay three hours to make some payroll paperwork easier. I did and thus ended that career.

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    batesmom7  over 2 years ago

    I once took a few minutes to politely challenge a telemarketer from India (with an obviously “adopted” American first name) if he wanted to go through life knowing he was trying to take advantage of people and take their hard earned money, and did he want that to be the story of his life. He actually listened and did not just hang up on me. Another time I told a credit card scammer I was on the Do Not Call list so he owed me money. He said, “Good luck collecting!” and hung up on me.

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    pheets  over 2 years ago

    Tell them that your credit score is less than 10, they will hang up, promise.

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    TimBenzidrene  over 2 years ago

    True confession time, folks…..

    Back in the 80’s…..I worked part time as a telemarketer for both AT&T….and MCI as well.

    “Dial and smile”…..300+ calls a shift. Out of those 300, you’d be lucky to normally get 6 or 7 to agree to the trial (Anyone remember “Friends and Family”???) Horrible work, but I needed the money. I never lied to anyone, never tried to “slam” anyone.

    We all have our dark pasts……. : >)

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    JosephShriver  over 2 years ago

    So glad for voice mail. The wife has fun and answers in Spanish

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    ms-ss  over 2 years ago

    I get quite a few “Hi Grandpa, I’m in jail.” My wife and I must be on an old peoples list somewhere.

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    mistercatworks  over 2 years ago

    The last one involved some nasty lynching threats.

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    l3i7l  over 2 years ago

    One otherwise quiet day I received numerous “Missed Calls”, with legitimate sounding names, from phone numbers in my area code. So I did a little research. All of the “callers” had died in the last few months. The scammers must go through obituaries to collect names, and then match them with the correct phone numbers to use for their spoofing.

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    the lost wizard  over 2 years ago

    Must be dinnertime and they’re all busy calling people.

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    paranormal  over 2 years ago

    Looks more like the warmup for this years Death Race 2021…

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  over 2 years ago

    I have a screening app, most scammers (read telemarketers) just hang up, but occasionally one will leave a message, the delete button works just fine, when I get around to it.

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    Cactus-Pete  over 2 years ago

    I don’t get this. What’s being rebranded (given a new name)?

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    Need coffee  over 2 years ago

    Fairly sure this is actually a documentary:

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    GreenT267  over 2 years ago

    Growing up we had one phone in the house and it was on a party line so it was shared by a lot of people. So we used it sparingly. And we only answered when it rang our code (two rings in succession). We didn’t run to the phone and pick it up just because it made noise. We [older folks in particular] need to get back into that frame of mind — just because the phone rings, it doesn’t mean we have to answer it. Even landlines can have caller ID. If we aren’t expecting a call, then there is absolutely no reason to answer the phone. It’s YOUR phone, YOU can choose whether you want to talk on it or not. You have a phone for YOUR convenience, not other peoples’. Don’t bother answering unknown phone numbers — it is YOUR time that is being wasted, not theirs (they are paid to dial and talk). And it is YOUR blood pressure that is important. Why get worked up and angry when you don’t need to be? Just ignore the ring or mute the phone — walk outside for a few minutes, check on the laundry, pet the cat. It is amazing how much better a day feels when you realize that you are in control of the phone.

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    kunddog  over 2 years ago

    a long time ago I work in a telecom company, there was a policy that if possible we would avoid disconnecting a customer call during the maintenance window (12am -5am). there was one call that wouldn’t drop so went to monitor it to see if it was just a hung circuit. Turns out there was a telemarketer just hammering away at some old lady to give money to some special interest group.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I’m actually perversely grateful that telemarketers have driven so many people to letting calls go thru to voice mail. I do a lot of phone banking to (supposed) supporters of my favored political candidates, and I would frankly much rather leave a brief, efficiently prepared message than have to engage in a conversation with an actual person.

    The exception to this is that very occasionally I’ll get a live person who was unaccountably on my call list by mistake and doesn’t like my candidate. I always try to find out why, so I can pass that info up the line to the people who are shaping the candidate’s message.

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    KeithPixton1  over 2 years ago

    In college my social studies class had to do a survey using random numbers from the phone book. Unfortunately, this was right at the start of the caller ID era, so it was a complete failure.

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    Bilan  over 2 years ago

    Reminds me of an old Far Side. A meeting of the people that hated “Dances With Wolves”. There were only three people in the meeting hall.

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    95  over 2 years ago

    Proving the uniting power of a common enemy.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Telemarketers don’t realize (808) means Hawai`i. They call at CA 9 am when it’s 6 am here.Answer: Answering machine. They hang up.

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    oakie817  over 2 years ago

    i have been a telemarketer or 30 years…current gig…inbound for state, looking up doctors and specialists for children with disabilities

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    bakana  over 2 years ago

    The Telemarketers couldn’t get the day off to be In the parade.

    They have to work on All Holidays because that’s when the most people are home to pick up the phone.

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    Squoop  over 2 years ago

    If it’s a non-local number I don’t recognize and they don’t leave a message, then I block their number.

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    dflak  over 2 years ago

    Nomorobo works with most carriers and is free for land lines. The phone rings once and then hangs up.

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    MartinDamary  over 2 years ago

    My best discussion with “Microsoft” ended up with the guy at the other end thoroughly upset and insulting me, because I accused him of being Indian whereas he was Pakistani.

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