I cannot STAND it when someone calls my cell or land line to speak with me but they don't ask to do so. Instead they've foolishly been trained to go right into the purpose of calling without confirming the correct party is on the line. For many reasons, one being third party disclosure, businesses should really stop doing that.
I mean, my mom always taught me to ask for what I want. I would think this can be applied to telephone etiquette as well. It is just so rude to start talking like that regardless of the reason for calling.
Telemarketers, solicitors, bill collectors, etc. need to learn how to properly id persons on the line by ASKING. You'll get much further with people if you do so, I call it common sense.
They would still not get any further with me than me putting down the phone and leaving it there. A few minutes of talking to themselves seems to get me taken off their lists in ways that complaints never do.
Give the phone to a young (1 or 2 year old) child. They will love to play with it and "talk" to their new friend!
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