Let's Ban recorded phone calls.
I'm in the shower when the phone rings. It may be my sister calling about our dying mother, so I wrap a towel around me and rush to the phone. I hear a recording that starts off “Hello Seniors”. I hang up.
A half hour later, in the midst of cooking, the phone rings again. Maybe this time it really will be my sister calling. I turn off the burners and move quickly to the phone. Now, I hear a recorded “Don't hang up”, which I immediately do.
After I finish cooking and am just starting to enjoy a hot meal, the phone rings. This time, I take my time getting to it. It is another recorded message. This one wants to warn me – something about the FBI.
During the rest of the day I will answer the phone to a few more sales calls. One will be for remodeling, another for solar power, then carpet cleaning, and air conditioning. This pattern repeats almost daily. I try not to be too unpleasant with these callers. Annoying as telemarketers are, at least it is honest work - for the most part.
I understand the importance of marketing – I made my living in advertising. But I think .“Robo Calls” should be outlawed.