atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#3025: I'd be better if YOU WOULD STOP CALLING MY NUMBER

Over the past several days a company that shows up as "New A Co" in the Caller ID window of my phone has been spamming my phone number.

They called four times yesterday alone.

So today I picked up the second time they called. Turns out to be a promotion of some kind of home security system, the old scam of "we'll install it for free and all you have to do is put up a small sign in front of your house!"

I told the guy I didn't want any and to stop calling me.

...so just now, "New A Co" called me again. "Hi, this is Tom with Home Security, how are you this evening?"

"Well, I'm fine, Tom."

"That's great. BLAH BLAH BLAH home security system BLAH BLAH."

"I'm not interested and--"

"BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH $800 value BLAH BLAH"

"SIR, I WANT YOU TO STOP CALLING THIS NUMBER! GOOD BYE!" And I hung up.

...because yeah, there are all kinds of companies just dying to give away $800 worth of product in exchange for you putting up a sign in your front yard, right?

Where they get you, of course, is in the monitoring fees. The system and its installation are free (as long as you put up the little sign) but you have to pay a monthly fee for them to call 911 if the alarm is triggered. Get it?

Since I told them once to stop calling me and they were undeterred by it, I am assuming that I'll have to take a third call from these shitheads, probably today, and explain yet again that I do not want their service and I WANT THEM TO STOP CALLING ME.

...and then I'll lodge a complaint with the phone company, too--or whoever they tell me to talk to--because this is horseshit. There are a total of seven frickin' calls listed in my caller ID--see below--five of them from one number at "New A Co". I know that these shitheads have called me more than seven times in the past two days alone, and I'm getting SICK of it.

My phone tends to re-use Caller ID memory slots in a weird way, so it never records the actual number of calls received; it records calls from unique phone numbers but sometimes will overwrite similar numbers approximately at random. So if Joe Blow calls me from 555-1234, and then calls me from 555-9876, sometimes it'll be recorded as two numbers and sometimes it won't, depending on what the name associated with the number is. Also, it records the earliest date that a particular number called rather than the latest one. I think the algorithm is a bit buggy, but I don't really care since all I do is look at the display as the phone is actually ringing.

The point is, these shitheads have now pissed me off.

..."Circulation Dev" seems to have gotten the message when I yelled "FUUUUUUCK YOOOOOU" into the phone on the 14th. I'd prefer not to have to do that with these asshats, but I will if I have to. Fuckers.

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Now I'm all mad. I hate that.
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