Are you getting even more unwanted phone calls than ever? I am. Also more recorded messages left on my answering machine. It’s like an epidemic.
I had hoped that when the Presidential election was over, all the telephone calls from political candidates would end. They haven’t. Now I’m getting calls every day from politicians telling me why they don’t support Obama. I suppose they think it’ll buy them some votes in the next election if Obama fails to undo the damage they did when they were in power. All it does is convince me that they really are as clueless as I always believed.
The next most common calls are from collection agencies who are trying to collect debts too old to be legally collected. That would be annoying enough if the debts were my own, but it’s even more annoying that they’re debts of somebody who once had my phone number. Apparently these bogus collection agencies think I might be dumb enough to send them money just to get them to quit calling. One of the callers does give the debtor’s name — Dennis Somebody — and then after a lot of warnings that they mean business about collecting his debt, they say, “If you are not Denis Somebody, STOP LISTENING NOW!” Cracks me up every time. Probably would crack up Dennis Somebody, too, if he heard it.
Charities are calling more frequently too. I feel sad when they call. They never used to call so often or sound so desperate, and wish I could contribute to all of them.
What I REALLY wish is that the bogus collection agencies would only call the sleazy politicians, and that the politicians would send them money just to get rid of the calls, and that the bogus collectors would then give that money to the charities who are trying to help people who have genuine needs. I think I may start calling them all and suggest that.