I was chatting with my SIL a while ago and she was telling us about her days as a telemarketer. She had a lot of hilarious stories to tell, but then she said that you could always tell when you dialed a California number because Californians are so rude. I said, "Really? How so?" since Californians aren't usually known for being rude. To which she said, "Well, they don't want to listen to what I have to say, don't want to ask me any questions, don't even give me as much as an F-you. They just hang up! So rude!" Then I laughed and said, "I totally do that! I don't want you to have to waste your breath because I already know I'm not buying or donating, so why waste both of our time?" Then she went on to say that I should at least listen to the whole spiel and that people from the south listen to the whole thing and then they want to chat. Well, I don't know what southern people have going on, but the last thing I want to do is waste my time chatting with a telemarketer, so I guess I'm rude. LOL!
So anyways, do you think it's rude to hang up on telemarketers? And, where are you from?
I hang up on them. I have no interest in anything they are trying to sell me or any surveys they are doing, and they always call at hideously inappropriate times - like at dinner time, or DD's bedtime. It's a waste of my time and their time letting them go through their spiel. I used to be way more polite, and didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but in the past couple of years I've decided not to let them waste any more of my time as we tend to get several phone calls a day some days. I was raised in Canada, lived in the UK for 8-9 years now.
I say "no thank you, we are not interested. Please take us off you list". I have no time to waste on telemarketers. Here if you ask to be taken off a call list they legally have to. We also put ourselves on the national no-call list which cut down on the calls. I do think it would be rude to just hang up. At least I say no first. I am from Canada.
While I feel sorry for the telemarketers because they are just trying to do their job, I do hang up. Thanks to caller ID I rarely have to answer the phone when it's a telemarketer. I recently registered on the national Do Not Call list and that has cut the calls down considerably.
We haven't had a telemarketer call in so long--- I believe I would let them finish their spiel but normally I would just put the phone down and once I heard a pause, then I would let them know, "no thanks." I'm from Maryland.
I will admit that I have a general stereotype that southerners are much friendlier and also much slower. Not slow as in mentally, but slow as in lacking hustle, lol. My father lived in Richmond, VA for about a year or so, and I remember a cashier taking 20 minutes to check us out because she was going soooooo slowly and talking our ears off. It's nice that people are so personable, but I normally don't have very much patience to stand around and having random people saying "Hi" to me does catch me off guard at times.
Maybe it is rude... but they can also be pretty rude when you say "No thank you, I'm not interested" and they ignore that and just continue talking/trying to push whatever it is they're pushing. So yeah... I often tend to just hang up because I get sick of saying "No thanks" three or four times before they start to get the hint. Sometimes I do just hang up the minute they start talking, sometimes I say "No thanks" and then just hang up. Depends on them, my mood/what they interrupted, and how many I've already gotten that day
The biggest hint that it is a telemarketer (aside from the funny number that sometimes shows up) is the delay that happens when you answer... I usually have to say "Hello?" 2 or 3 times before they come on the line... so many times I just hang up after the first "hello" and long pause. The other hint is them butchering our last name. It's not hard. Yes, it's technically French but very few actually pronounce it as such and the English pronunciation is exactly as written... so if they call and totally butcher it or pronounce it very French, then I know they don't know us and there's a 99.9999% chance they're a telemarketer
I'm in Canada... I did register our number with the Do Not Call List but can't say it helps a whole lot sometimes
Oh... actually... one time years ago I actually applied at a local call centre. I was moving back home and we sent my resume out all over, we didn't realize what this place was LOL I got called and went to the first day (night actually, we were there from 4-10 p.m.!) of their 3-day interview/training session. I never went back for the rest. Once I realized what it was, there was no question! I can't stand telemarketing and there was no way I wanted to join their ranks!! LOL
I worked as a "fundraiser" for my university when I was a freshman. My job was to call alums and ask them to donate money to the school. I admit, I wasn't very good at my job, but I didn't get offended when people hung up on me. I'd rather them hang up if they don't plan on donating so I can get to my next call and try to raise some money!
I don't really get telemarketing calls because we don't have a land-line phone. If I did I'd absolutely hang up on them. Not everyone from the South likes to chit chat and waste time. We aren't all "slow."
For a very short time, Dh worked as a telemarketer during undergrad. He says it sucked. He stills hangs up on them to this day.
However, as an actor, if he is in the mood, he will have loads of fun with them as well. The one I remember the most was a few years ago a telemarketer called and he picked up the phone. I was lucky to be home and this is how it went....
DH- "Hello" pause pause pause "Oh sure, I own the home and I definitely have loads of time, go for it" "OK can you just give me one minute, I got a small situation going on here....(yelling to no one) hey kids, tell mom to hold on I'll call 9-1-1 in one sec. Honey, just put pressure on it, you'll be fine....(to telemarketer) OK what was that you were saying?" "Oh no problem, we are fine, go on." pause pause pause "I hate to cut you off again, just one minute.....Babe, the blood is getting on the couch, can you get your mom a towel, but not the good ones....Ok G-d I'm so sorry for rudely inturrupting you like that, go ahead"
This went on for a while and Dh said the poor guy kept saying that he would call back if it's not a good time. It was hilarious. I was on the floor trying so hard not to laugh too loud.
Mean but at least the guy had a story to tell.
What usually works is when Dh answers the phone as if he was the telemarketer and called them. Something like "Hello this is Dan, I have an offer that is too good to pass up. Would you be interested in a subscription to the world's best telemarketing magazine?" I like hearing them fight over who called who. hehe
We don't have a land line so don't really get the calls. I say "thank you we are not interested" and then hang up. Live in the NE.
I think its rude to hang up without saying a thing. But I don't agree that you have to listen to the whole spiel either.
I mean people hang up on other people on the phone when they are angry, annoyed, irritated, POd, or some other unpleasant emotion, and telemarketing calls can evoke some of those emotions. But its still not polite to hang up.
However I will interrupt if the telemarketer is slick in getting off and running without giving me even a moment to interject. Also probably rude to interrupt technically, but I think its a lot less rude than hanging up completely.
I try to be polite as possible.
Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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