I have at last reached the point where I should be owed a cheque from Google for all the advertisements here and on the Wibsite. Unfortunately the last time I logged onto my Google control panel there was a message asking me to verify my telephone number and I am concerned that all is not well. What if a little man or woman from Google in America has been trying to telephone me to discuss my money? The problem is that usually when I get a phone call and there is a pause and then someone says ‘Hello, Mr Walker?’ they receive the full force of my wrath before I have had a chance to hear who they are. Something along the lines of ‘I’m sorry, I am not interested, goodbye.’ Oh, such wrath. So people at Google in America, if you have been trying to telephone and you keep getting a disagreeable answer I am sorry.
Apart from the telephone preference service which I used to have but now do not I found a useful service on the internet called SorryGottaGo.com which has lots of sounds that you can store on your computer and then play in the background when a telemarketer rings enabling you to make your excuses and put the telephone down. Things like “I can’t hear you (Helicopter noise)” or “The office party is starting” or “There are cows going by”. Marvellous and most useful.
I found this link on US conservative Christian site the Evangelical Outpost, where the commenters were rather concerned that using such a tactic was rather dishonest and deceptive and that a better way to get rid of them would be to evangelise them. I think that says something, though I couldn’t possibly say what.