I don’t think telemarketers quite get it. My daughter has been getting bugged by calls from an 800-number. She asked me today if I could get them to stop. For me, that’s an easy solution. And for many, maybe most adults, it’s quite simple. Answer the phone and request that the calls cease.
My daughter and I (who still have our 816 area code, by the way) were getting tons of robocalls from Republicans in December. There’s no real way to stop them. They don’t identify*. The only solace is that by election night you know they’ll be moving on to another state–hopefully not Missouri.
So yes, the operator to whom I spoke earlier today was truth-talking (I’m sure) when she said, “All your daughter had to do was to answer the phone two months ago and tell us it was the wrong number.” But there are other truths here. Some teens are still children in some aspects. Some young people don’t like talking to adults. Some adults don’t like to talk to teens, nor do they listen to them. Sometimes when you’re calling a number for two months and you don’t get any results, you chalk it up to the other person–whoever they are–not wanting to talk to you for any reason. And during an election year, sometimes even adults don’t want to be bothered talking to strangers. Sometimes you don’t need to talk to get the message.
Meanwhile, I will encourage my daughter to stand up for herself and, when appropriate, tell strangers who call her to stop the attempts and remove her number from their lists. For her part, the young miss will probably remind me that teenagers usually roll their eyes, grunt, and/or mumble, and that usually is enough to scare away the adults.
* Personally, I would prefer to see no anonymous calls at all anywhere. I think if every caller had to identify herself or himself, and communicate that in some way, we would have a greater level of honesty and truthfulness in telephony.