Skip to comments.Do Not Call list imperiled
Posted on 12/05/2004 10:30:28 AM PST by SmithL
About 66 million Americans have signed up for the national Do Not Call Registry, resoundingly declaring their desire not to be bothered by telemarketers.
"It's been a wild success," acknowledged Allen Hile, a spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington.
So why mess with it?
That's what the FTC says it may do in response to a petition from Voice Mail Broadcasting Corp., a Southern California direct-marketing firm that specializes in blitzing consumers with prerecorded phone messages.
The company argues that the Federal Communications Commission allows such calls under certain circumstances, which is true, and that all it wants is for the two agencies overseeing the Do Not Call list to be in harmony -- and, not coincidentally, to unite in authorizing prerecorded calls.
Not so fast, say consumer advocates. If the FTC changes its guidelines, people could be deluged with the phone equivalent of spam.
"It literally could open the floodgates to unwanted telemarketing," said Chris Hoofnagle, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington advocacy group.
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If the Do Not Call people share my phone numbers with those telemarketers, there's going to be hell to pay. Absolute HELL.
Bullsh*t! If I am contacted by anyone who use these telemarketers, the first thing I will do is call the store or business where it came from and inform them they just lost a customer permanently.
| Ring-Ring... Homeowner: "Hello?"
Marketer "Yes... may I speak to the head of the household?"
Owner: "Why sure... just a minute..." (LONG dead silence)
Owner: "Ok... you still there?"
Marketer: "Yes." (frustrated tone)
Owner: "here's the head of the household..." (holding phone over toilet) FLUSH!!!...... CLICK!!!... Dialtone
Keep a whistle at the phone and give them a blast.
The "Do not Call List" is an example of unrestrained government spending.
I do not have any relationship with telemarketers except for the fact that I just hang up.
Every one else can hang up also.
Look at the falling dollar, just to see the effect that unrestrained government spending has.
Anyone who supports the "Do not call" laws has no right at all to complain about government spending, because they are unable to give up their pork.
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I think the dealine for comments is January 5.
This makes absolutely NO sense at all.
Everybody on the "Do Not Call" list should be asked to approve this first.
Abusing these machines when they call you is the same as kicking the ass of the gun that shoots at you.
The calls are sort of disconcerting if you have to pause having sex to answer the phone.
After I've been on the Do Not Call List, I have to tell them I Do Not Want to Be Called? Duh.
"These machines are not responsible for the humans that use them."
Then lock up the humans that buy and plug them in!
When they are released they should be put on a list of people that are never allowed to have a telephone.
"Pork" is hardly the problem with Government spending.
It's the trillions in entitlements that are spent, on top of exploding discretionary spending.
I love how people will hoot and howl ove rthe $600,000 spent on studying the owl rat living on Grandma Gerties farm, but yawn at the $21 billion the Feds spend on education every year, not to mention Social Security and Medicare.
Other than spending on bombs and such, the "Do Not Call" list was the first good use of government dollars I had seen in a long, long time.
I've never understood how these idiots stay in business considering how everyone hates them.. yeah, ticking people off is a good way to get customers..
This does not negate the annoyance of having to stop what you're doing and answer the phone, only to find it's someone intruding on your privacy - furthermore
all a hang up does is dump your number back into the system, only to be called again on the next go-round.
You must get the name of the person calling, then instruct them, per fed. law, to take you off the call list. They may comply - but will take up to 90 days to do so.
But you have to do this company by hundreds of companies. The "do not call" law takes care of that annoyance. (I worked for the largest issuer of Mastercard in the world - I learned more about the industry than I care to know. I will never own another charge card - only a debit card...which I look on as my own private credit card company - where I pay no interest, get no bill, never worry about the shenanigans they pull to zap customers with exorbitant rates/fees/ etc.
Credit card banks are one of the most destructive entities in history.
hmmmm. None of the links for comments seem to be working. Does this mean that they can honestly say that they received no objections to the proposal?
The only logical conclusion to me is that they are selling to other off duty telemarketers. ; )
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