Wed Feb 23 2000 09:52: This is an approximation of the phone call I just got:Lady: I'm from GTE [local phone monopoly] and I'd like to talk to you about caller ID caller ID has many fabulous features and costs just x amount and comes with feature 1 and feature 2 so let's get you set up with caller ID right away, okay?
leonardr: Quite frankly, I couldn't have less use for that.
Lady: I'd like to tell you about our fabulous call waiting service call waiting has many wonderful features such as feature 1 and feature 2 and if you sign up now you get feature 3 so let's sign you up for call waiting right now, okay?
leonardr: Look, I know you're just doing your job, but I have no use for any of that.
Lady: I'm calling to tell you about our wonderful system where--
leonardr: Are you a person or a recording?
Lady: No sir.
leonardr: Because I don't need anything. I'm fine.
Lady: Are there any services I can help you with?
leonardr: No, I'm fine.
It took about twenty seconds after that point to convince her that I didn't need any of GTE's services except the ones I'm already paying for. I don't even need the ones I'm paying for, but Dan needs a phone.
I've gotten telemarketing phone calls before, but never one where the person just went into another sales pitch after one was rejected. She really did sound like a recording. I wasn't asking to be rude.