(2) Mon Mar 21 2005 19:38 Most annoying: At my job I call people to verify info that they send us on their stories. Anyway, one of the most annoying things that happens is when I get the answering machine and I am halfway done leaving a message and all the sudden they pick up the phone and say hello. This is highly irritating to me b/c first of all I wasted my time and breath, secondly I hate the fact that they were just sitting there listening to me leave a message and at their discretion pick up the phone. I think it is rude. It just bothers me when people screen their calls. Maybe it is because I never get telemarketing calls. Listen people I have worked in telemarketing before (not now though) and the best thing to do is answer the phone and tell telemarketers to put you on their DO NOT CALL list, b/c if you just try to avoid them they will keep calling you back until they get a yes or no on whether you want to buy their product. That way you don't have to treat people who do have legit reasons to call like they are doing something wrong when in fact they are doing you a favor. So there!