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British Man Turns the Tables on Telemarketers By Charging Them to Call Him

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- 1758 days ago -
The BBC reports that Beaumont became so sick of getting calls from marketing companies that he changed his phone number settings so that incoming callers have to pay him a small fee to connect.

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JL A (281)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:13 pm
I like that solution (had one today)!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:35 pm
Thank you for the good news!

Eternal Gardener (745)
Friday August 30, 2013, 6:29 pm
That's brilliant! Wish I'd thought of that!

Friday August 30, 2013, 6:37 pm
Good for him. The "do not call" list in the US hasn't worked. Does anybody ever even buy anything from phone solicitors?

Past Member (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 7:40 pm
That was a very clever solution! I use the telemarketing blocking system started by PROCON here in Brazil and works really great, can't remember the last time solicitors called. I'm "phone nuisance-free." :-) Thank you for posting Carrie!

Laura T (105)
Friday August 30, 2013, 7:48 pm
god for him! thanks for posting this!

Laura T (105)
Friday August 30, 2013, 7:52 pm
whoops good, not god, typo. I think the keys are sticking, apologies. my bad.

Jason S (50)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:21 pm
Good posting, thanks

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:05 pm
I never thought of making them pay me but when I tell them my problems they apologize and ask if they can hang up.

Edith B (146)
Friday August 30, 2013, 9:27 pm
What a great idea!

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Friday August 30, 2013, 10:16 pm
That's great!! Thanks carrie... That's brilliant.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:16 am
I never even thought this a possibility---brilliant! Thanks Carrie

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:32 am
I like it.

aj E (164)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 7:50 am
good idea. I like the idea to tell them your problems. start out by saying hey, i'm so glad you called - my therapist is out of town this week.

Les M (3)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:15 am
what a fantastic idea! since we have caller id, I don't answer the phone unless I recognize the number but if you don't mind talking to telemarketers, this is the way to go.

Ben O (150)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:16 am
In Sweden we have a "Nix Telephone" option, it works just big deal...

cynthia l (207)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 10:31 am

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 11:10 am
Smart man! I have a line on my answering machine that says "I do not accept telemarketers calls, so take me off the list". It is good for a year, and if they keep calling I just report it to my telephone provider and they get blocked.

Marija M (29)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 11:58 am
clever, fantastic idea

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 12:53 pm
Both this and Gloria's idea sound good. I usually freeze them off - after telling them they are lying.

S S (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:01 pm
Thank you.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:35 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie.
I'm still laughing at Gloria's comment......really good one!
(I just let the answering machine pick up all calls, since I don't have caller I.D....and check (erase) them later).

Dianna M (16)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 1:57 pm
I'm betting it won't take long for the telemarketing lobby to get Congress to make this illegal. It's okay for telemarketing firms to call your cell phone and waste your minutes, it's okay for your cell phone provider to make extra money selling your number to those telemarking firms, but for you to make money from Big Business harassing YOU? OH MY GOD THAT'S SO UN-AMERICAN!

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 2:46 pm
Excellent plan!

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 3:53 pm
Bravo! I like it.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:03 pm
Brilliant idea...also love Gloria's. I have aproblem with telemarketer who have a taped message to satrt the call off. You can't tell them to take you off their list until after the tape runs out. Of course, getting paid while the tape's running wouldn't be bad. Just set the phone aside and keep doing what you were doing before they interrupted. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:08 pm
this is BRILLIANT!!!!!

Vicky P (476)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 5:39 pm
haha, I need to learn how to do that :p we get too many

Jeremy S (3)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 6:04 pm
That's ingenious! I get too many valid calls to want to do that myself (well, actually, I don't get many calls at all, but those that I do get are usually valid)--but it sounds like a brilliant idea for different circumstances.

Winnie Adams (179)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:30 pm
Good for him!!!!!!!

Lindsey O (19)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 11:28 pm
I used to get tons of telemarketing calls before I put my number on the Do Not Call List several years ago. It worked well - and now I rarely get one. I don't blame telemarketers for wanting to try and sell me things - but I'm not going to buy what they're selling anyway and it's a pain to get those calls.

Julie W (32)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 12:57 am
I went on the 'do not call' list too, but most Asian companies just ignore it. I don't get enough nuisance calls to justify doing this though.

I actually feel sorry for the poor people who have to do this to earn money, so I'm never rude. When they ask to speak to Ms X, I say 'she's not home, can I take a message?' This gets rid of them quickly with no rudeness.

Ruth S. (0)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:38 am
Hahaha! This is the funniest way to handle telemarketing calls! If I charged all those callers I reported to I would have made a fortune.

pam w (139)
Sunday September 1, 2013, 6:51 am
I know the callers need their jobs and I know it adds to the economy, blah, blah, blah....but it's just verbal JUNK MAIL and I resent it!

Noelle S (12)
Monday September 2, 2013, 11:38 am
Haha! What a good idea!!
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