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Re: [vox] [OT] telemarketing calls

> > What you have sounds just about right.  Lately I'm getting recordings; not 
> > even a live person.  What's worse, I've even gotten recordings asking me to 
> > pick a menu; "Press (1) for ...
> Arrrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!! I hate these the most especially when they 
> call at 8:45pm after Isaac is sleeping.  The most recent one 
> required that you listen to a 10 minute spiel and call another
> number and listen to a 5 minute spiel before you could leave
> a message for someone to call back.  I asked to be placed on their
> do not call list and the person on the other end seemed shocked 
> that I would want that.

Isn't this... ILLEGAL?  I remember when they PASSED that law, f'r cryin' out 
loud; my parents were all happy because, at the time, the telemarketers had these 
really evil recorded messages that wouldn't relinquish the phone line *even if 
you hung up*.  You'd hang up the phone and pick it up a few seconds later, and 
the machine would still be jabbering away.  You couldn't place or receive any 
calls until the spiel was done.  It really sucked.
<google search>
Ah, here it is.  The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, passed 1991, apparently 
also known as 47 U.S.C. section 227. [1]  227(b)(1)(B) specifically outlaws 
prerecorded pitches:
"Unsolicited prerecorded telephone solicitations to residential telephone lines 
without prior express consent or prior business relationship are prohibited."

You can apparantly sue for $500 per violation, treble damages for willful 
violations.  Mmmm, free money.  :)


--nicole twn

[1] Does anyone know how to enter special characters in vi?  Like, say, the 
"section" (funny-looking "S") character?  Shanks.
"I hope I never end up in one of your quotes."--name withheld out of mercy
Visit www.nicolopolis.com ... digital nonsense for a weary world.
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