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Dealing Effectively with Annoying Sales Calls

October 23, 2012

This post is about how to effectively deal with annoying sales calls, besides simply hanging up on the person, if he or she is especially intrusive:a) monologue about a really esoteric fixation of yours, rattle off advertisements or strings of memorized information that can be totally irrelevant to the subject of the call (in Congress, at least in the Senate, such conduct is known as filibustering, and it is mainly used to kill time and try to kill a bill). The more distant the information from the auditory-assaulting (changed wording on advice of a reader) session (the sales call), the better. This post was inspired by an article in the Herald Tribune (I can’t remember which one, I came up with this idea over a year ago) The author of the article said that he kept getting spam emails from Trump University about courses and stuff. The chairman of said university, Donald Trump, is a pompous asshole who is also full of shit, in my humble opinion.

If you are an autistic adult living independently and get annoying sales calls, your special interests could come in very handy. You could talk someone’s ear off about the very specific technical details of your particular special interest. Of course, this will only really work if you either don’t have overwhelming telephone anxiety in the first place, or else you are able to get through phone anxiety enough to talk about your special interest. The simple and boring solution would be to just hang up on the person. But that’s not very interesting! Many autistic people like to find ways to make things interesting in their own ways, even while we often insist on keeping specific routines that may seem anything BUT interesting to outside observers.

Wow. This went in a different direction than whoever started writing this had in mind. That happens sometimes. And it’s not a bad thing.

Non-autistic people who get annoying sales calls (happens all the time) perhaps read something from a cookbook if you’re into cooking, or from a book you’re reading, talk about your kids or pets or other family members (be careful not to give identifying personal information of course)

Ivan.

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3 comments

  1. I’m kinda fond of “if I’m interested in your product/service, I’ll seek you out. Kindly don’t call again.” approach.

    Leastwise here in PA they’re required to comply with such a request.

    [Uh…pretty confident that a phone call, no matter how bad, really isn’t something that qualifies for the term “rape”. Violating sensory boundaries and violating physical integrity are two distinct things. Respectfully recommend revising that at your first opportunity.]


    • Whoa! Thanks. Ivan probably didn’t even see that when he finished writing that post.

      Fixed. Thanks for pointing it out!

      Andrea


    • But how is that enforced? How do enforcers know when a salesperson is asked not to call again? How are such records kept?

      Andrea



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