I apologise for returning to an old subject.....cold calling...or worse, unwanted calls in times of stress!
There should be a notice in every calling centre. "Old people have a rest after lunch. You'll get no where if you wake them up! "
During the last few weeks in a period of anxiety, the calls just kept coming....often I don't pick up the phone if it says, "international" on the display. This week because we had cancelled our holiday in Madeira I had to pick up the phone.....just in case ...
The people who have been the most intrusive though were our home grown variety.
Between us David and I part with quite a lot of money on direct debit every month. We chose our causes with care and regard it as money well spent. Twice in the last month I have listened to long pitches from charities I already support. At the end I asked, "So how much more are you asking me for?"
Shocked silence followed by..."You already subscribe? " Well yes." They were trying to find new people, but surely somewhere on their books must be my name as one already persuaded .
The people who have caused the most offence are the ones who sell goods made in their own work shops. David always buys things from them. He is a soft touch in this hard bitten world.
I finally asked the lady who rang three times in the week he was really poorly to stop please for the time being, till he got better.
Two days later a very officious voice came on the phone demanding to speak to him....it was urgent she said.
She retreated in haste when I told her that he was in hospital. "Please don't keep ringing" I said .
So far so good with that one, but would the young man from the Philipines called Michael who last night rang at nine pm , only to take up a few minutes of my time on a market survey, go shove his head in the first available bucket!