More than half of all New Yorkers– almost nine million people- have voted against annoying sales calls by signing up for the “Do Not Call” registry.
Unfortunately, the law is still full of so many loopholes that the calls keep on coming. Most of the ones we get here at the Circus are automated. They ask us to “hold on for an important message from ________ ,” or more likely, a recorded voice just starts talking. Most of the speakers are obviously reading from a script and don’t have the talent of sounding like they’re ad libbing, so we quickly hang up.
But still, these calls come at the most inopportune times, and those loopholes need to be tightened- especially the one that allows office seekers to solicit campaign contributions.
Can you imagine Congress voting for that much-needed reform? If you’re one of the few who hasn’t signed up for “Do Not Call,” the Federal Trade Commission invites you to call 888-382-1222 or follow this link. You can also use that contact information to report violations.
Telemarketers were fined $352,000 for violations last year- obviously a drop in the bucket, compared with what they made with all that auto-dialling. There are more stats about this, but right now, I think I hear the phone…