How Did You Get My Number

I have no idea why, but the bundle package for cable costs less if you include internet and telephone service. We ended up getting a house phone, which turned out to be necessary since our cell phone service barely works in the apartment. (Sprint needs to step its game up!)

We had the service for a week or so, but we never bothered to purchase a phone, until today. The first thing that @EFidalgo12 said was, “now we’re going to start getting calls from telemarketers.” I disagreed because, we haven’t given out the number to family and friends; it is completely private. (Or so I thought!)

While watching a movie, I heard a ringing which I initially believed to be the phone, but then I realized the ringing came from a phone in the movie. I laughed and said, “I thought that was our first call.” @EFidalgo12 looked at the phone and saw that it was lit. He picked up the receiver and immediately laughed. The call was from a telemarketer from asking if we wanted a subscription to the Los Angeles Times. “No thanks!” (These people are unbelievable!)

How the hell did they get our number? When we signed up for the service, they asked if we wanted a private unlisted number for an extra monthly charge, but we didn’t see the need. Well, I think it’s time to reconsider our decision. If I am wakened by a call from a telemarketer, there will be hell to pay! (I honestly have no idea what that even means. How the hell do you pay hell?)

I think telemarketing is the one profession I would never agree to join. I can’t bring myself to call random people in an effort to convince them to make an unnecessary purchase. The way I see it, if I don’t want to be bothered by these individuals, why would I ever join the dark side. (Not that telemarketers are evil people!)

There has to be a better way to sell products and services. Maybe, the government should ban telemarketing and force companies to utilize the internet if they have a need to bother prospective customers! (I don’t like popups or spam mail, but they are better than random, annoying phone calls!)

I hope this will be the last telemarketing call that we receive, but something tells me this is only the beginning!


Published by Peter Teixeira

First and foremost, I enjoy writing stories. I recently completed my first novel, and I successfully co-wrote a short film script, which won the grand prize in the words made easy competition.

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