Has it really gotten THAT bad?

How stupid do telemarketers think people are?

Today I answered my phone while driving to pick up a friend from her job, an ignominy I manage to steadfastly avoid. I thought it might be her so I didn’t look at the number, which was 303-415-2514 and is owned by New Mark Telecommunications on 4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.

“Hal-looooooou?” (Me being formal as always.)

“Hi there! How are you today?” (Hmmmm. My friend doesn’t have a Spanish accent.)

“Uh, good. Whom are you calling?” (Getting suspicious, yeah.)

“I am looking for the owner of this phone number!” (Optimistic as hell.)

“Oh. Well he ain’t fuckin’ here!” (No longer so jaunty.)

She was still babbling after I said this and was in the process of hanging up.

Seriously. I ask who the call’s for and if someone basically says, “Oh, anyone!” I’m expected to show interest? And this leaves aside the fact that it pisses me off that I get any bullshit calls to begin with (not to mention the occasional hello from bill collectors looking for my number’s previous owner, whom I believe to be in jail).

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