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SOLICITORS: Make them pay for calling

Letter by Cheryle Hoskins Bigelow, Spanaway on Nov. 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm | 8 Comments »
November 9, 2010 2:05 pm

It is our telephone and our dime. Why do I have to sprint inside from the garden, kick off my shoes and slide across the kitchen floor in my socks to answer the telephone only to find the person, or the robot at the other end of the call, is no relative of mine?

We registered on the do-not-call list, but unwanted telephone calls from cheaters and organizations that are exempt continue to harass us.

The brazen callers seem to know when there is a crisis brewing in the house. Every ring of the telephone could bring life-altering news that is important to the ones who pay the bill each month. We have to pick up.

I have an idea. Punch a special code into the key pad at the receiving end of a call to signify it is an unsolicited call. This action triggers a charge back to the interloper in the form of a hefty fine. It is only fair that they pay for the use of my telephone, not to mention for getting me out of my sickbed.

Everyone else in the telecommunications and fund-raising chain benefits from disturbing our peace. The fees could go toward supporting 911, charities or people who drink tea: I don’t care.

Alternatively, eliminate the ring. Solicitors’ messages are queued until the next time we pick up our telephone receiver. An erase button would dispatch the calls we do not want to hear prior to us suffering through the warm-fuzzy greeting.

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