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Carol Perkins: I've been hanging up on Mike for weeks now

'There are worst things to endure than unwanted phone calls, but I sure do get tired of my phone ringing at promptly nine in the morning with the happy voice of Mike. He does not know how to take a hint.' - CAROL PERKINS
Talk to Carol Perkins 10am-12pmNoonCT, this morning Tue 20 Oct 2015 on The "Susan & Carol, Unscripted" show, live. FM 99.1 radio
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By Carol Perkins

Mike calls me at promptly nine in the morning. His voice is very nice and if I met him I'm sure he would be a nice young man, but that is the problem: I have never met this Mike who has my number. Each day he opens with the same words: "Hello, this is Mike and I'm happy to be calling you today about...." Click. I hang up. I have been hanging up on Mike for weeks now but he doesn't take a hint. I think he is a computer.

A health care company, which I won't name, makes a call about once a week and asks to speak to a Carol Perkins. Up to the point where the recording identifies itself is in one voice and the Carol Perkins is in another. My names is plugged into the recording. I should take the time to listen to this call since I have a head full of complaints for them on my poor coverage but I know I would be talking to a computer or someone from the Middle East.

Google calls me regularly, too. I haven't given the Google Lady a chance to tell me what she wants. A recorded message doesn't keep me at baited breath to know what follows. I like the one that begins, "Don't hang up. This is a timely message from...." By then I have hung up.

A "no call" list evidently does not pertain to these callers. I am not supposed to get unsolicited callers, but like everyone else I know, these people have found a way to get around the system.

I expect political calls, which I don't listen to either, but these random ones trick me into answering before looking at caller ID.

I have often won trips via a recorded voice. Those I know are tricks; no one wins a trip and learns about it from a machine. I won a trip one time before I knew about this gimmick and the trip would have cost me $500 in "fees." There is no such thing as a free anything; everything has a price.

Caller ID has helped all of us avoid answering the phone when we don't recognize a number, but this has its drawback. I kept calling my friend in Louisville from Guy's phone but she didn't answer because she didn't recognize the number. I would have called from mine, but as usual, it was dead. I don't answer any number outside of familiar area codes. If it is important, they can leave a message on my machine.

Caller ID has put an end to prank phone calls that were rampant years ago. Middle school age kids were the worst because they were too young to go out and too old to stay in with their parents, so they hid in their rooms and called girls or teachers or police stations or fire departments and either hung up or left silly messages.

My friend's brother had the best answer for a guy who kept calling him about his being preapproved for a credit card. He said, "I am so happy to hear that. I have been trying for months to get a card but nobody will give me one." That ended future calls from that company. One of my relatives engaged a caller in a conversation each time he called, inquiring about the job and how long he had worked at the job and found out all about him. Soon those calls stopped coming, too.

There are worst things to endure than unwanted phone calls, but I sure do get tired of my phone ringing at promptly nine in the morning with the happy voice of Mike. He does not know how to take a hint.

This story was posted on 2015-10-20 02:47:58
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