I try not to be rude to telemarketers just because I'd feel bad about it, two wrongs definitely don't make a right. But it can be irritating because they are so desperate to get through their scripts. I had the following conversation this morning:
L: May I please speak to Mr or Mrs E?
L: Hello Mrs E, I'm calling from X company, I'm sure you've heard of us and our X system by now
Me: Yes I have, and although we may consider installing your product in the future, right now we don't have a need for it. Thanks
L (in pissed off voice): Actually, that's not what I'm calling about today. We're actually visiting your neighbourhood in the next week to do in home appraisals and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about X systems, we're seeing some of your neighbours on Monday so we can visit you as well.
Me: That's great, but as I said we won't be interested in purchasing one anytime soon.
Why do they always feel the need to deny that they're trying to sell something? It's clear I'm on to her, I know about the product, and I don't want to buy it. (It's true that it's something I'd consider in the distant future though, it's a good product). The other thing I don't know is how she got my name, because when all the documentation was done for this property it was a month before our wedding, so there is no data showing us as Mr & Mrs E anywhere. Unless our vet is selling phone numbers. Ah well, a few minutes out of my day, no big deal in the greater scheme of things. I just feel sorry for her because it's not a fun job.