Oh, man, do I ever have a story about telemarketers!
Mr. P. and I have a landline only for Internet use; it's just more convenient to use our cell phones. I put the number down for everything.
Sometimes it will be "shared." As background for those not in the U.S., it is illegal here to call a cell phone for unsolicited sales calls.
One company, I know not who, called me THREE TIMES on the cell phone, offering "a free Verizon cell phone." The first time, it was a young lady, and when I told her this WAS a cell phone, she apologized profusely and promised to take my number off the list. The second time, it was a young man who again apologized profusely and made the same promise.
The third one, however, was a different young man. After the first line of his pitch, I decided it was time to make a point.
Telemarketer: "Congratulations, you've been specially chosen to receive a free Verizon cell phone!"
Mrs. P.: "Really, sir? At this number?"
Telemarketer: "Yes, yes, this number!"
Mrs. P.: "That's odd, because the last two times you've chosen this number, I've told you that it was a cell phone."
Telemarketer: "Yes, it's a wonderful Verizon cell phone with--"
Mrs. P.: "No sir, you don't understand. The phone on which I'm speaking right now is a cell phone."
Telemarketer: "That's nice. Now, if you'll just--"
Mrs. P.: "No, I won't just. Let me put it to you this way: You are committing an illegal act, and you are doing it with notice. If you or anyone from your company contacts me again, I will not only sue you all for harassment, you personally AND your company, but I will go down to the District Attorney's office and file a complaint against you. You WILL take my phone number off of your list, and you will cease to attempt to contact me. Are we clear?"
Telemarketer: "*pause* But the cell phone is--"
Mrs. P.: "What is your name?"
Mrs. P.: "Your name. Because I'm going to sue you. I'll be filing the paperwork tomorrow."
Telemarketer: "Oh ****." *CLICK*
I didn't sue or file charges, but I also never heard from them again. I think I was polite--in a strained sort of way.