When my husband and I moved across a county line, we were assigned a new phone number. We'd had our old phone number for 26 years. I thought it would be hard to adjust, but it was relatively easy compared to an inconvenience I had not considered before: We were no longer on that now famous "no-call list."
We've signed up since then, but our number is not yet on the list. So once again we are dealing with telemarketers.
I've been known to be overly sympathetic to telemarketers. Even though they often call at the most inopportune times - imagine that - I try to remember that many of these people have children at home and are simply trying to earn a living. Although I know I won't be interested in the magazine/political candidate/septic treatment they are peddling, I usually listen patiently and say, "No, thank you."
Much to my surprise, many telemarketers don't like this. Some would prefer you hang up on them rather than extend the courtesy of hearing them out. I had one rather irritated marketer ask, "Why did you let me go on?" So much for sympathetic listening. Now I will politely interrupt and decline their generous offer early in the conversation.