My brewing friends...
You have probably been getting them, too...the calls that begin, "Hello, this is Rachel [Anne/Victoria/etc.] from Card Services. There is no problem with your credit card account..." When we first started getting the calls about two years ago, we'd just hang up. Then, they added an option to push a number "...and the calls would stop." Right! So, we then tried politely to speak to the warm body and get our number taken off their list. All to no avail.
So, I bought an ACME THUNDERER whistle! Is it one of the loudest whistles on the market, and is used extensively by law enforcement, sports referees, and the like. I keep it right next to the phone.
Today, Anne from Card Services called, so I picked up the whistle and pressed the number to speak with a service rep. When he answered, I blew the whistle as hard as I could into the phone receiver and hung up. He called back...and I did it again! Then, I decided to let the answering machine pick up the calls. Call #3 was silent, and he just hung up. Call #4: "Bitch! You're gonna die!" Call #5: "I've got your address now, Bitch!"
So, I now have filed a police report, called AT&T customer service [caller ID and the privacy program begin tonight] as well as their annoyance call line. I was encouraged to call the Federal Trade Commission and file a complaint with them, which I did.
BUT I'M GONNA KEEP THE WHISTLE RIGHT BY THE PHONE!