from Preston's Ten Ways To Have Fun With Telemarketers...
1. Warn them at the beginning of the phone call that you have tirrets
syndrome and ask if they can be patient with you. Sound interested
but sporadically scream obscenities at them - see how long they
2. Say you would love to speak to them but you've just invited a
pair of Jehovah's witnesses in for a cup of tea and you are right
in the middle of the 'trinity' debate.
3. When you realise its a telemarketer, start a pitch of your own
to them using a script such as "Here at Pet Divas we have a
vast selection of fashion clothing and accessories for your pet.
Our major lines are 'Cats in Bomber Jackets' . 'Dogs in Hats' and
'Budgies in Dungarees' you can order over the telephone now or I
can send you a brochure. Do you have a credit card handy?"
4. Tell them that you are the wife of the company's Human Resources
Director, tell them their customer service is appalling and demand
their name and employee number.
5. Talk really slowly, ask as many relevant or irrelevant questions
you can think of. Go ahead to the purchasing part of the conversation
then ask them if they accept NETTO loyalty cards.
6. After each sentence the telemarker says, simply ask "What
you talking 'bout Willis" impersonating Arnold from Different
7. Become a sufferer of Multiple Personalty Syndrome argue with
your different personalities on the merits of buying new double
glazing from their company
8. If the telemarketer is the opposite sex from you, accuse them
of being your husband / wife's 'bit on the side'. Explain that you
are tired of them calling up and pretending to be a salesperson
and that you have seen them creeping about outside and will call
the police if they make further contact.
9. Especially if they sound new and nervous: Say you would love
to buy what ever they are selling but only if they can answer all
your questions. Ask things such as when the company was founded,
whether they test on animals, what their stance is on fair trading,
whether they have a 'Green Policy' and whether they fund any militant
10. Sob inconsolably down the phone as soon as they start talking.
Do not answer their questions, just keep quietly sobbing. If they
say they are going to hang up simply whisper - 'please don't hang
up'. Then continue to ignore them as you sniffle away. See how long
they stay on the phone.
to the list...
Ben-Yousef added this...
Once you realise it's a telemarketer calling just say "you
do realise you have called a police station don't you?"
Flanagan added this...
Pretend to be on the toilet, make relevant noises and squirms and
after five minutes return and as soon as they say anything say "Not
interested" and put the phone down.
Ford added these...
them they have reached "The Tooth Fairy hot line" and
ask how you can
them you are sorry you can't talk to them as you don't have a phone!
(You will heard dead silence after this statement, trust me!)
Thank them for calling and tell that that your cat has just died
and everyone in the house has the flu and you are too depressed
to talk to anyone at the moment.
Start chanting the alphabet in a sing song voice - preferably backwards
- until they hang up.
Tell them in perfect English, that you are very sorry but you don't
Tell them that you really like their hairstyle, and can they recommend
from Darwen added this...
tell them the truth. Unsolicited telesales calls are illegal, and
ask to speak to their manager and then take the details of the company.
You won't recieve another telesales call for years.
Moxham added this...
say " hello " every 10 seconds, and they soon hang up!
and asher added this...
they ask for the resident in the household pretend to be lil jon
and say "haawwwhhaat" after they ask at least 2 times
after the third time use the lil jon "ooookaaaay" and
then if you know who lil jon is you should be able to take it from
interested - tell them that you have heard of the product and would
they mind waiting a minute while you turned the oven off ( or the
pan of boiling water or the TV or whatever ......) then just lay
the phone down and go to the pub - , have a bath , make a coffee
- watch Lord of the Rings etc. Bet they aren't still on the line
in 20 minutes!
silly stuff like this in Skiver's