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How We Deal With TeleSales Calls

March 13, 2013


We got rid of our phone line about five years ago, and have used cell phones as our sole contact with the outside world ever since. It’s rather nice, actually, since we only get calls from people we actually know.

And the stray wrong number, which is usually entertaining.

But for whatever reason, something having to do with the complicated mess of boxes under our TV, we had to have one re-installed. We have one phone attached to it, and it sits in the office gathering dust.

No sooner was it installed, than it started ringing almost every night at about 7pm. We jumped out of our skins, having not herad the sound of a ringing phone for years in our home, and then looked at each in consternation.

We just let it ring.

It feels wrong somehow, to ignore it. What if its an emergency?! But it can’t be. Nobody knows the number except DirectTV and Gabe. I don’t even know the number.

But the calls kept coming, so we would tell one of the kids to run over, being that at 7pm one of us is usually melted into the La Z Boy and who wants to get up to answer a phone? Pick it up and immediately hang it up.

But the calls kept coming.

So now we’re trying a different tactic.

The last time a call came in, my five year old sauntered over and picked it up, and we listened in to his side of the conversation.

Hello? Who is dis?

No, you tell me first. 


I’m Santa Claus.

Santa Claus.


Yes. Santa Claus.

No, I’m weelly busy. I have to make toys for Christmas next year.

My elves are calling me. Gotta go! 



We get such a good belly laugh out of it, it is near as good as a full workout. So at least we’re getting something out of the calls.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. catherine permalink
    March 13, 2013 9:14 pm

    we always have a the youngest person answer those calls!

  2. March 14, 2013 9:49 am

    Hilarious! We are having a similar experience in our home! It may end up a story as well! 🙂

  3. Lotus permalink
    September 6, 2013 6:03 pm

    I’m getting one of those animatronic parrots with bad language to handle my 10 calls a day in violation of the DNC list.

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