TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Pre-Recorded Phone Should be Illegal

Re: Pre-Recorded Phone Should be Illegal

J Kelly (
Mon, 01 Nov 2004 18:06:12 -0600

On 31 Oct 2004 19:43:19 -0800, (Lisa Hancock)

> In this election season, I have been BOMBARDED with pre-recorded phone
> calls pitching various candidates, flooding my answering machine.

> I know election phone calls are legal.

> However, I think pre-recorded phone calls, of any kind, should be
> illegal.

> The constant ringing of the phone this year was terribly annoying.

> If it had been last year, it would've been devastating. Last year at
> this time I was caring for a seriously ill person and was ill myself.
> I was in frequent touch with doctors, phamarcies, nurses, and
> families. I had to keep the phone open and answer all calls.

> To a healthy person, the constant ringing was terribly annoying. I
> would've gone out of my mind last year.

> When you're in bad pain, a ringing telephone is not a pleasant thing.

> BTW, I also received several live calls urging a deceased member of
> family to go vote, even though that person was removed from the
> election rolls quite some time ago. [In hindsight I wish I requested
> they come and assist that person to the polls.]

> When I go to the polls Tuesday, I will talk to the politicians (the
> people who stand outside and give out leaflets). I will ask them for
> their home phone numbers, but I have a funny feeling they, for some
> strange reason, won't give them to me.

I wish they would send valid Caller ID also. I get a LOT of calls
from "Dir Asst Iowa" at 515-555-4143. Almost all of them are the
Governors office begging me to please vote for Democrats. Also had at
least 20 calls from 000-000-0000 and 10 or so from 111-111-1111.

One guy did send valid CID, and it was his home phone number.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: The poor devil; probably just a hapless
volunteer working for some candidate he likes; but refreshing to see,
wasn't it? Makes you feel like voting for his candidate. PAT]

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