13 Telemarketers Reveal What It's Like Making Those Annoying Calls

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Vote up the most shocking telemarketer stories.

Stopping telemarketers and spam phone calls is a problem that's pretty much impossible. We've all been there, and we can all agree that it can be pretty annoying. Have you ever wondered how the people who have to make those calls feel about their job? Do they find value in it? Is it rewarding? Thankfully, some current and former telemarketers of the internet are sharing their experiences on the job, check it out!


  • 1
    181 VOTES

    You Can’t Avoid Them

    From Redditor /u/0hBother

    WE can’t put anybody on the do not call list. My only three options are 1) Redial 2) Not Interested.3) Privacy Manager. If I choose to redial you get a call back in about 3 days. If I choose not interested we call you back next week. Privacy manager is one of those services that blocks people like me from calling you.

  • 2
    135 VOTES

    What To Do With Unwanted Cellphone Calls

    From Redditor /u/NorbitGorbit

    If they call your cell phone once, tell them it's a cellular phone and they are not permitted to call it. If they call it again they are in violation.

    Be sure to ask the name of the caller, the name of the firm calling AS WELL AS THE COMPANY THEY REPRESENT.

    If the caller dodges giving you their name, INSIST on talking to management. They are required to tell you who they are and who they represent.

    Document it all, the numbers the calls come from, the people you speak with, record the calls if you can.

    Depending on the type of call you are getting violations vary.

  • 3
    110 VOTES

    Why Sometimes We Don’t Hear Anything

    From Redditor /u/formertelemarketer

    Most telemarketers are run through an automated dialer. It will call you and wait to hear your voice, then patch you through to someone available. Sometimes we aren't paying attention, sometimes we just don't want to take a call and just need a break so we'll sit on mute. If no one's available it will sit on that dead air until someone is, then ship you over to them.

  • 4
    123 VOTES

    Keep Calm

    From Redditor /u/formertelemarketer

    I never got yelled at personally... well, I did, but it wasn't directed towards me, if you know what I mean. They were unhappy with the bank I was calling on behalf of and proceeded to tell me about how much they hated the bank for about ten minutes.

    Another guy I called once was like "Do you know what time it is? On a Saturday?" and I just tried not to laugh and was just like "Yessir." We know what times we can legally call. Our dialer shuts off time zones at certain hours and on certain days.