During the time it has taken me to switch my computer on, read my e mails and come to my blog site, I have had two nuisance calls. One a recorded message saying 'This is an important announcement' - it never gets any further than that because I put the phone down; the other a foreign voice asking me how I am today - that is as far as he/she gets before I put the phone down.
I don't like to be rude and I know that people have to earn a living and that working in a call centre is one way of doing that, but here are a few reasons why I would rather they didn't call me:-
1. I am deaf and have to remove my hearing aid in order to answer the phone.
2. Quite often I am upstairs when the phone rings and we haven't' a phone upstairs, so I have to struggle downstairs (I have an arthritic knee and a bad ankle) to answer it.
3. Worst of all - they always call at meal times. We get most of our cold calls between 8.30 and 9 in the morning, 12 noon to 1pm at lunch time and 4pm to 5pm in the evening. In fact, we have taken to not answering the phone at these times but waiting until it stops ringing and then listening to the answer phone.
We subscribe to the Telephone Preference Service but that doesn't seem to make any difference. Is everybody troubled like we are and if so, what do we do about it?