I don't think I have as I now generally hang up almost straight away.
I object to these people disturbing me at night and especially now that a lot of them are not even in Australia.
I have a friend who has no money but has 3 phone plans as she cannot say no to them!! Well, an acquaintance, not a friend....I could not believe this when she told me.
Same as when people knock on my door selling something - this also annoys me intensely! I sometimes feel sorry for them and I will give to some charities and admittedly I do not get as many knocking on the door nowadays to sell things as I do phone calls.
No. I think you are silly if you do. I like to research my options first before buying ANYTHING. I will not buy anything without researching whether it is right for us, and whether it really is cheaper than what we are paying now ( sometimes it works out more expensive in the long run ). Same goes for charities. I like to research the charity and find out where my donation is going. How much of it actually reaches the charity. I have been very disappointed with charities lately. They approach me in shopping centres, and I have had one come to the door, but they want me to sign up to a payment plan, paying so much per month. No Way !!! I would rather give a ' one off ' cash donation. I can't commit to an ongoing payment plan. Paying the bills is hard enough now. I have a friend who sponsored children in Africa and she fell on hard times. Those children whom she has never met or spoken to, still got their $40 a month (each child ), whilst my friend ate tinned soup or toast and vegemite for meals each day. They probably ate better than she did. No payment plans for this little black duck.
I would never buy anything over the phone from a stranger calling me. It would be 99.9% likely that I did not want, need or have a use for, whatever they was they were flogging . . . . if indeed it was ever likely to arrive, which I doubt. No, I will go to the shops to get the things I have decided to buy after doing my research.
When I receive calls from any telemarketer I poitely (most of the time anyway) state that I am on the "do not call register" that I am not interested and that I do not want to be contacted again.
As harsh as it sounds I do this for businesses, charities and organisations alike because when I want to buy something or donate somewhere I like to do my own research and find on their website how I can pay online or in person and then I also know that I am donating the money or purchasing the item through the legitimate charity, organisation or company.
I'm ashamed to admit that I tried to work as someone who tries to get you to sign up for a charity organisation monthly donation plan in the middle of shopping centres. That endeavor ended rather quickly I couldn't bring myself to approach anyone with a disability, elderly, pregnant, who had kids, who looked stressed etc.. The only people I actually signed up in my 3 weeks were 2 business owners and an older lady who basically insisted upon being pitched and signing up. I still feel terrible for ever trying the job but I was desperate at the time.
I can happily say a resounding 'NO!!' to this. I am frugal with my needs and so I have always been able to say no thank you if I ever had these calls. My number is silent and I never even get them anymore!!
Yes, years ago I bought a $10 bottle of liquid cleaner from someone who came to the door, because I felt sorry for them. I just stuck it under the sink & forgot about it. Then on the tv I saw a story about how dangerous this stuff was & not at all friendly to the environment, so I throw it out. I have donated to a few charities over the phone, until we were not able to claim them on our tax anymore, then I had to stop donating. I've had no other door knockers nor donating seeking phone calls. When the Red Cross have stopped in the street & ask for a donation, I tell them I've already donated, but I don't add, "My blood"! (I've only made 101 blood donations, & will be donating again in 3/4 weeks.