*It's not what you think. I am on the side of the telemarketer. Kind of.
I get really annoyed with people who delight in being rude to telemarketers.
I completely agree that telemarketers are a pain in the ass because a) they call during dinner and b) they want to sell you something, but I hate it when people start telling a smug little story about what a jerk they were when someone from the phone company called.
"So this telemarketer called," they say, "and asked for the householder... and I told them she'd died in a car accident! Haw haw haw!"
"Usually I just shout, FUCK OFF as loud as I can then slam the phone down!"
"I start swearing at them... in French! It's great because even if they can't understand it, they're not allowed to swear back! Haw haw haw!"
Come on, people. Are we really that super proud of being complete dicks to total strangers?
I know, and to a point agree with, the 'they invaded my privacy so it is within my rights to be a douchebag' theory, but that is why no call lists exist. If you are on a no call list, telemarketers will not call you. That is why it is called a no call list. Maybe if you don't like telemarketers calling then you should be on that l-
oh no wait, I see your point because I guess being on a no call list isn't half as fun as telling someone to commit unnatural acts with a toilet brush because they had the audacity to call your house during Australia's Got Talent. Wow! You just made someone doing what's already a pretty crappy job feel even worse about their day. Whoopee shit, good for you!
Maybe next time just say, "No thanks, I'm not interested, have a nice evening" and put the phone down because for fuck's sake, telemarketers are people, just like you are. Not faceless robots for you to shout FUCK OFF at. They are just people doing their job.
Sorry about the rant. It just makes me mad.