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A helpful hint to politicians and groups that use call centers

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rant.pngWhen someone says "Please take me off your call list," that means they don't want to get any phone calls from you.

Including the current one.

I understand that you're doing a job, or that you really believe in what you're doing.  I get that.  Most of the soliciting calls I get are for political causes and committees that I support.  That's why I am not wasting your time by keeping you on the phone with me.  I understand the role of fundraising, and I do support them financially... just not in response to phone calls.

So I try to be respectful.  "Please remove me from your call list and add me to any do-not-call list that you maintain."  And no matter of cajoling, badgering, or NLP (gag) is going to turn me into a conversion.

Because here's the thing: I don't know who is actually calling me.  I'm never going to give out my credit card information over the phone unless I start the phone call.  (Caller ID can be spoofed, y'know.)  It has nothing to do with how important it is, or how much I support you.

But when I am not treated with the same respect for my time that I show for yours, I am less likely to ever donate or support you in the future.

Actually, let me take that back.  You could turn me into a conversion.

If you treat me with respect, the worst that happens is that I dismiss your group.  If you waste my time by continuing to try to get money out of me, you will convert me - into someone who will go out of my way to not support your group.  Ever.  In any way.

Yes, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, I'm calling you out here.

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