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pingu2209 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:49:35

I must have 1 call every 20 mins trying to sell me something, at leat 80% of the time it is someone with an Indian accent. If I answer the phone now and the person has an Indian accent I put the phone down. In fact, I have decided not to answer the phone before 8pm, much to the annoyance of friends and family.

WorraLorraTurkey Mon 10-Dec-12 18:51:09

Do you know what racist actually means?

YANBU to be fed up of the calls

Just change your number and register with TPS

DoingItOnTheRoofTopWithSanta Mon 10-Dec-12 18:52:21

Hanging up on people with an indian accent is racist yes.

mrskeithrichards Mon 10-Dec-12 18:52:40

Just get caller id and tps

DoingItOnTheRoofTopWithSanta Mon 10-Dec-12 18:53:07

What happens if someone from your child's school is ringing you and dares to be indian? confused

Nancy66 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:53:31

TPS doesn't stop them any more. I'm registered and still get loads.

FellatioNelson Mon 10-Dec-12 18:53:51

Are you annoyed because the calls are unsolicited and every twenty minutes? If so, you are not a racist.

Are you annoyed because when you answer the person is an Indian? If so then you are a racist.

There. It wasn't hard, was it?

WorraLorraTurkey Mon 10-Dec-12 18:54:29

She's hanging up because the law of averages tells her that an Indian accent is going to mean another sales call.

She's not hanging up purely because the caller is Indian Lol.

lljkk Mon 10-Dec-12 18:54:53

Me too sad Nancy66.
Those annoying phone calls make everybody go nutty, OP.
I like to hand the phone to my 4yo. grin

takataka Mon 10-Dec-12 18:55:10

oh gawd...i dont answer my phone either! but not because the caller are Indian grin...because they are trying to make me buy stuff i dont want and I dont have time to politely make excuses

WorraLorraTurkey Mon 10-Dec-12 18:56:27

I haven't had a single sales call in over six months since I changed my number and registered with TPS.

They don't claim to stop all of them and it takes a while, but imo they're brilliant.

Nancy66 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:58:20

I quite like talking to workers from Indian call centres because I'm always interested to see if they work for a company that insists on them giving a western name - and if that name will be 'Kevin.'

They all choose 'Kevin' for some reason.

Abra1d Mon 10-Dec-12 18:58:20

You will, Worra. Give it time. We have registered, re-registered, etc. But because we work from home and have to answer the landline because we have frail, elderly parents, they know we are around and continue to call us.

Cozy9 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:58:44

I too put the phone down on anyone I can't understand. YANBU or racist.

Nancy66 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:59:16

Worra - I've been with the TPS for about 10 years and for a long time they were great but inthe past two years the calls have started up again with avengeance.

OComeAllYeFaithBaby Mon 10-Dec-12 19:02:57

Do you actually have friends with an Indian accent? It would be very rude to be hanging up on them!

Yes yes to TPS. We get very few calls now except for what I assume is a debt collector. When I say wrong number/stop flipping calling they hang up. Refuse to say who they are! So I hang up on them when they ask for this mysterious 'George Taylor'.

TreadOnTheCracks Mon 10-Dec-12 19:03:40

I have caller id on the phone and if it's an international or 0845 number i don't answer.

WorraLorraTurkey Mon 10-Dec-12 19:06:44

See my mate is registered with TPS and she moans about getting sales calls too

But it turns out, she gives her phone number to companies when she wants a quote, or when she buys something from a shop and they ask for her phone number.

I don't give it to any bugger so don't get that problem.

StuffezLaBouche Mon 10-Dec-12 19:06:54

I quite like talking to workers from Indian call centres because I'm always interested to see if they work for a company that insists on them giving a western name - and if that name will be 'Kevin.'

Same! Whenever I stay at my parents I am always shocked at the volume of sales calls they get every day, often by people with Indian accents but called Humphrey or Brian.

hackmum Mon 10-Dec-12 19:08:38

I get this a lot, but there have been two unfortunate incidents where I was about to snap at the caller, and it turned out on occasion one that it was a work call and on occasion two it was a local business with whom I'd placed an order.

FreudiansSlipper Mon 10-Dec-12 19:10:16

i have been getting a lot of sales calls recently mostly i am guessing from india

i just say thank you but no thank you they are usually still wittering on when i put the phone down

what is racist in saying you do not want to talk to someone in another country whos accent you have difficulty with and their way of giving you the info (it is always so drawn out) when you have an i quiry or are beign sold something

WorraLorraTurkey Mon 10-Dec-12 19:13:07

There's no point in saying no thank you....you must also tell them to take your details off their data base.

pingu2209 Mon 10-Dec-12 19:17:09

I am registered with the TPS but I buy a lot on line and I think that is how they get around the rules. However, as far as I am concerned they are unsolicited.

I have told them over and over to not call and take me off their database. They still call.

I'm going to buy a whistle and keep it by the phone. If someone calls who is saying they are selling something I will blow really really hard down the phone at them.

Abra1d Mon 10-Dec-12 19:20:59

I don't give my number out (it is a little-used number except for elderly parents). But still Indian call centres find me and ring me.

northcountrygirl Mon 10-Dec-12 19:21:42

I think I remember reading somewhere that TPS didn't cover the offshore calls?

I always hang up if it's an Indian accent too. And if there's no-one there immediately as I know that's an autodialler. Everyone who is in any way important to me has my mobile or they can leave a message. In fact the only people ever to call the landline are offshore call centres and my Grandma. And I don't much like her either...

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