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to be pissed off with a cold calling woman to ignore my crying child?!?!

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Flamesparrow Wed 23-Jul-08 14:41:24

She said it would only take a couple of mins for a survey.

Flameboy was sobbing loudly in the background.

I said that I couldn't right now, my son is upset and needs me.

She went on saying "It will really only take a couple of minutes" shock

what happened to compassion????

FluffyMummy123 Wed 23-Jul-08 14:41:55

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LongLiveGreenElizabeth Wed 23-Jul-08 14:42:33

Just put down the phone and say "bye" while she's still muttering.

Cappuccino Wed 23-Jul-08 14:43:40


let it go

my mother gets into a real pleat about cold callers adn tehn she has to go and take her blood pressure with her little monitor

just say no

crokky Wed 23-Jul-08 14:44:49

Just say "Sorry no" and put the phone down.

Flamesparrow Wed 23-Jul-08 14:45:52

I did in the end.

I normally hang up intantly but was being all caring and letting her do her job.

canofworms Wed 23-Jul-08 14:52:19

It was probably the same woman who rang me last week.

I said I was on the way out (in fact dd3 already sat in the car) and she said it would take a couple of minutes.

Being polite stupid I agreed and 21 minutes later got really frantic and told her to get off the phone! She hadn't even finished shock

Fortunatley I had a cordless phone so could keep going out to check on lo

combustiblelemon Wed 23-Jul-08 14:57:27

Hang up.

desperatehousewifetoo Wed 23-Jul-08 15:14:20

Should have given the phone to your dc.

chipmonkey Wed 23-Jul-08 15:25:19

I hand the phone to ds3. He loves talking on the phone much more than I do! Evilgrin

lizziemun Wed 23-Jul-08 16:22:35

I would put the phone on the side and gone sorted dc out.

But then i hate cold esp from SKY they are always cold calling but will only speak to dh and it doesn't seem to matter how many times i tell him he's at work and won't be home until after 7pm (at the earlist) they just don't get it.

davidtennantsmistress Wed 23-Jul-08 16:24:52

chipmunk I do that as well - well DS's legs are faster than mine are to the phone!

VaginaShmergina Wed 23-Jul-08 16:26:45

Say you are are tenants and on the witness re-location programme wink

Bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:27:28

just put phone down

Bundle Wed 23-Jul-08 16:28:39

caring is for child
phone down is for cold calling twunts

BroccoliSpears Wed 23-Jul-08 16:30:57

I once had a cold caller who insisted he had phoned to speak to "Miss Dd Spears". After 30 seconds of trying to point out that she was 12 months old, I put her on the phone and left her to it.

NotActuallyAMum Wed 23-Jul-08 16:40:59

We're registered with the Telephone Preference Service, it doesn't stop foreign cold calls (which are few and far between anyway) but it certainly zaps the rest. We've had one call in 3 years from a UK company and as soon as I said "where have you had this number from? We're registered with the Telephone Preference Service" they hung up

You can register online here

Lauriefairycake Wed 23-Jul-08 17:17:43

An insurance company rang and asked to speak to buster lauriefairycake.

I wonder how long he spent on the phone to the dog................hmm

I left it on the side for buster to chat while I went out

MsHighwater Wed 23-Jul-08 18:58:08

Another vote for telephone preference service here.

Otherwise, just say "it's not convenient right now" then hang up immediately before they have a chance to ask when they can phone back.

As long as you are not actively rude right off the bat, you owe these people nothing.

FromGirders Wed 23-Jul-08 19:07:07

Between the time dd was 10 days old and 20 days old, Sky phoned us 4 times. The first time, we politely explained that we didn't want sky, by the fourth time (a nice lady called) I cried at her and told her how little I'd slept and pleaded with her not to phone again.
However, someone tried to sell me insurance about a week later, waking up (now 4 week old) dd and ME, when nither of us had slept for more than two consecutive hours in teh last three days. I put the phone down next to the receiving end of the baby monitor and turned it up, then went upstairs to deal with dd.
He'd hung up by the time I got downstairs grin.

KT14 Wed 23-Jul-08 20:16:33

I used to work at a horrible IT sales firm where they made us cold call. We were targeted on how many callers we managed to speak to, and given bonusses. Trust me when i say that the people calling don't give a flying toss what's going on at your end, they just want to say their piece and get you agree to having a quote for something you don't want.
I just say "thanks for calling but I'm not interested" and hang up. I figure I'm wasting their time as well as my own by letting them go all the way through their spiel. And not a moment's guilt!

BroccoliSpears Wed 23-Jul-08 21:16:26

I normally just say "no thanks" and hang up, except for once when I was cold called at 7.30am; I was 42 weeks pregnant and he woke me up to try and sell me something. That poor poor man.

juneybean Wed 23-Jul-08 22:21:18

I would't even grace her with a bye, I'd just hang up lol

Ambi Wed 23-Jul-08 22:28:55

Wow you lot are far more polite than I am, as I'm registered with TPS I rarely get called, but when I do, it gives me great pleasure to let my days frustrations out on them. Yes I'm incredibly rude, so much so that they don't tend to call back. [evil]

But then I've also worked on the sales desk, selling double glazing!!! So I know they don't give a f*k about who they call, just as long as they get through their list.

ravenAK Wed 23-Jul-08 22:34:03

Place phone down gently on sofa.

Go & deal with the junk mail (shred, add handful of lead shot, post back in business reply envelope).

Return to find PITA cold caller has hung up their end.

Alternatively, just say 'Telephone Preference Service' & see how fast they hang up.

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