Recently I've been getting a lot of those automated telemarketing calls. These frustrate the crap out of me. Not only is it a big waste of my time, but I can't even play my little telemarketer games with them. I can't pretend to be mentally handicapped, or hard of hearing, or just an asshole (yes, I know the asshole part isn't really pretend).
These automated calls never offer the choices that I'd like to hear, like
"Press 1 to have your number added to our Do Not Call list" or
"Press 2 to send a plague of locusts to this office building" or
"Press 3 to mercifully end your life"
Generally I just hang up and fume. I shake my tiny programmer fist at the phone and wish for the good old days when human telemarketers would suffer my humor/wrath.
Lucky for me, one just called! Sadly, this telemarketer quickly realized this was not going to be a profitable phone call for her, so it ended soon.
TM: Hi, how are you doing today, sir?
Me: Um, I'm ok, but I think I'm about to get worse.
TM: Ha, well, my name is Lisa and I'm calling from Embassy Suites in Lake Tahoe about a new...
Me: I was right!!
TM: Oh, well, have a good night sir.
Me: You too, Lisa.
These people are on to me.