I have been waging an 18-month-plus battle of attrition with a particularly annoying telemarketing outfit called Peconic Bay Marketing, so I figured I’d have a little fun with them and blog about it.
Much like anyone with an IQ above room temperature and at least minimal social skills, I despise telemarketers. I blogged about a particularly irritating run-in with one of them in December. And while the National Do-Not-Call Registry has been somewhat helpful, it hasn’t completely eliminated the problem.
But Peconic Bay Marketing is far more annoying than the organization from December. I had a history with the December folks, having donated to a worthy cause while I was still gainfully employed. And there are no hard feelings: Once I’m working full-time again, if they happen to contact me, I’d donate again.
Peconic Bay Marketing, on the other hand, has no connection to me whatsoever. Yet they have called me anywhere from three to five times per week, every single week, since about a year-and-a-half ago. I swear, I am NOT making this up, nor am I exaggerating. Peconic Bay Marketing shows up on my caller ID more than just about any other name or company.
I don’t treat Peconic Bay Marketing any differently than I treat any other strangers who call on my home phone. If I don’t recognize the person or phone number, I let it go right into voice mail. But not once in the hundreds of times this company has called have I ever received a voice mail from them. And I absolutely, positively refuse to pick up the phone. I WILL win this battle of attrition.
What really intrigues me is how much time and money this company has wasted trying to contact me. How many times can they call the same number, not get an answer, and keep calling back? Apparently, whatever that magical total is, it hasn’t been reached yet. But I still refuse to pick the phone up. And I never will.
So, Peconic Bay Marketing, feel free to keep calling three, four, or five times every week. You’re wasting your time, which should have been obvious months ago. Oh, and one more thing: GET BENT.