I just ended an exceptionally annoying phone call, which says a lot because the list of annoying phone calls has been pretty long this week.
I never answer the phone if I don’t recognize the number on caller ID, especially if it just says “out of area.” But since being laid off, I’ve missed a couple of job-related phone calls because of that screening, so I decided to temporarily answer every call. What a mistake.
It was a fund-raising call. I won’t name the organization because I have quite a lot of respect for it and, under normal (employed) circumstances, would have gladly donated something. I sympathize with phone solicitors because I know they’re just doing their jobs and they’re likely under significant pressure.
But despite being told on several occasions that I’m unemployed and don’t have any money to spare right now, this person simply refused to let up. As I said, I respect the organization, so I really, really tried to curb my temper, and I asked them to mail or e-mail information, promising to follow up once I’m hired somewhere.
Patience only lasts so long, though. After about the seventh time of hearing the exact same pitch, I finally said, “Look, I’m unemployed. I have no extra money right now. Which part of unemployed don’t you understand? I have to go now.”
I don’t like hanging up on people, but this was necessary. Again, I realize that being persistent is part of this person’s job, but unemployed means unemployed and no means no. I’m seriously considering screening my calls again, which is a shame.