|No matter *who* you are, if you
call my telephone number, TAD answers and says:
This is the Nevada office of
Robert E. Grumbine
clients and established
invited to leave name,
and any message
at the sound
of the tone. I shall
respond as promptly
as possible to
The purpose of the announcement
is to make clear to callers that they are leaving a message WITH A RECORDING
DEVICE and also to make clear that unless they are one of the described
kinds of people who know they are authorized to talk to me on my telephone
line, that I'm going to consider their trespass on my home and my life
to be a criminal violation of my human rights. "Most" unsolicited
and unwelcome callers get the idea and refrain from leaving a message,
generally disconnecting even before TAD gets done with his spiel.
|However, a standoffish interceptor
of all telephone calls is not my only line of defense against fraudulent
and abusive "telemarketers" and others seeking to trespass into my home
and to steal my time and my life with their bilgifying. Not hardly.
|I promptly sent an email to the
indicated email@example.com saying: "I elect to be placed on the AT&T
Nevada Do Not Call list. My telephone is [of
course omitted from this public discussion] This
is as per notice in the AT&T Bulletin of September 2006."
|Of course I had registered my telephone
with the National Do Not Call Registry. Just to make sure I was still
on that registry, I went to their web site
and asked that they verify my presence
on the Do Not Call List.
the law has been improved so that registration does not expire. Telephone
numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry remain on it permanently
due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February
|They sent me an email saying:
Your phone number
with the last four digits [omitted from this
public discussion] was registered in the National
Do Not Call Registry on 7/3/2003. Most telemarketers will be [were]
to stop calling you 31 days from your registration date. Your registration
will (or did) expire on 7/4/2008.
to do any of these things:
--to renew your
registration before it expires
--to file a
Print this email and keep it for
|Summarizing what I've said thus
(1) I have a
TAD which announces that it is a recording device before any caller has
a chance to say anything
(2) I am registered
on the national DO NOT Call registry which applies substantial financial
penalties on those scammers who ignore it
(3) I am also
registered with my local telephone company for *their* version of the Do
Not Call Registry.
|I had a tough day in the office
Monday January 29, 2007. Nothing unusual about that. I'm in
a tough business. What I do after a hard day in the office is to
take an after work nap. An illegal telephone call woke me from that
essential nap at 5:56pm PST. The unauthorized, unrelated and NON
exempt caller proceeded to spew the script shown in the placard at right
onto my ever vigilant TAD:
|After I had time to transcribe
what had been illegally recorded on my TAD, I wrote to my local telephone
company (where I had sent the September enrollment) saying:
those frauds and scammers, who maliciously trespassed into my home with
their abusive and illegal telephone call, to the full extent of the law.
History of the
Do Not Call
|The telephone was a marvelous invention,
generally attributed to Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) a Scotland born
immigrant to the United States, in the late 1800s. With that instrument,
a person could talk to a person across the street, across the country,
ultimately even around the world, *without* having to "go there" in person
to talk. Miles of copper wire (and more recently fiber optic cable)
have been emplaced on poles and more recently underground and undersea
to facilitate use of the telephone.
As with any marvelous invention,
there are always "some" who figure out ways of using it to abuse humanity.
Queer Worst (the local telephone company in unCoolorado) was one of the
worst offenders, aggressively encouraging criminal frauds and thieves and
trespassers to use their services and specially designed automated equipment
to trash the lives of their own utility customers. Just before the
Do Not Call Registry, I was afflicted with a typical seven or eight foul
and abusive telemarketing calls every single day, disrupting my business
and my life, preventing legitimate callers from reaching me, and preventing
me from making essential outgoing telephone calls. the
common respelling, among its abused customers, of the name of the company
involved was EARNED not gratuitous
I was hardly alone in my objections
to the frauds and abuses of unsolicited and unwelcome telemarketing calls.
There were enough of us "mad as hell and not going to put up with it any
more" that the Federal Trade Commission eventually started a pilot project
which turned into the Do Not Call Registry. I signed up for it as
soon as I heard about it (hard to ignore those seven or eight abusive disruptions
each day). By the time the fur started to fly, there were already
FIFTY FIVE MILLION of us on the list.
The proponents of criminal
trespass via the telephone lines insisted that all they were doing was
exercising their "freedom of speech" to say their piece to unwilling listeners
subjected to it by forcible entry into private residences and businesses.
The telephone *demands* immediate attention whether convenient or not for
its possessor. There is a substantial difference at law between protected
personal speech and COMMERCIAL speech, speech carried on for profit or
to induce commercial transactions. Always has been.
A corrupt judge in the criminally
blighted city of Denver unCoolorado ruled, as I expected on the basis of
prior observation of the criminal corruption in that cesspool, that there
was nothing involved but that Constitutionally protected "freedom of speech"
in the vicious trespasses of the users of automated dialing and message
spewing devices into the homes and offices of unwilling recipients of those
disruptive and often fraudulent telemarketing calls. Do recall that
Queer Worst was a MAJOR local wealth factory and had been doing quite well
selling its specialized trespass equipment to abusers of their customers.
The key difference noticed
by the 55 million of us who demanded that the trespasses be terminated
is that "freedom of speech" is accompanied by the duty to do it from one's
OWN SOAPBOX, not by forcible entry into the homes and businesses of others.
Higher courts over ruled the corrupt Queer Worst owned judge. The
Congress passed more legislation to facilitate application of the Do Not
Call Registry. With by then nearing sixty million of us "mad as hell
and not going to put up with it any more," even the chronically abrogative
sonofaBush signed the legislation. Since then, the Do Not Call Registry
has existed as a line of defense against telephone abuse.
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