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Another Joe Story

Another Joe Story

*Warning! Before proceeding, beware that this is a continued rant.

We have caller ID back on our land line. Perhaps because I called the company complaining about how high our bill was on a service we didn’t really need or use, but had to have bundled with our internet costs so we could even afford that. Caller ID was the little incentive we were given to placate – that and a tiny discount of $6.00 less per month on our bill –I’ll try not to spend that all in one placemaybe I should have asked for it to be retroactive. I’ll wait them out a few months and then call back. It always depends on who you get on the other end.

With caller ID activated I can now see who I’m not answering to. H, on the other hand, tends to answer all calls no matter what the display reads, thinking one may be important. I tell him they will leave a message if it’s important…and sometimes they will leave one if it’s not.

I’ve come to realize ID doesn’t live up to its original purpose. Most of the numbers lighting up our handset are from our area code and more often than not they actually show up with a name or even a business attached, trying to convince us that an old friend or business may be trying to get in touch.

I voiced my concern about this deceitfulness one day and my daughter mentioned to me that she recently had a ten-minute phone conversation about phone spoofing with someone she didn’t even know. Her call went something like this:



Caller…..Hi. I just missed a call from this number.

Jessie…..From this number? I didn’t call you. Are you sure?

Caller…..Ooohhh. They’ve got your number.

The caller went on to explain how telemarketers use this spoofing technique.

Evidently, it’s called spoofing when a caller has the ability of having a different number show up, on your caller ID, other than from the number he’s actually calling from. I’m not sure exactly how this is done and I don’t see any need to learn that talent, however, you can read about it here.

You can block those numbers till the cows come home, but there is always a new number available. Joe has a multitude of alias’s but the bottom line is – on the other end of the line, it’s always Joe. He/she peddles anything from medical equipment, to extended car warranties, to free cruises for you and yours. Right now we are being bombarded with offers of a second mortgage on our home – a home we don’t even have a first mortgage on. Running a close second is an extended warranty on a vehicle that is no longer in our possession.

Joe first showed up a couple of years ago in my most widely read story – A Telemarketer Nightmare. And then later he appeared in When Is Free, Free? If he is being paid for each and every connection he makes he is well on his way to wealthy. Evidently, he’s not ready for retirement anytime soon.

I often wonder what these people are really like who have jobs as telemarketers and do they make enough money out of being rude and obnoxious to live on? Is there not a better job for them out there somewhere instead of one that rudely interrupts people’s lives with empty promises and useless junk?

Tsk…tsk…tsk…tsk. Will Joe ever learn to take no as an answer?


About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

7 responses »

  1. I’ve quit answering my land line. If someone wants to reach me on it, they can leave a message.

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  2. I get 3-4 calls per day on my cell from warranties to health insurance to help paying off my student loan. I’m wondering if I’ve about reached my quota for blocked numbers. 😀

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  3. We stopped answering all calls unless we knew for sure. The answering machine is on so if a friend calls I can hear them say “It’s me, pick up!” This is something the government needs to address. I understand that there is technology out to block this but the telecommunication companies are not eager to embrace. In any case, let us all know if Joe becomes a best buddy! Maybe invite him over for a cook out.

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