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(AZCentral)   Telemarketing hell: Calls for guy who moved 30 years ago   ( divider line
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5819 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Feb 2002 at 12:32 PM (21 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2002-02-15 12:35:45 PM  
A database error... that'l happen.
2002-02-15 12:36:05 PM  
someone tell these dipsh!ts that it's not because he USED to live there.... he's entering every frickin contest/sweepstakes and still putting that address and phone number down.
2002-02-15 12:36:35 PM  
"We keep telling them there are no Johnsons here," she said last week.

That's the first thing *I* say to telemarketers.
2002-02-15 12:37:04 PM  
"He moved out of Snohomish County 30 years ago "

Ok, I'm useless for the rest of the day. I could have swore that said "Snobbish County".
2002-02-15 12:37:29 PM  
I am Omar A. Johnson, don't make fun of me!
2002-02-15 12:37:30 PM  
Hutton said she was getting 10 calls for Johnson on "a good day".

If I got that many calls for Johnson at my house, I would call it "a great day"!
2002-02-15 12:37:59 PM  
Say "Hang on" and hand the phone to your 3-year-old and tell them to scream into the phone as loud as they can.

I haven't had a callback from anyone since starting this.
2002-02-15 12:38:13 PM  
Title should read "stupidest people on earth don't change their number"
2002-02-15 12:39:30 PM  
I bet Miss Cleo wants their call list
2002-02-15 12:40:26 PM  
I can't stand the telemarketers, even though I was one for a brief while.

After one of my post college moves, I was in a new apartment, and had gotten a new number. The person that had the number before I did had some credit problems. Bill collectors and creditors kept calling for the year that I had that number, asking to speak with the guy. I would tell them that this was not his number, but that's exactly what he would have said so none of them believed me. I wanted to find the damn guy myself so that I could give the people calling for him his new number.
2002-02-15 12:40:36 PM  
If they need a Johnson that bad......oh forget it.

I just ask telemarketers what their name and phone number is so I can call them at my leisure.
2002-02-15 12:40:39 PM  
"We keep telling them there are no Johnsons here,"

I bet her husband is sorry to hear that.

('course, she prob'ly claimed it as her own on their wedding day and he hasn't seen it since...)
2002-02-15 12:40:41 PM  
Actually, when I had my cel phone with AT&T, I got more calls for the previous owner of that number than for me.

2002-02-15 12:41:08 PM  
Valentine's Day gift: Part of human finger
Associated Press
Feb. 15, 2002 08:10:00

NEW YORK - A woman working at a New York hair salon got an unpleasant Valentine's Day gift Thursday. A package arrived for her at work - and when she opened it, she found part of a human finger.

The woman's ex-boyfriend is under arrest. Police traced a phone call between his home and the salon, and arrested him when they noticed his bandaged left hand.

A police spokesman says charges are pending.
2002-02-15 12:42:42 PM  

insert obligatory "fingering" joke here.
2002-02-15 12:44:11 PM  
Telemarketers should be laid off.
2002-02-15 12:44:11 PM  
Hey SteveVT

If you want to submit a link, use the link at the top of the page that says "Submit A Link".

I know it's hard to figure out, but....
2002-02-15 12:44:21 PM  
sounds like she could sell her story to tel zapper and make some money?
2002-02-15 12:44:25 PM  
You know there are a lot of fark members when you refreash the main page and there are zero comments on an article, then after reading the headline, you click the comments section and there are already this many replys...
2002-02-15 12:45:47 PM  
It was a joke .... towards "Finger"... Get it? :)
2002-02-15 12:46:10 PM  
"The next reissue date for the magnetic tape of telephone customer names and numbers that includes her phone is Aug. 15, and the new Verizon directory comes out in December"

Fark Iraq. The company that produces that list should be the next target in the war against terrorism. Saddam's nuclear and biological weapons are nothing compared to the utter devestation telemarketing causes.
2002-02-15 12:47:05 PM  
damn, and I thought I had seen the last of "Finger".... oh well, bet the one she got as a gift doesn't have a computer
2002-02-15 12:48:30 PM  
"Ya doesn't has to call me Johnson"
2002-02-15 12:51:43 PM  
Execute telemarketers as traitors.
2002-02-15 12:51:52 PM  
I'm lucky- I even get telemarketers calling me at work. The guy who used to have my number's gone, but I get a couple calls a week fr him. He must have entered a lot of contests and not paid his credit cards. Now they all call me, and won't believe me when I tell them he doesn't work here.
2002-02-15 12:55:02 PM  
Hm. Just change your stupid number and get on with your life, biatch.
2002-02-15 12:56:22 PM  
The magic words: "Please put me on your do not call list." After a few months of this, I stopped receiving telemarketing calls. I moved a couple of years ago (changed phone numbers) and the calls started again. Two more months of the magic words and I'm back to no calls.

Or, and this is funnier, most of these things are dialed by machine. The people talking can't hang up most of the time (you have to hang up on them). So, if I get one at work I just put the phone down on my desk on mute and let them hang out on the phone until I go home.
2002-02-15 12:56:55 PM  
Heh heh... our companies used to do those directories but they brought it in-house and farked it up.
2002-02-15 12:57:56 PM  
Verizon are the biggest idiots in the world. I get calls from them all the time looking for someone who used to have my number. You'd think the damn phone company would have peoples' correct phone numbers. evil bastards....
2002-02-15 12:59:46 PM  
WELL..within the last week the same company kept calling me about magazine subscriptions, said no, did this 3TIMES!! then i got 2 calls saying that i wanted them and told them it was a mistake, the last time they called i just hung up on them
2002-02-15 1:03:07 PM  
They call me at work. I let them talk for about 10 seconds, and then I say "Oh.. I have another call. Can you hold on?". Then I just put them on hold, and I go back to work with a smirk on my face. It's fun!
2002-02-15 1:03:11 PM  
I just pretend Im interested in whatever they're pitching, then gradually try to turn the conversation to something like violent sex or animal torture.

It's fun.

I need a life.
2002-02-15 1:10:03 PM  
It's nice that their excuse is that his name & number are still in the system, it's been 10 years!
2002-02-15 1:15:41 PM  
2002-02-15 1:20:33 PM  
recently got a new phone line installed at the house, turns out a previous family already had it... i constantly get calls for them, i.e.
Sprint: Hello, Mr. So&So? we'd like to save you...
Me: They don't live here, never had, this is my phone...
Sprint: Oh, well we'd like to save YOU

i mean come on, an isolated incident? i think not...
2002-02-15 1:28:12 PM  
I don't have any problems with telemarketers, Of course I am on dial up fourteen hours a day....hmmmmm. No wonder I haven't heard from my family in months.
2002-02-15 1:50:25 PM  
The sure way to a quick disconnect from the telemarketers

*said in a real strong thick southern accent*

"Roadside Cafe, you kill 'em, we grill 'em"


"Abortion Clinic, you rape 'em, we scrape 'em"

and as for the creditors

"I'm sorry he/she doesn live here anymore, but he/she said that you're company will never seee the money, and that can kiss his/her ass."
2002-02-15 1:51:13 PM  
"Verizon says it's a database error, 'an isolated event' that can't be fully corrected for months."

It takes a few freaking months to make a change in a database?! Ahhh, the joys of the bureaucracy. Nowdays, it seems like you can't even take a piss without filling out a requisition form.

2002-02-15 2:48:21 PM  
I looked up Omar Johnson and gave these people a call, tried to get them to donate to fark's beer fund. They didn't seem to be too interested. I think he was just mad that I had the AT&T operator inturrupt his line since the line was busy. Here's the call.
2002-02-15 2:59:38 PM  
Best ANSWER EVER: Sorry Mr. Johnson died this week, we are all upset. INSTANTLY gone from the 'database'. Works for me anyway
2002-02-15 3:14:03 PM  
First, I asked Qwest for an unpublished number, which I pay 75 cents a month for. Then they gave me a number that was previously published. That was almost a year ago. I get more calls for the jackass that used to have the number then I do for myself (I guess I have no life).
2002-02-15 4:29:21 PM  
hey, I LIVE in Lynnhood, WA...
2002-02-15 5:50:33 PM  
Rbcp you just made a fan for life.
2002-02-15 6:11:45 PM  
Chp086: I'm so sorry.

...I WORK in Lynnwood.
2002-02-15 11:06:52 PM  
why don't they just get a new phone # if it's so bad?
2002-02-16 12:10:33 PM  
Hey Therlin - why should anyone have to pay $60 for a new number. the phone company is never accomidating when you explain this. They just say sorry and when you hang up - laugh thier asses off at you! Any way.....

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I always tell no to the telemarketers, but advised them to call back in two weeks, and when they call back I will charge them $1000 for the call and I also may buy the product. Thus, they never call back, because if they do, THEY HAVE TO PAY.

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