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(Some Guy)   Man e-mails complaint to telemarketer, gets $500 check in mail   ( seattlepi.nwsource.com) divider line
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2002-04-09 02:13:24 PM  
$500 that's one small step for man, and a giant leep for mankind!
2002-04-09 02:13:35 PM  
Lucky bastard, I could be rich
2002-04-09 02:14:05 PM  
Looks like a Photoshop cadidate...

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2002-04-09 02:15:21 PM  
That guy looks like he's gonna run out and buy $500 worth of Ring-Dings and Ho-Ho's as soon as he cashes that check. I'd start taking teh telemarketing calls from Jenny Craig there pal!
2002-04-09 02:15:28 PM  
Hooray against telemarketers, use the $500 cash for Jenny Craig dude.
2002-04-09 02:15:33 PM  
Why don't those fark-heads ever call my phone? Damn the man.
2002-04-09 02:15:52 PM  
Man, he is lucky! I should do that when they call me up in the middle of dinner.

My brother just puts the phone up to his stereo and blasts some of his punk music into the guys ear until he hangs up.
2002-04-09 02:15:52 PM  
Submit, submit it
2002-04-09 02:15:53 PM  
Recently I've been getting a lot of telemarketing calls from Bob Guccione, but for some reason I just don't want to complain ......
2002-04-09 02:17:10 PM  
Unfortunately most states don't have anti-spam laws as good as Washington.
2002-04-09 02:18:13 PM  
He looks like a Raticate.

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2002-04-09 02:18:13 PM  
My Hero!
2002-04-09 02:18:59 PM  
2002-04-09 02:20:31 PM  
Inappropriate use of the "Hero" tag:

[image from seattlepi.nwsource.com too old to be available]

I know it's been linked, but this one is BIGGER!

The better to show "Mr. I'm pasty-white, fat, and I sue everybody".
2002-04-09 02:21:35 PM  
Ha ha. I know this guy. He passes out handbills for me at concerts. Way to go, Ben!
2002-04-09 02:22:42 PM  
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"Best. Doppelganger. Ever."
2002-04-09 02:23:09 PM  
DAMN, Goober! LOL
2002-04-09 02:25:30 PM  
Looks like he is squeezing one out.Hrrrrmph...
2002-04-09 02:25:55 PM  
I bet the $500 he spends the $500 on food.
2002-04-09 02:26:45 PM  
Big deal. I did this 2 years ago..
2002-04-09 02:28:06 PM  
Yeah, it really is. He really, really looks like a webmaster (although Drew looks nothing like that!).
2002-04-09 02:31:07 PM  
2002-04-09 02:31:57 PM  
If this is law in 21 states, what are the other 20. If there's a way to keep Countrywide home mortgage from leaving their damned automated messages on my voicemail 5 times a day, I'd love to hear it!
2002-04-09 02:32:36 PM  
I've been getting automated marketing calls from some shady cellular service. My battle isn't going as easily. To add insult to injury, you hear the automated sales schpeel, then another voice comes on and says, "Due to the popularity of this offer, we cannot take your call now." It's unbelievable. Luckily with a little e-sweat I was able to find the marketing director's direct number. Now the fun begins.....
2002-04-09 02:32:49 PM  
There is a national telemarketing act that has the same rules...
2002-04-09 02:38:27 PM  
What is this "home phone" you speak of? I actually canceled my home phone number and just use my cell.
2002-04-09 02:40:14 PM  
that's kind of tough to do when you have DSL
2002-04-09 02:40:15 PM  
I've been getting random calls from telemarketers at all hours - but the phone just rings once; when I pick up there's no one there, but the call-back # is 999-999-0001. It's been going on for four months now, in the middle of the night, whenever...I registerd with the NY State "no telemarketers" list last year, but only recently with the national one -- I'm hoping that will fix the problem.
2002-04-09 02:42:44 PM  
"schpeel" is actually "speil" or isn't it
Ich spreche nicht sehr gut Deutsche
2002-04-09 02:44:53 PM  
National list of no telemarketers? Where the hell can I find that?
2002-04-09 02:45:17 PM  
Tmwes: but not if you have a cable modem
2002-04-09 02:45:55 PM  
Spiel ist nicht Deutsch, not in the sense you're using it, but, yes, it is Spiel.
2002-04-09 02:51:10 PM  
04-09-02 02:38:27 PM Oberon
What is this "home phone" you speak of? I actually canceled my home phone number and just use my cell.

i just did this as well about a month ago - saved me about 70-100 buck a farkin month
2002-04-09 02:55:32 PM  
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In email? The cheque....?
2002-04-09 02:57:43 PM  
I'm speaking in foreign phonetics today :-)
2002-04-09 02:58:12 PM  
I'm getting text message spam on my cell phone. The person leaving has an email address in Japan.
2002-04-09 02:58:27 PM  
Gwinny: The NYS law has worked wonders for me. I only get charity calls now, which I now avoid thanks to caller ID.

As for those 'ghost calls', I get those too, often saying that they come from 'Ontario' or 'Colorado'. I tried calling them back and got their information number.

So the only theory I have on them now is this, brought to you by the marvelous Straight Dope:

What causes ghost rings?

Interesting, regardless of whether or not it is the case.
2002-04-09 02:59:22 PM  
no cable available for me yet..but I will probably make the switch once it is..
2002-04-09 02:59:34 PM  
whoops, wrong BB.

What causes ghost rings?

2002-04-09 03:00:46 PM  
i give up! can't get links to work. *dumbass*
2002-04-09 03:14:57 PM  
Party at Ben's!!! Woo hoo!
2002-04-09 03:17:34 PM  
Hello, this is Homer Simpson, a.k.a. Happy Dude. The court has ordered me to call every person in town to apologize for my telemarketing scam. I'm sorry. If you can find it in your heart to forgive me, send one dollar to Sorry Dude, 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield. You have the power.
2002-04-09 03:19:11 PM  
Ben Schroeter, a Magnolia paralegal and live music Webmaster

wow this guy just screams of success
2002-04-09 03:20:00 PM  
Hasn't anyone noticed how the telemarketing company just got themselves national exposure for $500? The story even included the URL for their web site.

Who really made out like a bandit here?
2002-04-09 03:26:47 PM  
unlisted unpublished numbers work real well for getting rid of telemarketers, nasty reletives, and other arseholes...
2002-04-09 03:48:36 PM  
Yeah Areaman, but how many folks do you think they are going to have to send a $500 check to? I'm sending them an email today.
2002-04-09 03:49:12 PM  
So basically, I should sit at home and wait for the phone to ring and possibly make money for every call.....
2002-04-09 03:57:09 PM  
I keep getting automated messages on my answering machine, but they get cut off before I can get the number to call them. That and roofers/siding places/mortgage companies. I think that I'll just pay my rent and have the apartment taken care of by the people who own it, thank you.
2002-04-09 03:58:26 PM  
Ben Schroeter received $500 from telemarketer DHS Enterprises in Ohio. Paul Kitagaki Jr. / Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Click for larger photo

Do we need a larger photo?
2002-04-09 04:02:48 PM  
And in a streak of journalistic marvel:

"Woo hoo!" he wrote.

Thats amazing. I'm glad reporters have such a keen eye for the important.
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