Of late, phone solicitation has been quite annoying. There is more than one way to deal with the unexpected and unwanted calls. I recall that we were able to phone someone and demand to be placed on a list so that we wouldn’t have to deal with these calls but for whatever reason, they continue. They happen to the landline and they even happen to the cellphone as well. With the cellphone, it is easy to block a number from recurring but they are annoying wherever they happen to reach you.
Obviously, one does not have to answer the phone, but periodically one forgets and answers. This especially happens if you are of the age I am where at an early age, we were programmed to always answer the phone as we did not have the other means of communication and we had no answering machines, no voicemail, and no caller ID.
I decided to mess with the solicitors by using my career as the weapon. Knowing full well that a normal American tends to be monolingual, I decided to play the language card. I answer the phone after having checked the caller ID and answer in French. I have cut off conversations this way more than once. One of the problems is that the solicitors might not necessarily be American, they may well be in Asia, for all we know, and they might know more than one language.
I am almost always safe, however, but I got taken down yesterday, as the guy knew I was able to speak French and actually managed to hold a conversation with me. Luckily he was looking for Christian and he was calling on behalf of a politician.
I do plan, however, to keep up my French campaign, as it is a great usage of my career, a chance to perhaps make someone realize that speaking only one language is less than useful, and it is just wholesome fun!