After running across the house to pick up the telephone, it turns out that it was only a robo-call from "Chris Gregoire, candidate for governor". Chris told me to be sure to check my mailbox, because I'm supposed to receive a "vote by mail" application. Chris went on to explain that I should fill out and mail back this "vote by mail" application. The only thing more annoying to me than a robo-call is a robo-call from a Democrat candidate. And the only thing more annoying than a robo-call from a Democrat candidate is a robo-call from a Democrat who assumes I'm as dumb as the Democrat voters who need instructions from the government on how to check their own mailboxes and answer their own mail.
Unfortunately, politicians exempted themselves from the "National Do Not Call Registry", so the campaign robo-calls keep coming. Fortunately, you still have recourse against politicians who violate your privacy and annoy you with robo-calls. I make a point of calling the homes of people who make robo-calls to my home. If I can't find their home number from directory assistance, I call their offices to ask for their home numbers "But she called me at home," I explained to the Gregoire campaign phone boy who identified himself as Ryan., "why shouldn't I be able to call her at home?"
Ryan thought this was very funny but he didn't give me Gregoire's phone number. He did promise to take me off the campaign's call list. Not that I trust this promise any more than I trust any of Gregoire's other promises. But I made my point and I wasted her campaign's time.
If enough people call the robo-callers back, the cost of robo-calls will eventually become expensive enough that they'll have to stop.
Gregoire's contact information is here.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 27, 2004 05:15 PM | Email This