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Subject: Don't Call Us, We'll Call You (was Re: OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today - September 12, 2003)
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 16:06:50 -0400
From: R. A. Hettinga <rah@shipwright.com>
To: Philodox Clips <clips@philodox.com>

At 2:35 PM -0400 9/12/03, OpinionJournal wrote:
Don't Call Us, We'll Call You http://www.boston.com/dailynews/254/sports/Satan_set_to_wait_out_Sabres_w:.shtml Humorist Dave Barry http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/dave_barry/6649728.htm recently penned a column about the telemarketing industry, which included this exhortation: *** QUOTE *** So what's the answer? Is there a constitutional way that we telephone customers can have our peace, without inconveniencing the people whose livelihoods depend on keeping their legal right to inconvenience us? Maybe we could pay the telemarketing industry not to call us, kind of like paying ''protection money'' to organized crime. Or maybe we could actually hire organized crime to explain our position to telemarketing-industry executives, who would then be given a fair opportunity to respond, while the cement was hardening. I'm just thinking out loud here. I'm sure you have a better idea for how we can resolve our differences with the telemarketing industry. If you do, call me. No, wait, I have a better idea: Call the American Teleservices Association, toll-free, at 1-877-779-3974, and tell them what you think. I'm sure they'd love to hear your constitutionally protected views! Be sure to wipe your mouthpiece afterward.
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The Associated Press reports that "thousands of Barry's readers have done as they were told, forcing the association to stop answering its phones." Callers now get a recording saying: "Due to overwhelming positive response to recent media events, we are unable to take your call at this time." Perhaps Barry will pen a follow-up column with the home numbers of the association's executives.

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