AP | Barry Column Turns Table on Telemarketers

Telemarketers are now screening their calls, instead of the other way around.

The American Teleservices Association isn’t laughing at Dave Barry, not after the Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for The Miami Herald listed the group’s telephone number in his Aug. 31 column and sparked a flood of phone calls to the group’s offices.

…”It’s difficult not to see some malice in Mr. Barry’s intent,” said Tim Searcy, executive director of the ATA, who said the added calls will be costly to his group because of toll charges and staffing issues.

Barry hardly sounded apologetic.

“I feel just terrible, especially if they were eating or anything,” he said.

…ATA officials have said about 2 million of the 6.5 million people working at telemarketing call centers across the nation will lose their jobs because of the rules that established the nationwide “Do Not Call” list.

Barry also attacked that logic in the same column.

“Of course, you could use pretty much the same reasoning to argue that laws against mugging cause unemployment among muggers,” he wrote. “But that would be unfair. Muggers rarely intrude into your home.”

*BWAH HAH HAH* *gasp* please… stop… can’t… breathe… *BWAH HAH HAH*

Here’s the Dave Barry column that gave the phone number. So you can see the toll-free number there. Not that I would encourage you to use it or anything. I mean, I would hate for any casual use of 1-877-779-3974 to result in any additional inconvenience for those poor hardworking people. They didn’t ask to be made fun of by Dave Barry. But then, who ever has?

Arrr.

No, sorry, I don’t know where my mind was. It’s way too late for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Must be oxygen deprivation from all that malicious laughing at the American Teleservices Association (1-877-779-3974 toll free).

Wait a minute. “Telemarketers are now screening their calls, instead of the other way around.”? Something is wrong with that sentence.

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