I really dislike getting phone calls that turn out to be recorded messages. If the call is for a product, I go out of my way to not buy that product. This week, I’ve received two recorded calls from my MPP. I hung up the first time after taking note of whose recorded voice was calling me. The second time, tonight, I stayed on the line just long enough to find out that I could participate by phone on some kind of live session about the provincial budget. Guess what? We’re having a provincial election and my MPP lost my vote by calling me twice with recorded messages. It was just that easy. I may have voted for her but she blew the mission.
Note to politicians: if you want to lose my vote, have a recorded message call me. To drive a nail in the coffin, do it at dinner time just to make sure I don’t forget. Look, if you want to talk to me, feel free to give me a call personally or drop by the house. I always have a few minutes to talk to people running for office. Convince me to vote for you. Maybe I will. Maybe I have preconceived ideas about these things, but try to convince me. You might just succeed. But if some daft communications guy on your campaign comes up with the
bright annoying and disrespectful idea of auto-calling constituents, just say NO.
I might add that I never ever buy anything from telemarketers or donate to any charity over the phone. For charities, I give them a fighting chance. I suggest they send me something with details about the organization and I’ll consider it. Almost without exception they tell me they can’t do that. Too bad. I don’t really mind getting the odd call from telemarketers because it helps me make choices. If I need duct cleaning or windows or whatever it is, I know who not to call.
There, I feel better now. What bugs you?