John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
What is the best way to get rid of solicitors who call you on the telephone? The " do not call list " is one way of getting rid of some of these calls. You can place the caller on hold while you wait a while until he is gone. You can inform them to call you at work, and then give them the number of a unit of law enforcement if they are trying to sell you something forcefully. Scam artists like to claim that they are somebody else in order to prevent you from tracing their call. They are in open violation of the "do not call list" and do not care. You can also have your little child or grandchild talk to the caller.
With Caller-ID on many phones, you can see who is trying to call you. If they have an unlisted or 800 phone number, most likely it will be a solicitor. You could converse with them in a foreign language. You could inform them that they have called a funeral home and ask when they want the body picked up. You could try and sell the caller a non-existent item like a car with only two minor problems ( no motor and no transmission). To a solicitor, time is the key factor in their calls. If you can stall them on the phone, then they are unlikely to call back. (hopefully) If a solicitor is threatening you, then turn them over to your local police department to handle. If somebody threatens you, tape record the call as evidence and turn this over to your local police department.
Two types of calls are permitted on the "do not call list". Requests for donations from a valid charity are one type. The other type is a political action type call. I am sure that you know how to handle these calls. Always check your Caller-ID to determine who is calling you. This will help you decide which calls should be answered by you. Keep an answering machine attached to your phone for any missed calls. Solicitors do not like to leave messages on your answering machine. If the call is important, then the caller will gladly leave you a message and give you their phone number to return their call. Have fun answering your telephone. Please support the Bay View community.