Florida - Do Not Call list tops consu...

Florida - Do Not Call list tops consumer complaints to state

There are 26 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Feb 23, 2007, titled Florida - Do Not Call list tops consumer complaints to state. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

Year-end figures from the state show telemarketers have been the focus of most Florida consumer complaints over the past year.

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Mr Mrs John Perretta

AOL

#1 Mar 7, 2007
We are a retired couple living on a limited income, and because of at least 7 to 10 calls a day we have had to pay an additional amount of money to the telephone Co for what is called Caller ID. There must be some kind of stopage to this kind of nonsense. We could certainly could use the extra money for this Caller ID that we pay each month on something worthwhile.
Thank You
John Perretta
RENEE FARRELL

AOL

#2 May 7, 2007
SO JUST SAY YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED. THESE PEOPLE ARE RIDICULOUS. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE NOT TO MENTION BUSINESSES THAT RELY ON TELEMARKETING FOR THEIR SOUL SOURCE OF INCOME ATLEAST THESE PEOPLE THAT TELEMARKET ARE NOT LIVING OFF OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS. MANY PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN THIS FIELD ARE LOW LEVEL TYPE EMPLOYEES WITH NO EDUCATION OR REAL OTHER CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO EMPLOYMENT WELFARE WOULD BASICALLY BE THE NEXT STEP. YOU PEOPLE PROPOSE WE PUT THEM AND AREA BUSINESSES OUT OF WORK BECAUSE IT IS INCONVENIENT FOR YOU TO ANSWER THE PHONE!! IF THIS IS EVERYONES BIGGEST WORRY HERE IN FLORIDA NOT TO MENTION THE UNITED STATES AS A WHOLE YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING. TAXES ARE RISINF INSURANCE IS UNAFFORDABLE AND YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING 3.95 DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR A CALLER ID BOX. PUT YOUR EFFORTS WHERE THEY BELONG AND PERHAPS WE AS FLORIDIANS WOULD NOT BE IN THIS POSITION. STOP FILLING TALLAHASSEES PLATE WITH THIS NONSENSE SO THEY CAN GET TO THE REAL ISSUES. WE ARE LOSING REVENUE WITH BUSINESSES PULLING OUT OF FLORIDA PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO MOVE HERE BECAUSE OF HURRICANES AND EXPENSES STATE TAX WILL BE NEXT SPEND THE 3 BUCKS AND WISE UP.

Since: Mar 07

Jacksonville

#3 May 7, 2007
I just hang up on them.
JESSIE

Stockbridge, GA

#4 May 8, 2007
RENEE FARRELL wrote:
SO JUST SAY YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED. THESE PEOPLE ARE RIDICULOUS. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE NOT TO MENTION BUSINESSES THAT RELY ON TELEMARKETING FOR THEIR SOUL SOURCE OF INCOME ATLEAST THESE PEOPLE THAT TELEMARKET ARE NOT LIVING OFF OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS. MANY PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN THIS FIELD ARE LOW LEVEL TYPE EMPLOYEES WITH NO EDUCATION OR REAL OTHER CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO EMPLOYMENT WELFARE WOULD BASICALLY BE THE NEXT STEP. YOU PEOPLE PROPOSE WE PUT THEM AND AREA BUSINESSES OUT OF WORK BECAUSE IT IS INCONVENIENT FOR YOU TO ANSWER THE PHONE!! IF THIS IS EVERYONES BIGGEST WORRY HERE IN FLORIDA NOT TO MENTION THE UNITED STATES AS A WHOLE YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING. TAXES ARE RISINF INSURANCE IS UNAFFORDABLE AND YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING 3.95 DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR A CALLER ID BOX. PUT YOUR EFFORTS WHERE THEY BELONG AND PERHAPS WE AS FLORIDIANS WOULD NOT BE IN THIS POSITION. STOP FILLING TALLAHASSEES PLATE WITH THIS NONSENSE SO THEY CAN GET TO THE REAL ISSUES. WE ARE LOSING REVENUE WITH BUSINESSES PULLING OUT OF FLORIDA PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO MOVE HERE BECAUSE OF HURRICANES AND EXPENSES STATE TAX WILL BE NEXT SPEND THE 3 BUCKS AND WISE UP.
I understand that it's their only source of income.. i am glad i am not spending my tax dollars for them to put food in their mouth; but at the same time it's nobody's fault but their own for making their mistakes. Why call the DO NOT CALL LIST if they phone number in question has already gone to the proper steps for telemarketers to stop calling them. Technically that is harrassment. If it is on the DO NOT CALL LIST then don't call them. As far as losing revenue because of all of our hurricanes well guess what it's all around the world; especially in the midwest with the tornadoes or in Cali with the earthquakes or even the Gulf Coast with flooding too. So it's everywhere not just Florida. Either way i like my caller ID and don't awnser the phone anyhow unless i recongize the number.
Rich

AOL

#6 Jul 12, 2007
Lisa-Jacksonville wrote:
I just hang up on them.
Not so. They do and you don't know it.
Lance

Merritt Island, FL

#7 Jul 31, 2007
RENEE FARRELL wrote:
So Renee, are you one of those uneducated ones? 1st off, ALL CAPS is considered shouting and rule of thumb for now, hmmmm, 7+ years.

Next,
SOUL SOURCE OF INCOME ATLEAST THESE PEOPLE
, yea, another "educated" run on sentence, next;
WITH NO EDUCATION OR REAL OTHER CHOICES
, yea, missed grammer 101 huh?
YOU PEOPLE PROPOSE WE PUT THEM AND AREA BUSINES
well, enough is enough, I am sure I can find more, but the point of the topic is that numerous people like myself don't want to answer.

We are not putting anyone out, and if the busiess pays them to call, have them pay to advertise instead of harassment, by the way, Renee, what's you number there?

Anyway, there is my .02 agreeing with the intelligent people on the post, enough is enough with the telemarketing!
William

Denver, NC

#8 Jul 31, 2007
RENEE FARRELL wrote:
SO JUST SAY YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED. THESE PEOPLE ARE RIDICULOUS. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE NOT TO MENTION BUSINESSES THAT RELY ON TELEMARKETING FOR THEIR SOUL SOURCE OF INCOME ATLEAST THESE PEOPLE THAT TELEMARKET ARE NOT LIVING OFF OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS. MANY PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN THIS FIELD ARE LOW LEVEL TYPE EMPLOYEES WITH NO EDUCATION OR REAL OTHER CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO EMPLOYMENT WELFARE WOULD BASICALLY BE THE NEXT STEP. YOU PEOPLE PROPOSE WE PUT THEM AND AREA BUSINESSES OUT OF WORK BECAUSE IT IS INCONVENIENT FOR YOU TO ANSWER THE PHONE!! IF THIS IS EVERYONES BIGGEST WORRY HERE IN FLORIDA NOT TO MENTION THE UNITED STATES AS A WHOLE YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING. TAXES ARE RISINF INSURANCE IS UNAFFORDABLE AND YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING 3.95 DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR A CALLER ID BOX. PUT YOUR EFFORTS WHERE THEY BELONG AND PERHAPS WE AS FLORIDIANS WOULD NOT BE IN THIS POSITION. STOP FILLING TALLAHASSEES PLATE WITH THIS NONSENSE SO THEY CAN GET TO THE REAL ISSUES. WE ARE LOSING REVENUE WITH BUSINESSES PULLING OUT OF FLORIDA PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO MOVE HERE BECAUSE OF HURRICANES AND EXPENSES STATE TAX WILL BE NEXT SPEND THE 3 BUCKS AND WISE UP.
I am on the "Do Not Call List".
I do not want to hang up on these harrassing phone callers because I don't want to answer their phone calls anyway.
I also don't want to pay the phone company $4 a month or $48 a year for somthing that should be FREE, just to check to see who's on the other end.
happy camper

Niceville, FL

#9 Jul 31, 2007
Lance---
I was going to post addressing all you mentioned about Renee, thanks for saying it for me !
Don

Miami, FL

#10 Aug 6, 2007
It might sound as simple as saying "no" or just hanging up to those who have not been harassed by people misusing your phone number.
Perhaps after you've been bugged by an unscrupulous collection agency when you don't owe anyone any money, and you dig deep enough to find out that Florida has some of the weakest collection agency regulation in the nation, you'll see it differently.
In particular, when you get "beeped" during another conversation, and it might be the doctor or hospital about an ill relative, only to find out it's an arrogant skip tracer at a collection agency wanting you to tell them where one of your unknown distant relatives is, you may see the matter differently.
Again, it's much more than a matter of just hanging up or saying "no." They come back worse than mangrove swamp mosqitoes.
Robert Casavant

New York, NY

#11 Sep 8, 2007
Greetings,
I requested a bill collector to add me to their do not call list and they claim bill collection companies are not required to comply to this law.

Any one know?
[email protected]
Amused

Bakersfield, CA

#12 Sep 8, 2007
I had a transplant and was recovering at home.

The phone was ringing 10 times a day for the Police Athletic League or the Firefighters whatever.

It took me forever to get me names off their lists.

Can you imagine someone barely able to stand, walking across the room to answer the phone over and over again.

I wasn't in any condition to move the phone closer to me.

My answer was to turn off the ringer, and listen to the answering machine.

Everybody I knew, knew my condition and would only call for emergencies, and that I would get back with them.
The Gipper

Dade City, FL

#13 Sep 18, 2007
"SOUL SOURCE OF INCOME ATLEAST THESE PEOPLE"

Renee, you have no sole
sarah1

United States

#14 Sep 18, 2007
RENEE FARRELL wrote:
SO JUST SAY YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED. THESE PEOPLE ARE RIDICULOUS. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE NOT TO MENTION BUSINESSES THAT RELY ON TELEMARKETING FOR THEIR SOUL SOURCE OF INCOME ATLEAST THESE PEOPLE THAT TELEMARKET ARE NOT LIVING OFF OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS. MANY PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN THIS FIELD ARE LOW LEVEL TYPE EMPLOYEES WITH NO EDUCATION OR REAL OTHER CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO EMPLOYMENT WELFARE WOULD BASICALLY BE THE NEXT STEP. YOU PEOPLE PROPOSE WE PUT THEM AND AREA BUSINESSES OUT OF WORK BECAUSE IT IS INCONVENIENT FOR YOU TO ANSWER THE PHONE!! IF THIS IS EVERYONES BIGGEST WORRY HERE IN FLORIDA NOT TO MENTION THE UNITED STATES AS A WHOLE YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING. TAXES ARE RISINF INSURANCE IS UNAFFORDABLE AND YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT PAYING 3.95 DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR A CALLER ID BOX. PUT YOUR EFFORTS WHERE THEY BELONG AND PERHAPS WE AS FLORIDIANS WOULD NOT BE IN THIS POSITION. STOP FILLING TALLAHASSEES PLATE WITH THIS NONSENSE SO THEY CAN GET TO THE REAL ISSUES. WE ARE LOSING REVENUE WITH BUSINESSES PULLING OUT OF FLORIDA PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO MOVE HERE BECAUSE OF HURRICANES AND EXPENSES STATE TAX WILL BE NEXT SPEND THE 3 BUCKS AND WISE UP.
I cannot believe you did not and cannot understand what a fixed income is. Mr. Patterra is stating that they pay for this caller i.d. box, and STILL have to get harrassed each day. If you don't understand that $3.95 may be expensive to some, then maybe, Mr. Patterra and you can get together and you can pay this for them every month. I know telemarketers need to eat, etc. however, on a Sat, or Sun. morning is definitely not the best time to call, especially to those that work 40 hours a week. You will get a real MAD person on the other end if you call me!(especially calling at 8 a.m.)
James Gonte

AOL

#15 Nov 7, 2007
The State of Florida should not be charging residents a fee to be on the do not call list! The national do not call list does not charge. What do you think about this??E-mail me at [email protected]
Teresa Punta Gorda FL

Fort Myers, FL

#16 Nov 12, 2007
Being a fairly new resident, I attempted to be understanding, when I began to receive numerous telephone solicitations each night. After now being a resident over a year, I have found that the calls have not decreased despite my informing each caller to take me off their call list. I then decided to see what Florida had to offer in the way of a Do Not Call List. I was astonished that Florida is so impoverished that it must charge for this service. Does anyone know for what the money collected is then used? I have lived in Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Hampshire and to my knowledge they still do not charge for such a list.
Tony

Waukesha, WI

#17 Nov 14, 2007
This charge to consumers must date from Bush's tenure in the governor's office.

Every other state that I'm aware of requires the telemarketing companies that make calls to numbers in that state to pay for the "Do Not Call" lists.

Bush and his ilk obviously think it's better to tax individual consumers for the privilege of not being harassed then to require the harassing companies to support these lists as a necessary cost of doing business!
USP

United States

#18 Nov 25, 2007
Buy you a good whistle. They will stop

Since: Jul 07

Jacksonville, FL

#19 Nov 25, 2007
Don wrote:
Perhaps after you've been bugged by an unscrupulous collection agency when you don't owe anyone any money
I HATE THAT!!!
Reeshard Dooglas

Tallahassee, FL

#20 Dec 20, 2007
Leave it to Florida, to charge for the "no call list." Florida. since the 2000 Presidential Coupe' has become one of the most Constitutional, Bill of Rights ignoring states in the Union. People are going to have to WAKE UP in Florida, before their rights are gone forever.
Chump

Landrum, SC

#21 Mar 27, 2008
1)Why are you giving young adults over the age of 18 who having kids so they can live off the government and be on welfare?

2)Why cant your industry just stop giving out welfare or just give them to lower class instead of all of upper class, middle class, & lower class?

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