No one likes to have their dinner interrupted by telemarketer's and now there's something you can do about it. The Federal Trade Commission is enforcing a list that will block about eighty percent of those calls so you can get the calls that really count. Lela Scheffield's first thought when she picks up her phone and a telemarketer is on the other end is trying to sell her something. As a business owner she says she's fed up.
"Sometimes I'm trying to make something in the back of the kitchen and my hands have flour all over them and you think it's a customer and you need to go answer the phone." Scheffield said, "I don't want any more credit cards and I don't want anymore phone service if I want something else I will call them."
Consumers can now fight unwanted calls by adding their name to a national do not call list. The Federal Trade Commission launched a web registry Friday and by noon more than seven hundred thirty-five thousand phone numbers were registered. President Bush announced the plan Friday at the White House.
"When Americans are sitting down to dinner or a parent is reading to his or her child the last thing they need is a call from a stranger with a sales pitch," Bush said.
Some people say they receive 3 to 5 telemarketing calls a day. Some homeowners say all the interruptions are taking away the one thing they call their own.
"You get so saturated with advertisements with people trying to sell us stuff," Scott Roulier said, "It would be nice to have one place the privacy of your own home where someone wasn't intruding wanting you to buy something."
Beginning October first it will be illegal for most telemarketers to call numbers from the do not call list, if they do they can be fined up to $11,000 per call. Some sales calls can still get through. The exceptions are charities, political organizations, survey companies and companies you've had previous business relationships with.