This guy created a genius way to get back at telemarketers - listen to his hilarious robot lead them in circles
Roger Anderson was tired of dealing with telemarketers, especially after one of them swore at his son, he writes in a blog post. Since he works on telephone systems for a living, Anderson decided to see if he could beat robocallers at their own game.
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This two-part system worked like a charm, and he was able to cut telemarketers out of his life altogether.
But, though he had blocked them, something didn't sit right with Anderson. "I had successfully blocked them, but I wasn't causing them any pain or discomfort," he writes. And he had to strike back for all the unfortunate souls still getting harassment by telemarketers.This is when Anderson had his stroke of genius. He created an algorithm that performed a "handshake" (saying "Hello?"), then "engaged" ("yes," "uh huh," "right"), then once it felt like the telemarketer was catching on, would launch into an inane mini-story. If there was ever a long silence, it went back to the handshake ("hello?"), and so on. Here is perhaps the best line we heard from Anderson's robot, giving an excuse as to why he wasn't fully paying attention to the telemarketer: "Oh, hang on, there's a bee on me, there's a bee on my arm, keep talking but I'm going to stay quiet cause this bee is freaking me out." The telemarketer totally bought it.
You can hear that exchange in the sample call below, or check out Anderson's website for more.
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