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An odd phone call

Postby Imsogone » Thu May 10, 2012 10:38 pm

I received what I assume is one of those annoying political cold calls. The person on the other end of the line was a woman and she asked to speak to "any male registered voters in the residence". At first I was a tad surprised, then offended, then curious. There were, however, no answers available from the caller, who hung up when informed that there were no males, aside from a snake and a tarantula, in the house.

Has anyone else received such a call? Is this some sort of divisive conservative ploy designed to cause discord between male and female voters? Is this some sort of liberal action designed to do who knows what? What would the purpose of a call like this be?
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Postby Bombadil » Thu May 10, 2012 10:44 pm

Like when my mother was doing some transaction on her personal account at a bank and the teller asked '..and does hubby know about this?', to which my mother replied 'go fuck yourself'.
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Postby NERVUN » Thu May 10, 2012 10:45 pm

Probably just trying to poll and wanted a certain demographic.

Thankfully, I don't have to deal with them. :p
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Postby Bombadil » Thu May 10, 2012 10:47 pm

Having said that, if a van arrived 15 minutes later filled with criminals intent on emptying your house you'd only have yourself to blame, the correct response to these cold calls is 'yes but he's outside wrestling some bears, you can call back in 10 minutes'.
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Postby Blazedtown » Thu May 10, 2012 10:48 pm

Bombadil wrote:Having said that, if a van arrived 15 minutes later filled with criminals intent on emptying your house you'd only have yourself to blame, the correct response to these cold calls is 'yes but he's outside wrestling some bears, you can call back in 10 minutes'.


This. I suggest you double check all your doors and windows are locked and keep the shotgun loaded.
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Postby Imsogone » Thu May 10, 2012 10:50 pm

Blazedtown wrote:
Bombadil wrote:Having said that, if a van arrived 15 minutes later filled with criminals intent on emptying your house you'd only have yourself to blame, the correct response to these cold calls is 'yes but he's outside wrestling some bears, you can call back in 10 minutes'.


This. I suggest you double check all your doors and windows are locked and keep the shotgun loaded.


I've just released the snake and the tarantula, I think I'll be ok.
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Postby Blazedtown » Thu May 10, 2012 10:54 pm

Imsogone wrote:
Blazedtown wrote:
This. I suggest you double check all your doors and windows are locked and keep the shotgun loaded.


I've just released the snake and the tarantula, I think I'll be ok.


This scheme start up around election season, call random women out of the phone book and then rob the place because they have better chances of overpowering a woman, like cowards.
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Postby Tmutarakhan » Thu May 10, 2012 10:54 pm

Pollsters always want to speak to males, if they can. The sample will not be representative of the population unless it is half male half female. Unfortunately, males are much less likely to answer the phone, and the males they do get are less likely to talk to the pollster, so they always have a shortage of males in the sample. Gals, nobody wants your opinion because you are too easy, you just give it away!
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Postby Greed and Death » Thu May 10, 2012 10:59 pm

If it is in the new York Yeah there was a brothel that was soliciting over the phone using the ploy of asking if there was any male voters to get around suspicious wives and the like. I thought they got busted Monday though. You better report the number to the FBI for good measure.
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Postby Montanaa » Thu May 10, 2012 11:09 pm

I am reminded of the "Microsoft Support" calls from India that convince people if they're seeing a certain file, they have a virus or some serious technical issue, and can charge money to fix it.
Hence, seems like this may have been more of a scam to trick some poor sap into giving away his credit card number. Surprise though: Tarantulas don't have credit cards.

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Postby Hammurab » Thu May 10, 2012 11:10 pm

Imsogone wrote:I received what I assume is one of those annoying political cold calls. The person on the other end of the line was a woman and she asked to speak to "any male registered voters in the residence". At first I was a tad surprised, then offended, then curious. There were, however, no answers available from the caller, who hung up when informed that there were no males, aside from a snake and a tarantula, in the house.

Has anyone else received such a call? Is this some sort of divisive conservative ploy designed to cause discord between male and female voters? Is this some sort of liberal action designed to do who knows what? What would the purpose of a call like this be?


Sorry. I got nervous and couldn't think of anything to say.


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Postby Death Metal » Thu May 10, 2012 11:12 pm

I used to work sales for Dish Network. Horrible business, btw, I was actually fired for not breaking federal law. They supposedly cleaned up their act since then but I don't buy it...

Anyway, usually my calls would be outgoing (and completely random), though some people would call me to decide to subscribe. There were also people who were calling for customer service.

One of the ingoing calls was a follow-up sales call, but he wanted to talk to someone else. I had to spend 40 minutes to convince him that I couldn't transfer him because I didn't know who he wanted (he only gave me a first name), or where this salesman's office was located, or even if he was still working for Dish. Which then turned into a 20 minute conversation about Florida (where I live) and the Miami Dolphins.

Made the sale though. 8)
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Postby The blAAtschApen » Thu May 10, 2012 11:14 pm

Tmutarakhan wrote:Pollsters always want to speak to males, if they can. The sample will not be representative of the population unless it is half male half female. Unfortunately, males are much less likely to answer the phone, and the males they do get are less likely to talk to the pollster, so they always have a shortage of males in the sample. Gals, nobody wants your opinion because you are too easy, you just give it away!


I think I should get a career in cold calling :p

Imsogone, I guess it was indeed just someone who wants a certain demographic. That, or, your opinion is just not important :p :hug:
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Postby Cannot think of a name » Thu May 10, 2012 11:14 pm

You should have put the snake on.
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Postby CoolBoyGcp » Thu May 10, 2012 11:16 pm

Death Metal wrote:I used to work sales for Dish Network. Horrible business, btw, I was actually fired for not breaking federal law. They supposedly cleaned up their act since then but I don't buy it...

Anyway, usually my calls would be outgoing (and completely random), though some people would call me to decide to subscribe. There were also people who were calling for customer service.

One of the ingoing calls was a follow-up sales call, but he wanted to talk to someone else. I had to spend 40 minutes to convince him that I couldn't transfer him because I didn't know who he wanted (he only gave me a first name), or where this salesman's office was located, or even if he was still working for Dish. Which then turned into a 20 minute conversation about Florida (where I live) and the Miami Dolphins.

Made the sale though. 8)

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Postby Arkinesia » Thu May 10, 2012 11:17 pm

NERVUN wrote:Probably just trying to poll and wanted a certain demographic.

Thankfully, I don't have to deal with them. :p

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Postby Mike the Progressive » Thu May 10, 2012 11:21 pm

Much ado about nothing. Probably, just trying to conduct some study.

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Postby Imsogone » Thu May 10, 2012 11:21 pm

Hammurab wrote:
Imsogone wrote:I received what I assume is one of those annoying political cold calls. The person on the other end of the line was a woman and she asked to speak to "any male registered voters in the residence". At first I was a tad surprised, then offended, then curious. There were, however, no answers available from the caller, who hung up when informed that there were no males, aside from a snake and a tarantula, in the house.

Has anyone else received such a call? Is this some sort of divisive conservative ploy designed to cause discord between male and female voters? Is this some sort of liberal action designed to do who knows what? What would the purpose of a call like this be?


Sorry. I got nervous and couldn't think of anything to say.


What were you wearing?


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Postby Imsogone » Thu May 10, 2012 11:23 pm

The Blaatschapen wrote:
Tmutarakhan wrote:Pollsters always want to speak to males, if they can. The sample will not be representative of the population unless it is half male half female. Unfortunately, males are much less likely to answer the phone, and the males they do get are less likely to talk to the pollster, so they always have a shortage of males in the sample. Gals, nobody wants your opinion because you are too easy, you just give it away!


I think I should get a career in cold calling :p

Imsogone, I guess it was indeed just someone who wants a certain demographic. That, or, your opinion is just not important :p :hug:


I'm used to my opinion not being important. I learned that on NSG. :kiss:
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Postby The blAAtschApen » Thu May 10, 2012 11:25 pm

Imsogone wrote:
The Blaatschapen wrote:
I think I should get a career in cold calling :p

Imsogone, I guess it was indeed just someone who wants a certain demographic. That, or, your opinion is just not important :p :hug:


I'm used to my opinion not being important. I learned that on NSG. :kiss:


You're the first that actually learned it. The rest of us is still dillusional about it :p
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Postby Hammurab » Thu May 10, 2012 11:25 pm

Imsogone wrote:
Sorry. I got nervous and couldn't think of anything to say.


What were you wearing?


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Postby Anthoraubia » Thu May 10, 2012 11:28 pm

I receive annoying calls everyday from telemarketers, political groups, people doing surveys, and wrong numbers.

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Postby Mr Bananagrabber » Fri May 11, 2012 12:19 am

One of the problems with random digit dialling as a sampling method is that the characteristics of the sample you end up with (people who answer the phone and complete the survey) isn't the same as the characteristics of the population you're trying to make inferences on (say, all registered voters). That means you end up with a sampling bias. For example, disproportionately many women respond to RDD than men. One of the ways they deal with that is through quotas, so you end up with a sample whose characteristics more closely match the population. Presumably they'd just filled their quota of women to survey but still needed more men? If there were a male respondent in the house, they probably would have also asked about his age and race.
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Postby Grenartia » Fri May 11, 2012 2:18 am

Hammurab wrote:
Imsogone wrote:I received what I assume is one of those annoying political cold calls. The person on the other end of the line was a woman and she asked to speak to "any male registered voters in the residence". At first I was a tad surprised, then offended, then curious. There were, however, no answers available from the caller, who hung up when informed that there were no males, aside from a snake and a tarantula, in the house.

Has anyone else received such a call? Is this some sort of divisive conservative ploy designed to cause discord between male and female voters? Is this some sort of liberal action designed to do who knows what? What would the purpose of a call like this be?


Sorry. I got nervous and couldn't think of anything to say.


What were you wearing?


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Postby Samuraikoku » Fri May 11, 2012 6:58 am

This week I've been besieged by calls from the Lawyer's Bar. There were elections today and the parties wanted to woo me to their side. The current administration even invited me to a party, but it got rescheduled to a time I couldn't attend.

Me personally, I don't mind getting called, but those who do, are going to waste their time.

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