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Dave Barry wrote a column listing (in the Miami Herald) the numbers of the American Teleservices Associations phone numbers, with the label "Tell them what you think."
Well, thousands of people took his advice and forced the ATA to simply have a recording, instead of answering the phones. They are angry at Barry's "malicious intent," but Barry simply stated (fittingly):

"I feel just terrible, especially if they were eating or anything," he said. "They have phones like the rest of us have phones. Their attitude seems to be if you have a phone, people are allowed to call you."

Sweet, sweet justice...

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Phone Spammers angry about unsolicited calls

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  • i appreciate what dave is doing for us
  • by Surak (18578) *
    The number's busy. It's been Slashdotted. Or would that be Barrydotted? ;)

    Don't forget: Dave Barry also reminds us that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day [talklikeapirate.com]. I'm sure the RIAA/MPAA/BSA will love it. ;)

    • Don't forget: Dave Barry also reminds us that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

      I was just going to post a JE about that. I don't know if I should bother though...
      • by Surak (18578) *
        Why not?
        • I'm partially afraid of offending the reverent few who believe that because a local tradegy happened, the world must stop. And my journals have very poor attendance anyway.
          • by Surak (18578) *
            I'm partially afraid of offending the reverent few who believe that because a local tradegy happened, the world must stop. And my journals have very poor attendance anyway.

            While I feel that it was very, very sad thing, and I feel that definitely some respect must be shown for those who suffered, and for those who bravely gave their lives to down the plane in Pennsylvania, I must say that 1) I'm not going to post any kind of obligatory 9/11 JE, however 2) I'm also not going to diss those that do, and 3) I'
  • FIRST POST!
    In Soviet Russia, phone spammers are angry at YOU!
    I, for one, welcome our phone spamming overlords.
    1) Phone spam 2) get feedback 3) profit!
    I'm Sorry, but SCO has already patented phone spamming.
    All your phoneline are belong to us.
    Imagine a beowulf cluster of angry callers.
    Yes, but do the callers run Linux?
    Yes, but do the callers listen to ogg?
    It is the second anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history and you are talking about angry phone spammers? GET SOME PRIORITIES!
    Staphen King, dead
  • by Abm0raz (668337)
    for the record, I called once. Any more than that and it can be conceived as harrassment. Besides, more than once is too much like spam for my tastes.

    In a similar vein, I mailed credit card companies back their spam today. Only I put the applications (filled out with fake names like Beorge Gush and Cill Blinton) in the wrong envelopes. This way they have to pay double for the mail spam (the original letter and the prepaid response) and the money goes to the post office, which helps keep the cost of sta
    • What an ingenious and rational idea. I'm sold... gonna do that with the mail today (calling wife and telling her not to trash it).
      • I can't take full credit for this. Maddox [xmission.com] had the original idea [xmission.com]. I actually use my coupons occasionally, so I decided to send the Capital One Visa applications back in the pre-paid Chase Manhatten MasterCard envelope and vice versa. Always make sure you are sending a different card and bank back. If you only get one in a day, put a crap catalog for your local furniture/car/department store's big [insert holiday here] sale instead. I've sent everything back from styrofoam peanuts to the wrappers from in

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