On my list of my pet peeves is telemarketers – even “legitimate” ones who I am unable to block by being on the “do not call registry” – who hide their identities. Yes, I have Call Display, and I get tired of seeing “unavailable” (or just a number) for incoming calls which end up being telemarketers, including charities.
Aren’t these people who want to have a relationship with me, including sometimes also asking me for something – like my business or money to support their causes? I think I’m owed at least the courtesy of them declaring up front through Call Display who is calling me.
If the worry is that I will not answer a call because I see who it is from, they are fooling themselves because I can just as easily choose to not answer all incoming calls which I don’t recognize. That doesn’t put them any further ahead.
I have Call Display for a reason, and I’m on the “do not call registry” for a reason. I think it’s sneaky and dishonest for telemarketers to find a way to “hide”. It’s certainly no way to set the stage for having a relationship with me, and especially for asking me for something.
What do you think? Is this cowardly or dishonest? Does it bug you too?