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Robocallers

Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Curt Scott, who commented on the article by Ralph Shaffer, "Those Robocallers: Let’s Abolish the “Department of Utility Services”."

I’ve long held the position that you (Ralph) mention in your letter to L.A. Progressive that these robocallers should be categorized along (specifically) with other domestic terrorists.

Lawmakers (state and federal) have little interest in the robocaller subject, since you can rest assured that they… one and all… are on the robocallers REAL Do-Not-Call list

A few corollary things you didn’t mention in that letter that I’ve long groused about:

  • Lawmakers (state and federal) have little interest in the robocaller subject, since you can rest assured that they… one and all… are on the robocallers REAL Do-Not-Call list. The no doubt haven’t received a robocall or telemarketing call since about the time Charlton Heston parted The Red Sea;
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  • When the FCC’s “Do Not Call List” first was announced and implemented in about 2007, few of us (if anyone) doubted that it was a mere placebo, and a placebo w/o any serious violation penalties. Within a week or two after my wife and I signed up for “Do Not Call,” when I asked a telemarketer if he had not heard about the “Do Not Call List,” he promptly advised me to “Go f*** myself.”
  • ther hoax names of robocallers include police and fire agencies. For example: “I’m calling for The Monterey Park Motorcycle Patrolmen’s Association,” which of course is a scam. No police or fire organization makes telemarketing calls to collect contributions. Safe to conclude that 100% of these donations go into these crooks’ own offshore accounts.

The old saw “My home is my castle” is dead and entombed. These robocallers have total control over our wish for peace and quiet, with their two dozen robocalls every day (including Saturdays and Sundays). And there’s nothing one can do about it. Writing to your Congressperson or to the FCC is a certified waste of one’s time.

Some (if not most) countries in Europe have, as you probably know, Ralph, an ombudsman to handle situations consumer complaints such as these robocalls, since lawmakers routinely dismiss them as too trifling for them to be bothered with. Won’t get them headlines or recognition, in their sphere of their perceived duties. So we need an ombudsman (or similar executive post) in this country. But don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

With sincerest regards, Curt Scott
Santa Clarita, California