On September 30, the Government of Canada opened the virtual gates to a list that many people wanted to get on – the ‘Do Not Call’ list. I’m sure you can tell from the name, but I’ll explain it anyway. It’s the list you want to be on, if you want to cease receiving those annoying calls from telemarketers. But even on the day of the release, it has seemed like a failure.
First, their website crashed – a few hours1 after they opened the website to the public, their server(s)2 were overloaded with the insane number of people that wanted to get on this list. Surely, a sign that there’s a problem but there hasn’t been much broohaha over it. Well, I’d like to list my ‘broohaha’ right here. Here are some more ‘issues’ I have with this list:
Next, we find out that there are exceptions to the list. People conducting surveys, charities, companies with whom you have an existing service – all these people can still call you even if you are on the do not call list. And I’m not sure if he was lying, though I would sincerely hope not, Kevin Frankish mentioned on Breakfast Television that he had already received a call from someone saying they were conducting a survey but towards the end of the conversation that same person was trying to sell him something based on the answers he provided in the ‘survey’.
What I don’t understand is, why they’re even introducing the list in the first place – the obviously understand that there’s a problem and that many, many people don’t want these calls coming to their house during dinner time. So why not pass a by-law to prevent them from being able to do so? I know companies pay a lot of money to employ these people to bother us, and it must work on some level or it wouldn’t still haunting us at every meal we try to enjoy with our families. But I haven’t met a single person that says, they enjoy getting these calls. I haven’t even met a single person that says they don’t mind them.
Lastly, there’s an expiration date – after you ‘successfully’ register for the list you’re greeted with this page:
What am I missing? How can we get rid of these annoying phone calls once and for all?