Missouri’s Attorney General has won a $300,000 judgment against a telemarketer that violated the state’s do-not-call list. It is the third-largest award so far.

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  1. Brian Ayson says:

    awesome

  2. Starfury says:

    I’ve had several “warranty is expiring” robot calls. I’ll press to be connected; ask to be taken off the list and then hung up on.

    Maybe next time I’ll make something up and see how long I can keep the person on the phone just for fun.

    • floraposte says:

      @Starfury: Those aren’t telemarketers, though, those are crooks.

    • Egat says:

      @Starfury: I was able to keep the warranty people on the phone for over an hour!

      them: “your car warranty is expiring”
      me: “oh no! that is so concerning! I will pay anything for a new warranty!”
      them: “what is the make/model of your car?”
      me: “oh I’m not really a car person, I don’t know”
      *riff on that for 10 minutes, eventually agree to go outside and check
      *wait 15-20 minutes and return
      me: “honda”
      them: “honda what?”
      me: “I don’t know it just says honda”
      them: “your car has a make and a model, like a honda civic.”
      me: “I think it might be a honda saturn?”
      *riff on that for a bit, go “out to check the model”
      *wait 15-20 minutes
      *repeat, cause you sound clueless enough that they won’t give up
      *when finished
      me: “you know I’m not a moron, and I know you’re crooks right?”
      them: *click*

  3. redskull says:

    One more reason to get rid of your landline. I used to get at least 4 solicitor calls every week. The do-not-call list helped some, but one would still get through every now and then. Finally got rid of my landline and haven’t had a single one since.

  4. philmin says:

    Glad to see someone is putting them in their place.

    Also, the “reply” button problem is back, for me anyways.

  5. N.RobertMoses says:

    So according to the article, the telemarketer “will pay the state $300,000 in penalties.” I take it those who got called won’t be getting a piece of the action.

  6. menty666 says:

    Hey, good for them. In MA when you complain to the state Attorney General you get back a form letter that basically says “Thanks for filing a complaint, you have a nice day now.”

    The law in MA has no teeth.

  7. GuinevereRucker says:

    I hate MA (but reply button not working). Taxes eat all my moneys, many stupid laws, idiots like John Kerry running amuck in the political system.

  8. fatcop says:

    Move

  9. fatcop says:

    There are 47 other states

  10. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Telemarketers, flock to me so I can turn around and SUE you for violating the do-not-call registry, please!! I need the money.

  11. Fresh-Fest-1986 says:

    If your an MC there are 52 states

    Plenty of room to get psycho killa Norman Bates.

  12. HogwartsAlum says:

    Yay! Missouri does SOME things right.

  13. mitchelwb says:

    I guess I don’t get so upset by the expiring warranties or credit offers. In fact, come to think of it, I haven’t received one of those calls in a while. I always play along for a while, then suddenly hit mute. I’ll put the phone on speaker and set it down and listen to them frantically try to figure out where I’ve gone. I’ve even had them hang up and call right back “It seems we got cut off” they say. I play along a little more, then same deal. It never ceases to amuse. Even my kids think it’s funny.

    But if you can tell me what to do about the loon from FairTrialsInAmerica that won’t stop calling and spewing his own brand of bat-shittery… boy I’d sure appreciate it if someone would go cut down his phone line trunk!

    • Corporate-Shill says:

      @mitchelwb:

      I tell them that Ralph handles that particular issue and then place the phone in Ralphie’s bed.

      It takes the average telewhore a good 2-3 minutes to figure out the grunts are really Ralphie enjoying his dogie toy.

  14. maxx22 says:

    By now, these “telemarketers” have paid their extortion to the state, changed their name and are back to making the same calls to the same people.

    Only some time in jail for the owners will stop this but then, there is nothing in it for the state revenue grabbers.