Oh, the joys of getting old(er). I just received a sales call for an “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” system. Instead of being forthright, the caller was “just confirming delivery of the system.” When I tried to say I wasn’t interested, she talked over me, following her script.

I’m not sure what bothers me more: that some businesses consider deception and rudeness a viable business strategy, or that these business target seniors.

Please, read the Boulder Pledge1 and consider expanding its application from spam email to junk mail and junk phone calls:

“Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community.”


  1. Yeah, I’ve written about the Boulder Pledge before