During a recession, people are lucky to have jobs -- even sh*tty ones that piss you off.
Momlogic's Andrea: There's a demographic that on a daily basis is publicly ridiculed, maligned, and verbally battered by strangers. No, I'm not speaking of an ethnic group or minority ... I am referring to telemarketers. Those people who interrupt our meals while reading off of laminated "scripts" in a desperate attempt to sell us things we usually don't need.
I personally love telemarketers for this reason: They are not panhandling or on welfare. They are part of the workforce. A workforce that in the last year has lost over half a million jobs.
When I answer my phone, I don't know the circumstance of why the voice on the other end took a job that is, some might say, one of the lowest on the employment totem pole.
Let's be fair. Telemarketing is not anyone's dream job. No kid says, "I want to make cold calls when I grow up!" Maybe the caller just got laid off from their "real" job and in a desperate attempt to keep their family fed, went out and took any job available. Pretty commendable, I'd say.
But, you scream at me in frustration: "They shouldn't be calling me -- I'm on the No Call List!!" Oh yeah? Then take it up with their boss. Not them. They're just doing their job, dialing from a list (or an automated system) of numbers that's been put in front of them.
Not all jobs are great. Some suck. And almost everybody at one time has had to take a sucky job. Give the people who've had to resort to telemarketing a break -- hopefully they'll move on to something better. You did, right?