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I registered for the telephone preference service a while ago, and it stopped about 90% of unwanted calls.

Trouble is it doesn't stop ones from outside the UK.

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Some doorstep sellers are (and I use this phrase with complete sincerity)..."utter boobalubes".

 

Even from watching Rogue Traders and the like, they clearly have no shame about targetting the elderly.

 

I don't really have a problem with Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses. Most times they have knocked on the door I've seen them and hid, or they've gone away without any problems.

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Under the Mailing Preference Service companies with whom you have previously done business can continue to target you. Generally if you write to their marketing department they stop plaguing you with their crap. The worst offenders of course are the Post Office who fill my letter box with sh*te on an almost daily basis. Sadly I have sent my last Aberdeen Yellow Pages so am looking for suggestions of heavy-weight and easily found stuff to send back to those fools who send me pre-paid envelopes.

 

When I was a youngster my Dad worked shifts on the railways. One day he was in bed and a salesman called at the door selling vacuum cleaners. My Mum said no thanks, but the salesman wasn't listening. He kept pestering my Mum, but she wasn't about to buy. The noise from downstairs was keeping Dad awake upstairs so he decided to wander downstairs and read the sales guy his fortune.

 

Dad slept naked and was not the sort who would bother getting dressed for the occasion. He wandered downstairs naked and told the salesman to leave. The salesman's mistake was to not go straight away. He thought that he could win Dad over with his sales patter. Dad picked up the vacuum cleaner and threw it out into the street where it broke into a number of pieces. He then turned to the salesman and asked him if he would like to leave the house in the same manner. He didn't and decided to rush out of the house very quickly before Dad got hold of him.

 

Someone got a valuable lesson that day :lol:

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looking for suggestions of heavy-weight and easily found stuff to send back to those fools who send me pre-paid envelopes.

 

Might i suggest the finest Shetland Peat!

 

Or my own recommendation would be a nice fat Piltock, as most other fish are so expensive these days, unless you catch them yourself, which would be easy with a piltock at any pier :wink:

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My dad has great fun shuffling all the crap mail and stuffing it into any reply paid envelopes he gets.

His idea is that it helps keep the postman, and the mailroom staff at various companies, in a job..

 

I Think it's a great idea :D

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My dad has great fun shuffling all the crap mail and stuffing it into any reply paid envelopes he gets.

His idea is that it helps keep the postman, and the mailroom staff at various companies, in a job..

 

I Think it's a great idea :D

 

Yes, I have been doing this for a while, but sending telephone directories was a small personal triumph against the swathe of uninvited junk mail.

 

If it really is worth anything why is it OK for the post office to push it through my door, but not ok for me to dispose of the rubbish back in their postbox?

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If it really is worth anything why is it OK for the post office to push it through my door, but not ok for me to dispose of the rubbish back in their postbox?

 

It is OK.......any reply paid stuff is woth sending back as the poor old post office.......should that be Royal Mail......gets paid for each reply.

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  • 2 weeks later...

This subject has just been on Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 this lunchtime.

 

What a patronising git. He reckoned that it would be good for people in remote areas of Shetland, which is and I quote " in the back of beyond", to get door to door salesmen as they would be glad of the visitors.

 

Do we have to relocate the whole of the BBC to Shetland so that they understand what it is like up here ? Maybe they should do a tour of all outlying areas in the UK - Western Isles, North Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.

 

You can listen again at the BBC site using the radio player.

 

Whoever reckoned that they should cover this story from Shetland needs a kick up the ass as they have missed an even bigger story in Sakchai, especially with the bail hearing today.

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