There are some jobs that I really wouldn't want--for example, knife-thrower's assistant or Mafia hitman. But, those are jobs that SOMEONE has to do, just as the job of telemarketer--another one of those 'not for me' jobs. For the most part, I understand that telemarketers are trying to make a living, trying to pay their rent and feed their families. And I am okay with that. What I am NOT okay with is the attitude of too many of these people.
As I said, I don't want the job and I can imagine it is a very frustrating way to make a living, but I wish they would understand ME, as well. For the most part, I try to be as nice and courteous to the caller as I can. (I take issue, though, with the companies that call repeatedly, day after day after day. I don't need to be HARASSED.) As I said, I try to be courteous and friendly, while trying to get off of the phone as quickly as possible. And I usually can do all of this with a minimum of hassle. There are more times than I'd like to think, that I HAVE to be rude to these people or I would be on the phone with them all day long. Some telemarketers are like a dog with a bone, they just won't give it up! One thing that I will say is that I'm not interested and don't want to waste their time and then I'll say good by and hang up. I feel bad when I have to be rude, but there are times when it is just necessary.
I think what annoys me most are the times where the telemarketer is my BEST friend in the world until I make it clear that I am NOT buying from him/her. When s/he can just say good by and hang up, WHY get 'that tone of voice' and be rude to me? I wasn't rude in the first place and this is one of the reasons why telemarketers have such a bad reputation: They get all pissy when you let them know you are not falling for their sale's pitch. I want to tell them to suck it up and deal with the rejection--sorry to say, but this IS what you signed up for when you took the job. (I DO know that jobs are hard to come by, but it isn't a secret how people feel about telemarketers.) And while I know the majority of people ARE rude, please be happy that there are some, like me, that don't want to be.