Tips for Ditching Telemarketers

The Web site offers a collection of audio clips to help people get off the phone with telemarketers.

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The last word in business brings us to an innovative way to get rid of pesky telemarketers and other unwanted callers.

Go to your computers and type in for some readymade and creative excuses. Put the phone up to the computer and pesky callers will hear audio clips like this one.

(Soundbite of baby crying)

MONTAGNE: At which point, you can say, sorry. I really need to feed my baby, or…

(Soundbite of knocking on door)

MONTAGNE: Sorry, got to run, someone's at the door. Other audio clips on this Web site could cause more confusion.

(Soundbite of cow's moo)

MONTAGNE: Sorry I'm out in the barn with the cows. Or how about this excuse: sorry, my favorite TV show is on.

(Soundbite of song “Gilligan's Island Theme”)

Unidentified Group: (Singing) Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.

MONTAGNE: That of course is the theme from Gilligan's Island. Who cares if it went off the air in 1967, there's still reruns. Plus, it's just an excuse.

This is Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Renee Montage.

STEVE INSKEEP, host: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Unidentified Man #1: This phone call will end in 12 seconds.

Unidentified Man #2: Twelve, eleven, ten, nine - ignition sequence start - six, five, four, three, two, one…

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