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Just had a cold call.
"Hello, can I speak to Mr BB please?"
Me: "Can I ask who's calling, please?"
Them: "I'm from the National XX charity"
Me (super-smooth polite) "Oh, I'm really sorry, we agree that we only support two charities, we're not interested, sorry".
Them: "Oh, we don't want to take away from any other charities, but I do need to speak to Mr BB".
Me: "I'm his wife, and as I said, we only support two charities, I'm sorry, we're not interested."
Them: "Yes, but we're -"
Me: "I'm sorry, we're not interested, thank you, bye-bye" (she was still trying to waffle at me at this point, and I was in the middle of doing something when they phoned, so I lost patience and hung up).
Is there a "set programme"? Do they just keep going on autopilot? Are they set to "ignore"? Why can't they just accept that I don't want to throw my hard-earned cash over to them (for a good reason, I feel) just on the basis of a phone call? Did they just want to get past hard-nosed b*tch and talk to the nice friendly man?