OPINION: The women in my family have a long-standing record of bizarre telemarketer encounters.
As a teenager, I once had a lengthy discussion with a perfectly pleasant Indian woman about our lives, argued with a man attempting to commit a Microsoft software scam, blew a whistle into the phone and made angry cat-like noises at a man who wouldn't stop talking.
My aunty once called the police because after things got heated (not in a good way), an overseas telemarketer told her he was going to have sex with her daughter.
Mum seems to always attract angry telemarketing callers.
She was recently called the name used for a female dog and told angrily by another telemarketer that all Australians do is have sex all day.
I know first-hand how good mum and aunty are at arguing but I still feel the reactions were extreme.
Obviously many telemarketers are professionals but their reputation seems abysmal in this country.
There is a way to avoid these conversations and save time and pointless frustration.
Register on the Do Not Call Australian Government website.
Once your numbers are listed on the register, telemarketers and fax marketers must not contact you.