I answered the phone. “Hello?” I said.
A faint click. I knew what was coming.
“Hello,” said the voice. “Can I please speak to … ” Slight pause.
“I'm sorry, but … ” Slight pause. “Rob Summers … ” Slight pause.
“is not here right now. Can I take a message?”
“No, that's okay. I'll call back at a better time.” Click.
This is the second time I've added a pause around the name of the
requested person and it really seems to unnerve the telemarketers.
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