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Last night we received a call from the local Saturn dealership asking us if we received their letter informing us how much money us could receive for our Saturn against the purchase of a new one. Happily, my husband fielded the call by saying, "When we want to buy a new Saturn, we will call you." Then he hung up.

I am extremely annoyed that certain companies with whom I have done business choose to use the phone number I have entrusted them with to solicit me in the future. When I provided the service department at the local Saturn dealer with my phone number, I expected to be notified when my vehicle was fixed, not to be annoyed by salemen in my home. When I provided Nations Bank with my phone number, I hoped that they would notify me if there was a problem with my account - not use telemarketers to try to convince me that I NEEDED the services of their financial advisory department.

I withdrew my money from Nations Bank after they had called my house 3 times over the same issue. The woman at the bank seemed bewildered that I would feel so strongly about this issue. I ended up finding a bank with a better interest rate. (Check out )Also, I will have my Saturn serviced but it will no longer be at the local Saturn dealership.

I think that if more people withdrew their business from companies who abuse the priviledge of having our phone numbers, this practice could stop. Then we could all get back to enjoying dinner with our families, uninterupted by rude salesmen who mothers evidently never taught them the meaning of the word, "NO!"

Consumer wanting to be treated with respect, not as a cash cow,
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