Why do credit card and phone companies keep insisting on using tele-marketing? I may live in my own little microcosm, but if there was a consensus, everbody hates tele-marketing. We hang up on these people, play mean tricks like play high-pitched signals into the earpiece, or just shout their ears off. IMHO, companies are wasting money hiring people for this practice and wasting our time in doing so. I mean seriously, do companies use some sort of weird f**cked up statistical analysis to justify tele-marketing? Company Jerk #1: "Wow, due to our expansion into tele-marketing, we've upped sales of Product X by 100%!!!" Sorry I had to ask. This is one of several questions that bug me everyday.