McDonald's telemarketing call for rooms?

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ring ring

'This is a one night's stay'

'Do you have a room available for $50.?

'Do you have a room for tonight?

 

Do you have a room for less than $50?

 

If you do not have a room available for $50 this message will repeat

This call is sponsored by McDonald's.

Yo ... this is Paul from McDonald's dollar menunaire club ... you obviously like to get a lot for a little ....'

that was basically it ... not verbatim

i hung up ... third call in 5 minutes.

 just what i need at 8 in the morning.

 

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I feel a class action lawsuit starting up real soon against this company. 

Within 30 seconds on their website any idiot can send out phone solicitations to thousands of businesses in one shot, at no cost!!! 

http://www.heycosmo.com/myconcierge/myconcierge_myconcierge.php

I've never heard of anything so annoying being offered as a service in my life.

Arsenal Interactive, Inc.
2672 Bayshore Parkway
Suite 808
Mountain View, CA 94043

Telephone: 650 282-2900
Email: support@heycosmo.com

How long is it going to take the sponsor companies to realize that this service will bring them no good will?  Smart companies will realize it immediately...unfortunately stupid companies will keep HeyCosmo afloat for a few annoying years until legal action is taken to shut them down.

 

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Did you see some of the other stuff on their website?  Prankster?  As if there aren't enough idiots in the world, now we are going to automate their dirty work for them.

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Yep, it is a very scary notion.  I have to think someone would shut them down.  You can't enable and encourage that kind of crap.

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so i received a reply from mcdonald's corp that they view these phone calls as a very serious matter etc etc and are looking into the situation blahblahblah ... haha ... i figured noise from mickeyd's would be much more effective than noise from me ... so far today, no calls from heycosmo or whoever the heck it is  ... fingers crossed. 

 

 

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Apparently they have a series of different recorded messages depending on who they call. Some people are getting a message saying they are scheduled for a manicure or pedicure (press one to confirm and then they get a completely different message). Others say it's to schedule a limo ride.

Everyone said it totally creeped them out.

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It is NOT mcdonalds, but you all know that already.

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the whole message repeats twice. then at the end they say ... ''Deliver your messages and get a confirmation in 60 seconds or less. Guaranteed.  by Heycosmo.com"  it's paul from McDonalds dollar menunaire - which is associated with McDonalds

i emailed heycosmo to ask what this is all about and why they are sending these messages to us.  i also emailed mcdonalds about it.  three more calls this afternoon.

i am guessing it is a stupid promotion by heycosmo .... i can't imagine what else it is.

soooooo annoying and time wasting.

 

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I just don't answer the phone. Or  if I do and no one speaks within one second of my hello. HANG UP. 

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Well - you can't tell it's not a legitimate number, and those of us not in retirement still need to answer the phone under those conditions.  There's no delay like with the auto-dials.

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We are getting the stupid phone calls like this on our second phone line which we use for the cc machine, fax, and well...a second line.  There's an answering machine on it.  The message says, "This is a fax line, don't leave a message."  I delete them.  Our inn phone number started out as a personal line so was on the DNC list.  I'm dreading the inevitable....

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Samster wrote:

We are getting the stupid phone calls like this on our second phone line which we use for the cc machine, fax, and well...a second line.  There's an answering machine on it.  The message says, "This is a fax line, don't leave a message."  I delete them.  Our inn phone number started out as a personal line so was on the DNC list.  I'm dreading the inevitable....


The exact reason we got rid of the fax 4 years ago.  It was useless to us as they would send spam to it on 10 to 20 pages worth every day.

We did not need a second phone line nor a fax.  We did not need lines in the rooms for guests we have wi fi.  We updated and got rid of so much 'outdated and old' technology.  Funny thing was the po's had the guests use the internet on the MAIN PHONE LINE!  DUH!

We had the voip for 4 years and even got rid of that now, we can use cell phones and have caller id on the main line.  Since we have good cell coverage here.

KISS applies to our lives.  Sometimes it just takes a while to get there.

This is why I wish I had a month to visit others on this forum to see how they do things - in person.   I skim and things are not always disclosed on here either, so in person I could really glean.  I learn alot from everyone here.  I do thing MUCH differently now than when I first started out.  Books - bah humbug.

Do they tell you in books to keep guest rooms locked when not in use? Nawwww, someone might want to see one.  SO WHAT, you can go and unlock it for them, not let them wander around in other cleaned rooms (doing who knows what) which HAS OFFICIALLY happened here to us, which is why we keep them all locked, now and forever. 

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JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:

Samster wrote:

We are getting the stupid phone calls like this on our second phone line which we use for the cc machine, fax, and well...a second line.  There's an answering machine on it.  The message says, "This is a fax line, don't leave a message."  I delete them.  Our inn phone number started out as a personal line so was on the DNC list.  I'm dreading the inevitable....


The exact reason we got rid of the fax 4 years ago.  It was useless to us as they would send spam to it on 10 to 20 pages worth every day.

We did not need a second phone line nor a fax.  We did not need lines in the rooms for guests we have wi fi.  We updated and got rid of so much 'outdated and old' technology.  Funny thing was the po's had the guests use the internet on the MAIN PHONE LINE!  DUH!

We had the voip for 4 years and even got rid of that now, we can use cell phones and have caller id on the main line.  Since we have good cell coverage here.

KISS applies to our lives.  Sometimes it just takes a while to get there.

This is why I wish I had a month to visit others on this forum to see how they do things - in person.   I skim and things are not always disclosed on here either, so in person I could really glean.  I learn alot from everyone here.  I do thing MUCH differently now than when I first started out.  Books - bah humbug.

Do they tell you in books to keep guest rooms locked when not in use? Nawwww, someone might want to see one.  SO WHAT, you can go and unlock it for them, not let them wander around in other cleaned rooms (doing who knows what) which HAS OFFICIALLY happened here to us, which is why we keep them all locked, now and forever. 

Come visit...all will be revealed...

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Bree wrote:

JunieBJones (JBJ) wrote:

Samster wrote:

We are getting the stupid phone calls like this on our second phone line which we use for the cc machine, fax, and well...a second line.  There's an answering machine on it.  The message says, "This is a fax line, don't leave a message."  I delete them.  Our inn phone number started out as a personal line so was on the DNC list.  I'm dreading the inevitable....


The exact reason we got rid of the fax 4 years ago.  It was useless to us as they would send spam to it on 10 to 20 pages worth every day.

We did not need a second phone line nor a fax.  We did not need lines in the rooms for guests we have wi fi.  We updated and got rid of so much 'outdated and old' technology.  Funny thing was the po's had the guests use the internet on the MAIN PHONE LINE!  DUH!

We had the voip for 4 years and even got rid of that now, we can use cell phones and have caller id on the main line.  Since we have good cell coverage here.

KISS applies to our lives.  Sometimes it just takes a while to get there.

This is why I wish I had a month to visit others on this forum to see how they do things - in person.   I skim and things are not always disclosed on here either, so in person I could really glean.  I learn alot from everyone here.  I do thing MUCH differently now than when I first started out.  Books - bah humbug.

Do they tell you in books to keep guest rooms locked when not in use? Nawwww, someone might want to see one.  SO WHAT, you can go and unlock it for them, not let them wander around in other cleaned rooms (doing who knows what) which HAS OFFICIALLY happened here to us, which is why we keep them all locked, now and forever. 

Come visit...all will be revealed...

I AM SCARED.  

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Someday when the decrapification is pretty much completed, my bedroom & bath are painted and I have a decent comforter set in there, I'll even let visiting innkeepers in our private space.  Right now it is off limits to EVERYONE but us.  Talk about scary!   Haha!

Because the dh works full-time in another job and the bookings have not been coming in, he's gotten complacent.  Guests are coming in this afternoon & he has a tub faucet to replace in the hall bath (the shower diverter was broken by other guests).  I am nagging him right now to get it done. 

See how it is around here???  Ack!!

 

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Samster wrote:

Someday when the decrapification is pretty much completed, my bedroom & bath are painted and I have a decent comforter set in there, I'll even let visiting innkeepers in our private space.  Right now it is off limits to EVERYONE but us.  Talk about scary!   Haha!

Because the dh works full-time in another job and the bookings have not been coming in, he's gotten complacent.  Guests are coming in this afternoon & he has a tub faucet to replace in the hall bath (the shower diverter was broken by other guests).  I am nagging him right now to get it done. 

See how it is around here???  Ack!!

 

When our Maryland guests arrived yesterday I welcomed them to the B&B and said "Please excuse the man in your bathroom." 

??

People might not get my sense of humor, but I told them it was DH replacing a bulb in the exhaust light/fan.  OH, they said. 

Well I am not about to give a long story about anything, they traveled for a long time are tired and incoherent, like almost all our guests at check in.  I didn't want them to get startled as I took them up.

I heard them ON THE PORCH when I said NOW! DO IT NOW!! HERE THEY COME!

That is pretty much standard operating procedure for us.

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catlady wrote:

I just don't answer the phone. Or  if I do and no one speaks within one second of my hello. HANG UP. 

They leave messages now.  That was how I got mine, I just deleted it. 

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got the mcdonalds on my voice mail today as well.

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The other catch is the registry only applies to telemarketers based in the US.  Technically, telemarketers from other countries aren't supposed to call either, but since they aren't under US jurisdiction, many companies are using call centers based in India and the Phillipines which have large English speaking populations to get around this provision.  I actually don't understand telemarketing.  Has anyone ever purchased anything from a telemarketing call? It's annoying, but it can't be cost  effective either.

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I agree.  I don't know how telemarketers stay in business other than by relying on that "sucker born every minute" concept.  I think the law really ought to be that it is illegal to buy from a telemarketer or spammer. 

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IvyLee wrote:

The other catch is the registry only applies to telemarketers based in the US.  Technically, telemarketers from other countries aren't supposed to call either, but since they aren't under US jurisdiction, many companies are using call centers based in India and the Phillipines which have large English speaking populations to get around this provision.  I actually don't understand telemarketing.  Has anyone ever purchased anything from a telemarketing call? It's annoying, but it can't be cost  effective either.

It has to work.  Just like ads, people say they don't look at them, but SOMEONE IS LOOKING AT THEM, Some poor soul is being taken by telemarketers as we get so many calls and they are relentless!

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If you haven't, put your number on the national DO NOT CALL list.

To register your number, go to :  https://www.donotcall.gov/     It makes it illegal for them to call you.

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It will not work for long for a business line.

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Can I register my business phone number or a fax number?

The National Do Not Call Registry is only for personal phone numbers. Business-to-business calls and faxes are not covered by the National Do Not Call Registry

Once you list your phone number as a business number in the phone book or put it on your website, the window of being protected by the Do not call registry starts to close.  

Though I do recommend putting your business number on the do not call registry as some less annoying companies will still respect it...but the truly annoying ones don't.  Sad

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ProudTexan wrote:

If you haven't, put your number on the national DO NOT CALL list.

To register your number, go to :  https://www.donotcall.gov/     It makes it illegal for them to call you.

Keep in mind that business phone numbers are exempt from being placed on the DNC registry. Mine is on there but I don't have a leg to stand on in complaining. The next round of legislation SHOULD cover these 'robo' calls from automated dialers with a recorded message. SHOULD, but don't count on it.

The other issue is the telemarketers are on the cutting edge of telephony. They use features like routing the calls thru 'dead' phone numbers. You can complain all you want, but the phone number isn't in service and no phone company is going to do the trace required to stop the calls because they make money on every call.

It's a pain in the patoot. And I get the same calls, slight variations for home and business all day long on 2 numbers that are both listed on the DNC and have been since I moved here 4 years ago.

I am lucky to live in a 'low population' state so we don't get hit as hard as places like FL, AZ, TX & CA (and VA).

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ProudTexan wrote:

If you haven't, put your number on the national DO NOT CALL list.

To register your number, go to :  https://www.donotcall.gov/     It makes it illegal for them to call you.

HA HA HA!!! FALLING OFF MY CHAIR WITH LAUGHTER!

Every time someone posts that like DUH!!! No kidding.  I get call after call, we are on the Do not call registry always have been.

 

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There is no call to be insulting. Not everyone is as enlightened as you. 

The registry has certainly worked for us.

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ProudTexan wrote:

There is no call to be insulting. Not everyone is as enlightened as you. 

The registry has certainly worked for us.

Not trying to be insulting, neither were you, just stating we are on it, have been on it, and get call after call.  Unfortunately, being a business.  They have their #'s blocked on caller id so you cannot even report them properly, when you ask about the company they hang up on you.

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We got that same call at 7 AM. Not a happy camper.

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I had yellow pages caller from India this morning so far.  GO AWAY EVIL TELEMARKETERS!!!!

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Just had one of those this morning for the first time.  From some service called hey cosmo which, upon further investigation, seems to be a very, very bad use of internet capabilities which will drive us all crazy.

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yep,me too. BUT I had already read these posts so knew it was a scam. just hung up.

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unbelieveable

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