Earlier today, in common with thousands of other people across the UK, I received a telephone call from a number I didn't recognise.
Usually, if I'm sat near the computer, I quickly Google the incoming number and decide whether or not to answer it. If the number is withheld my default setting is the hit the reject call button. I view the telephone very much as a device for my convenience and no-one else's.
Researching my anonymous caller I came across the Who Phoned Me? website and my curiosity was naturally drawn to comments left about TV Licensing calls. It appears that TV Licensing's unsolicited phone calls, which we have touched on in the past, are about as popular as their unsolicited monthly letters.
Below, for your entertainment, we list some of the critical soundbites people have published in response to TV Licensing's cold calling. This is only one website for reporting cold calls, so it's probably just the tip of the iceberg as far as the complaints go. I have brushed up some of the spelling, but other than that the comments are as posted:
"Receiving repeated blank calls from this number, when I answer having no response. It is extremely irritating and quite worrying as I have no idea who's on the other end."
"Answer to this number and the person on the other line said "fu**ing c**t" then hung up. Nice!"
"Calls from this number are a pest. On returning call no response."
"My TV licence was due for renewal end of June this year... Not paid it yet as paying rip off stealth tax sticks in my throat... Anyway... been getting these calls recently... Coincidence?"
"I refuse to speak to anyone from their call centre after being patronised and insulted last time I spoke to them."
"They are extremely rude and unprofessional with no interest in dealing with anything other than payments."
"My calls were deliberately disconnected by the agent."
Please leave a comment below if you have also experienced woeful service from the TV Licensing call centre.