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Have you ever received phone calls from telemarketers trying to sell you something? If so, what was the product or service that was being advertised?
"do something until someone is blue in the face" = do something a lot without achieving your goal
"Listen. You can talk to me about the product until you're blue in the face, but I still won't buy it."
"one-track mind" = always thinking about one specific think
"Telemarketers only have a one-track mind: money, money, and more money. They never think about what customers really need."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Telemarketer: Good evening, Sir. Is this Mr. Charles Philips?
Telemarketer: No, no, actually . . . Mr. Jones. [Huh?] Oh, sorry. That was the last guy. [Ah, great.] Uh, we want to offer you a free trial membership to our sports club downtown at the introductory price of $39.95 . . .
Telemarketer: Well, it includes unlimited access to all our facilities, including the gym, weight room, racquetball courts, and swimming pool.
Man: Again, I'm not interested. I have my own fitness program I do around the house anyway.
Do you feel there should be laws that restrict the hours when telemarketers can call people at home? What do you think of companies that sell your personal information, including your home phone number, to other companies for business (sales) purposes?