As many of you know, a great deal of telephone solicitation is enacted from India where labor is relatively cheap. Knowing this, I had this conversation with a marketer just a few minutes ago:
Them: How are you, sir?
Me: That depends on who you are, doesn't it?
Them: My name is Heather. I'm calling from xxxxxxx and your phone number has been selected to receive a free wireless telephone. May I offer you a wireless mobile phone plan?
Me: What is your name?
Them: My name is Heather.
Me: Heather, is your last name Khan or Singh?
Them: I'm sorry?
Me: I can't do business with you unless you are a Brahmin. If you're a Dalit, I shouldn't even be talking to you.
I hung up at that point. I figure, if they're going to keep calling me, I'm going to find the shortest path between point A and hurt feelings at point B to stop them from calling. I've ignored the last two phone calls, whch I imagine are from an angry manager demanding to know why I discriminate based on caste. That's only illegal in India and not anywhere else, if I recall correctly.