Pearls of wisdom from an octogenarian who’s seen it all…
There is no way this ‘elderly lady’ is going to be buying anything on the telephone. Which means I need to have developed coping strategies.
I have three:
Sometimes I just take the phone outside and leave it in the garden. I pick it up later.
Sometimes I blow a very loud whistle I happen to possess in close proximity to the phone.
Or if I am feeling particularly sadistic I play along – confusedly dim. Until they want money when I sweetly say my son has power of attorney and he will call them when he is finished in court…