People Hire Phone Bots to Torture Telemarketers

From a Wall Street Journal story by Robert McMillan headlined “People Hire Phone Bots to Torture Telemarketers”:

“Whitey” Whitebeard answered the phone and a recorded female voice warned that it was his last chance to deal with important changes to his Bank of America account.

“Hello. Talk to me,” Whitebeard said in the gruff voice of an annoyed senior. Within seconds, the call was transferred to Kevin, a real person. “Thank you for calling card services,” Kevin said. “How are you doing today?”

“Huh,” Whitebeard answered, now sounding a little befuddled.