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11 September 2018, 13:02
This flautist used to use his instrument as an aural weapon against cold-callers who wouldn’t stop ringing his house phone. Genius.
Flautist Evert Fruitman, who died last year on 5 November after a long and successful career teaching at Arizona State University, had a brilliant method for getting rid of cold-callers.
Evert was on the ‘do not call’ list in Sun City, Arizona, but cold-callers still wouldn’t stop phoning him.
“I don’t like them because I don’t trust them,” he told Joe Ducey on ABC15 Arizona. “Number one, they’re not supposed to call, they’re breaking the law. So that means I can believe anything and everything they tell me? I don’t think so!”
His solution, he tells Ducey, was to interrupt the caller by incessantly playing ‘Ode to Joy’ from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on his flute, until they hung up the phone.
And if the flute method didn’t work, Evert would press the star key on his phone over and over, creating an irritating beeping noise for the cold-caller.
Why didn’t you just hang up?, the interviewer asks him in the video.
He replies: “Well, first I have to answer the phone to see who it is.”