My Mother, between her declining hearing and difficulty communicating & understanding what's said, never answers the phone.
Due to her (and my Father's) age, she gets a huge number of marketing calls. (Trust me, the number is on the Do Not Call list.) Most are the particularly annoying-- computers, but occasionally I get a live someone who asks for . . .
Mr. So and So
I thoroughly enjoy bluntly responding . . .
You can't say "passed away," they don't necessarily notice what you have said as they launch into their spiel.
that gets their attention!
sometimes it's . . .
Ahhh, ummm, so sorry. click
Oh, I'll take him right off the list. click
We do steam cleannnn . . . ahhh, oh click
or my favorite . . .
Lately I've been putting it on speaker for Mom to enjoy too. Even the Republicans are starting to get on her life long Republican nerves!