What do you do when you receive excessive telemarketing calls?
You sue them!
One Texas man figured out how to be compensated for annoying calls made to him.
Too Many Calls
Dan Graham told KXAN that he once received 24 calls in one day of spam and text messages from insurance companies, car warranty businesses and places offering loan forgiveness he’s also listed his number on the national do not call registry (something 244 million consumers have also done) and the calls continued.
Reportedly, Graham can't afford to not answer unknown numbers because he has two young kids and a wife living in another city and travels for work.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act Isn't Working
Back in 1991, Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in an effort to address unwanted telemarketing calls. It’s designed to restrict telemarketing calls and the use of robocall recorded calls and text messages.
In 2012, the act was revised, and two of the rules were to require telemarketers to obtain prior express written consent before Robocalling and to provide an automated interactive opt-out mechanism during each call, so the telemarketer could stop calling.
He’s Taken Action And Filed Complaints
Reportedly, Graham filed over 2 dozen Better Business Bureau complaints and got nowhere. He also filed 50 small claims cases in Travis County and even more in North Texas.
He Finally Received Settlements From Telemarketing Companies
Graham says that he’s collected about $75,000 in settlements and has received different stories from each consumer he’s sued, he told KXAN:
“We’ve had some that simply say ‘Hey, we don’t really care. We’re gonna keep doing what we want.’ No apology, nothing. We’ve also had another company, this is probably my favorite, we took them to court and they called, their legal counsel called us and said, ‘First of all, thank you. We realize you’re suing us, but we had no idea our marketing affiliates were doing this kind of behavior. We’ve fired them on the spot, we’ve ended the relationship.'”
If you are like Dan and have been getting excessive calls and texts, you may want to follow his actions.
Here's An Astonishing Look At Downtown Chicago For Texans Who Want To Visit
Last week Chicago celebrated its 185th birthday!
Chicago Has A Negative Stereotype
Let's face it, if you pay attention to the news, there is a negative image of Chicago put out by the media.
Of course, I lived in Chicago during President Obama's tenure in office and what made me chuckle every time I would watch the nightly news is reporters would compare the proximity of his house, to the ensuing violence, as if he had something to do with it.
"The shooting occurred just 8 blocks from President Obama's home"
What is highlighted is the violence that occurs in some of the neighborhoods and not the overall city.
Evey U.S. city has violence and killings, so I feel it's my duty to attempt to clean up the image of my hometown for those who may want to visit the nation's third-largest city.
Chicago Has Tons Of Tourists Attractions
Don't let what you read in newspapers and hear and see on TV cloud your image about the Windy City.
There are tons of things to do in Chicago specifically in the downtown area.
You have the Magnificent Mile known for its stores and shopping, thousands of people including tourists frequent the area daily.
There's the infamous Chicago Bean (I still don't know the purpose of that thing), but tourists love it!
There are amazing views along Chicago's lakefront and I think it's one of the few cities that has a beach with sand in its downtown area.
Let's take a look at some things to do in downtown Chicago, should you decide to visit at some point this year.
Remember These? Here Are 10 Great Restaurants We Miss in Temple, Texas
Just the other day I was driving past Clem Mikeska's in Temple for lunch and a memory popped in my head about Wes's Burger Shack More, and the former business that used to have delicious pizza.
I remember going there for lunch just a few years ago and taking my entire hour to take advantage of that pizza buffet! The different variety of pizza stuck out to me. I even remember the game area!
A few weeks ago, we asked listeners on Facebook about restaurants they missed that aren't around anymore in Temple, Texas.
Boy did we receive a great response!
So now it's time to reminisce about old breakfast spots, taco joints, Chinese and Mexican restaurants, and lunchtime favorites we used to frequent in Temple.
Based on your responses here are 10 Great Restaurants We Miss in Temple, Texas.
(Notes from editor Aaron Savage, who grew up in the Temple area and frequented most of these places.)
Wow! What I Saw When I Turned Left Inside Buc-ee's In Temple, Texas [PICS]
As the saying goes... everything's bigger in Texas.
Having said that, I've never seen a gas station with more than 50 gas pumps.
Then I visited Buc-ee's.
What is Buc-ee's?
If you don't know or have never visited the popular one-stop highway shop that has over 35 Texas locations in Texas, you need to!
You can get everything in Buc-ee's from gas, to keychains to candles to brisket to goat milk soap and everything in between.
Buc-ee's Has Expanded
According to their site
, Buc-ee's, not only has multiple locations here in Texas, they have expanded to southern states like Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
The World's Largest Buc-ee's Coming Soon
Later this year, Buc-ee's has plans to open
"The World's Largest Buc-ee's" located in Sevierville, Tennesse. It will have 120 fuel pumps, a 250-foot car wash, and 74,000 square feet of indoor shopping.
I've Never Turned Left
In almost 7 years, I've been here in Texas, I've never turned left when I went inside a Buc-ee's.
I either walk straight to the bathroom or turn right to get water or gummy bears or chocolate almonds. (I get the same thing every time)
But yesterday, I decided to turn left and (I know I'm late) I was mesmerized!
For starters, I never had a reason to turn left.
I've visited the one in Waller County, Bastrop, and the Temple location.
Every time I've visited Buc-ee's, I've never had a reason to go "shopping" always a bathroom break and then back on the road.
So here are some of the cool things I saw when I turned left at Buc-ee's in Temple, Texas!