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"We don't give that out."...with an optional 'Sorry' before or after, depending on how polite you're feeling.
You don't have to come up with an explanation that way, and even if you're single, "we" makes it sound more like a set policy (that you might get in trouble for breaking!). If they ask "why?" like Bartleby you can just say "We prefer not to." It's worked for me with no fuss so far.
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When asked for a phone number by Radio Shack or their ilk, I happily comply. Of course, I make no effort to make the phone number that I give them actually be one that gets to me. Or the address, for that matter.
Yeah, I've done that before... outright lied about my phone number. Then there's the time I gave a completely fake name to a real estate agent (in person!) That was pretty funny, actually.
When asked if I will give my phone number I just say no. It hasn't seemed to be a problem yet.
I've had stores respond to a simple 'no' by trying again a couple of times (or by explaining why, assuming I'll then understand and comply), which means I need to say 'no' again (or a different way) and it rapidly ramps up the hassle of it all. This is harder for a typical salescitizen to immediately come up with a counter-attack for, or at least it's worked that way for me.
I almost always say that it is unlisted. Although a lie, it's short, sweet and has never resulted in further inquiry. I've never had a clerk yet say "oh, come on, give it to us anyway."
When asked this question with a weak close - 'Can I have your phone number?' A simple 'nope' always works. I've yet to try out the numerous responses I've thought up and have ready to go if I'm pushed. I'm starting to refuse to give my zip code out now, just for fun.Add a comment...
First Case Of W. Nile Diagnosed [in DC] in 2002 [Washington Post]
West Nile virus can cause flulike symptoms -- high fever and headaches -- and a red rash on the torso. Even in areas where the virus is present, however, fewer than 1 percent of mosquitoes carry it, and fewer than 1 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito become seriously ill, health officials say. Most vulnerable are the elderly and others with weak immune systems.
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