Tampa Bay voters outraged after early morning robocall

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Outraged voters are letting their anger be heard on social media after getting a political robocall in the early morning hours of Sunday morning.

“I just got at 4:39 a.m.,” said viewer David Harris.

“When the phone rings at 4 a.m. in my house, I assume someone is dead and my PTSD triggers. Not only should someone lose their job over this, but there should be legal action,” added Harris.

The calls came from the Drug-Free Florida Coalition which is behind the promotion of the “Vote No on 2”, pushing voters to vote against medical marijuana legislation. The group took to its Facebook and Twitter page to apologize Sunday:

“Our sincerest apologies to those voters who inadvertently received a recorded call during the early morning hours on Sunday. It was not our intention to have those calls made at that hour. These calls were supposed to be made starting in the early PM and were mistakenly sent in the early AM. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”

However, it wasn’t enough for the dozens who received the early morning calls.

“This woke us at 4 a.m. Too bad for this fearmongering group–we already voted Yes and so did everybody we know! I hope their rich donors pay a big fine,” said one voter.

Another wrote, “at 3:39 a.m. our phone rang and getting a call at that time makes you worried immediately that something is wrong with your 94-year-old dad. It was extremely careless and inconsiderate!!”

Some came to the group’s defense writing: “People, relax it was a mistake. They apologized. The mistake sounds logical. See everyone is so flipping thin skinned!! Vote NO on 2.”

Political calls are excluded from Do Not Call rules. When you register or re-register to vote, don’t give your contact information. Only your street address is required by law.

Coming up at 5:30 on News Channel 8 we speak with a telemarketing attorney about if the group faces any punishment.

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