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CyberLurch
02-21-2016, 01:28 AM
This took place a few years ago. I was reminded of it by a similar incident recently.

A little information is needed to understand what was taking place. See, I worked in a town where there were two very similar telephone exchanges that were geographically adjacent. This resulted in a lot of misdialed numbers, because people trying to call a number like 857-1234 might instead dial 859-1234 by accident, or vice-versa.

I’m sure you can see where this is headed.

The woman came into the shop to complain that she’d been getting a large number of misdialed calls intended for us. I listened to her complaint, sympathized with her situation, but told her that I didn’t have control over how others dialed their phones. There was nothing I could realistically do.

She had a suggestion. Unfortunately for her, it wasn’t founded in reality. Her idea was that the shop should change its phone number.

I began to explain why that wasn’t really a viable option, but before I could get out two sentences, she waved her hand in a dismissive gesture and told me she didn’t care about how difficult it was, I should just ‘get it done.’

I had to tell her that I was very sorry, but no.

“You don’t understand,” she said. “I’ve had my number for 20-odd years.”

I replied that it still WAS her number. Nobody was trying to take over her phone number.

“But I keep getting these calls! You have to do something!”

I told her, again, that there was nothing I could do. Misdialed calls have been a fact of life since direct dialing went live, and I don’t see it changing any time soon.

“I already told you how to fix this! Are you thick or something?!” She was getting shrill and bitchy now.

Once more, I told her that I could not change the shop’s phone number. Simple as that.

“You’re going to change your number,” she told me. “You’re going to call the telephone company and do it now.”

Once more, “No.”. I followed this with an invitation to leave, which prompted a string of expletives that could probably curdle milk. Finally, after about four or five minutes of her rage-fueled tirade, she made a threat to sue us, and stalked out

Yeah, sure, lady. I didn’t pick the shop’s number, the telephone company assigned it to us. Even if we changed our number, it wouldn’t do you damn bit of good, because guess what? All the telephone books, ads, fliers, etc. will still be in circulation for quite some time to come. Not to mention I’d have to change all the signage, invoices, business cards, post new ads and so forth. I’m not about to throw thousands of dollars spent on advertising and so forth down the drain, and then spend more to fix something that isn’t my fault. Sometimes life just hands you a bad situation for which there is no real solution, and you have to cope with it the best you can. Deal with it.

Teefies2
02-21-2016, 06:36 AM
I can sooooo sympathize. My phone number is one ONE digit different than the police <sigh>

You can imagine .....

Racket_Man
02-21-2016, 09:50 AM
I can sooooo sympathize. My phone number is one ONE digit different than the police <sigh>

You can imagine .....

My phone number in college was one digit different from one of the local hospitals

EricKei
02-21-2016, 11:31 AM
At the old pizza place, if numbers were too close and someone complained enough, the franchise owner would just offer them a bribe...*ahem* excuse me, and inconvenience fee... to transfer their number to us -- I wanna say the going rate was $3,500 -- Thus, any given store had a) its intended, catchy, easy-to-remember number, b) another 5-7 lines for the extra phones and the FAX, c) anywhere from 2 to 12 purchased numbers that all redirected to us. We almost NEVER got any phone calls from people seeking the prior owners of those numbers.

bainsidhe
02-21-2016, 03:36 PM
I used to work with someone whose phone number was a digit removed from the local *big retail store*. They took it in stride, unless someone got nasty about it or just wouldn't understand they dialed the wrong number. One day after telling someone twice they had the wrong number, former coworker lied and told them the item they were looking for was on super special sale that day. I felt bad for whichever employee had to deal with that idiot. :blink:

eltf177
02-21-2016, 04:47 PM
I would have just told them it's not in stock and no longer being carried.

I can understand the frustration but it's not the pizza parlor's fault - talk to the phone company about getting YOUR number changed if it's that much of a problem...

kaherbert
02-21-2016, 05:43 PM
I used to have this problem 2x over

Realtor - Our number was 1 digit different. People would get the number off their sign as they drove past a house for sale. We gave the the correct number - except one time the person apologized and took the number.

One day I got a near hysterical call for my mom. According to her (she had had mini strokes) my computer was getting on line and calling the house and driving her crazy. I told my boss and he let me go home. Sure enough when I got home the phone would ring and when you picked up you got a sound like when the computer was using dial up. I hung up and quickly called the realtor and told them someone had been faxing our house for hours. The person who answered was very nice and said they would post a note by the Fax and e-mail the staff so if someone was expecting a fax they could contact the sender. I called the doctor's office and they acted like a put upon 6 yo but claimed no one would fax them.

Then I called the phone company to see if they could help. The representative was very helpful. She told us to dial 9876543210# and it would stop the autoredail and hopefully the sender would check the number.

I hung up and when the phone rang I followed the instructions. A few minutes later I got an irate phone call from a different realtor including threats of suing me

Our number was one digit different than a Realtor and one digit different from a Dentist.

The Realtor's customers were polite and took the corrected number. They often had copied it in haste from a sign in front of a house for sale.

One time it was another realtor who left their fax machine on autodial for hours. We tried contacting the Realtor and Dentist but they weren't missing a fax. Then I called the phone company to see what we could do. They suggested punching in 9876543210# to the fax signal. It would knock the autodialer off line.

We did and got an irate caller from the realtor who was doing the faxing. He cursed me out and said he would sue me if his client lost the house he was trying to bid on. I told him flattly that I would testify for his client to sue him because he had been faxing a private house for HOURS. Then I gave him the number. Talked to the realtor later apparently he was quiet contrite when he contacted them.

The Dentist office was more difficult. We got calls almost daily from distressed patients. They insisted they were looking at the appointment card and dialing the correct number. One time it was an hysterical mom, whose child had an accident and knocked out an adult tooth. I gave her first aid instructions, got her to calm down, and gave her the correct number. We tried calling the office and telling them their patients were confused and got told off. We tried to pass on messages from distressed patients got told off. They wouldn't let us speak to the Dentist. Finally my Dad had enough and made an appointment. When he got there he had a word with the Dentist - they pulled the appointment cards. They were in a fancy font - the receptionist had designed them. The problem was the top of the 6 came so far down it looked like an 8 especially to an person with any vision problems. (most of the distressed patients sounded older or were obviously upset). The Dentist made his staff rewrite the number on the card, until they could be replaced with a clearer less fancy style.

RealUnimportant
02-21-2016, 06:50 PM
I can sooooo sympathize. My phone number is one ONE digit different than the police <sigh>

You can imagine .....
https://deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/homerthegreat10.png

Back a while, a hotel must have either had a misprint or a new number, because we started getting a lot of insistent callers trying to book or change reservations. It got to the point where we just took the bookings, because at 11pm we just wanted to get off the phone & go to sleep... Tried alerting the hotel, but couldn't find any that had a number even remotely like ours! Then after a few months it ended as quickly as it had begun. :rolleyes:

EricKei
02-21-2016, 06:55 PM
RUI -- Probably an advertisement with a bad number in it.

notalwaysright
02-21-2016, 07:02 PM
My parents had an 800 number for their business, in addition to their regular local number. They had this for years, then one year around this time of year we started getting wrong numbers. We'd answer the phone our usual "Good morning, Roofing Co, how can I help you?" And get what was essentially angry gibberish. "I did my taxes and used the free version and you're charging me this is theft I used the FREE VERSION why am I being charged?!?"

Soooooo, a popular online tax preparation site accidentally put our 800 number in the information you see on your credit card statement. But (as far as we could tell) it was only on a limited number of statements, possibly in one geographic area? We're not sure, but quite a lot of the people had heavy accents, so we spent a while trying to understand them. Anyone ever tried to call a company like this to alert them to a misprint? It. Is. Impossible. One time we got through to someone who apologized an promised to send a check for our inconvenience, which obviously was a lie.

Know what we did? Cancelled that 800 number. It was horrible and funny at the same time. I mean, I clearly answered the phone with the roofing company name and they'd launch into a tirade without taking a breath. Did they really not wonder about the lack of a phone tree? No, of course not, my bad. :p

MoonCat
02-22-2016, 11:57 PM
We used to get a lot of misdials at work. One was a dept store. One was Firemen's Fund. Another was our 800 # somehow being mistaken for, I kid you not, the Grateful Dead hotline.

dalesys
02-23-2016, 12:18 AM
... our 800 # somehow being mistaken for, I kid you not, the Grateful Dead hotline.
Me too I ate one sour too.

KellyHabersham
02-25-2016, 06:33 PM
I think I've mentioned this on here before, but a few years ago, my cell phone number somehow got listed as contact info for the parents of "Wyatt", in relation to medical issues.

After receiving a few voice-mails from some medical clinic, I called them back to let them know they had the wrong number, and the woman whom I spoke to seemed a bit annoyed with me, like she thought I was trying to fish for info on "Wyatt" or his parents.

notalwaysright
02-25-2016, 08:04 PM
After receiving a few voice-mails from some medical clinic, I called them back to let them know they had the wrong number, and the woman whom I spoke to seemed a bit annoyed with me, like she thought I was trying to fish for info on "Wyatt" or his parents.

I had something similar. When I called the doctor's office, the person said that whoever called me was the day staff, and she was the night staff, and didn't have any of that information. I asked if she couldn't leave a message or note for the daytime staff. She couldn't, and told me to call during the day. I considered the idea that I had actually gotten an after-hours answering service, instead of the physical office, but wouldn't she have said that? I was a little cranky, and just started deleting the messages until eventually they stopped.

WishfulSpirit
02-26-2016, 05:18 AM
My childhood phone number was one off from a podiatrist's clinic. The old ladies with bad feet were awful. They REFUSED to believe I knew that I was at home, asking if I was "sure" they had the wrong number. I guess they expected me to say "oh my <expletive>, I'm at home, but I've been living in a doctor's office without knowing it!" One of them demanded to know how she'd misdailed. I don't know the foot doctor's number, I have no fracking idea.

blondescales
02-26-2016, 02:16 PM
I can sooooo sympathize. My phone number is one ONE digit different than the police <sigh>

You can imagine .....

I understand this completely. We get calls all the time for the sheriff's office because people switch two numbers around.

Kanalah
02-26-2016, 03:11 PM
One time we had a man named "Tyrone" leave a long-winded message on my mom's answering machine. This was in the 90's and being a single mom - my grandfather did the message.

This guy apparently thought he was calling his "main bitch" and how dare she change her machine message to some other dude, and he was sorry for beating her, but he was drunk and she deserved it.

Luckily we only had the one crazy message.

There was a time I had a series of texts from someone on the opposite side of town trying to set up a drug deal. "Can I just leave the money behind the dumpster at Sonic?" "Why aren't you answering, I need the stuff, man." And then they tried to call me repeatedly.

NoRedCards
02-26-2016, 06:35 PM
Years ago, the phone company misprinted the name of a fairly busy local construction company with their number. They would be nice, and tell people the correct number to the construction company. Until the day the construction company demanded that they change their phone number so they could have it. Not asked, not discussed, just demanded. Funny, after that nobody knew what the company's number was. My parents had the number for over 30 years at that point, it wasn't about to get changed.

Personally, I had a work number that was close to a local pizza place, but took some effort to misdial (My number was 4442, theirs was 5552). A couple people I passed along the correct number. Most are still waiting for the order I took.......

KellyHabersham
02-26-2016, 10:38 PM
I had something similar. When I called the doctor's office, the person said that whoever called me was the day staff, and she was the night staff, and didn't have any of that information. I asked if she couldn't leave a message or note for the daytime staff. She couldn't, and told me to call during the day. I considered the idea that I had actually gotten an after-hours answering service, instead of the physical office, but wouldn't she have said that? I was a little cranky, and just started deleting the messages until eventually they stopped.

That might've been the case with the woman whom I had spoken to. All I know is that the only way I stopped getting calls for "Wyatt's" parents is when a collection agency started calling, and they were a lot nicer about the wrong number issue.

notalwaysright
02-26-2016, 11:43 PM
That might've been the case with the woman whom I had spoken to. All I know is that the only way I stopped getting calls for "Wyatt's" parents is when a collection agency started calling, and they were a lot nicer about the wrong number issue.

I realize I might have sounded slightly childish like, "but I don't wanna call during the day!" But the lady on the phone was so... confused to the point of uselessness. It took like three tries to explain why I was calling. Then when she understood, she implied that since she had not personally made the original wrong number call, it wasn't her problem. If it had been an answering service, I would have been much more understanding and probably tried to call earlier in the day. It's not like I was calling at night, either. It was late afternoon.

I didn't get any collection agency calls, but I believe the last message I got started with "this message is for *Wrong Person* and your test results are in..."

EricKei
02-27-2016, 12:37 AM
If you get anything medically related (for someone else) just remember the magic word: "HIPAA" ... more to the point, "This is a wrong number. By leaving sensitive information with me, you risk committing a HIPAA violation."

Dreamstalker
03-03-2016, 05:24 PM
Occasionally I'll be the recipient of some probably-drunk texting (the last round was fairly...explicit). Got one yesterday (from the sender of the sext-message) wanting to know if "Raj" was free for dinner this weekend. So someone is either too dumb to know they're misdialing, or someone's actually giving out my number.

I tried a reverse lookup on the number that was texting me, but the free services are useless.

Nunavut Pants
03-03-2016, 06:51 PM
I had someone text me repeatedly, asking why I was ignoring him, baby, after meeting last night... Yeah, I think some girl gave a creep my number as a brush-off.

I had someone text and call my phone repeatedly from somewhere in the Philipines! I don't speak Tagalog, and couldn't seem to make them understand that they had the wrong number. At least, not until I started swearing at them...

Kogarashi
03-04-2016, 04:59 AM
I tend to only get the wrong numbers when I first change my own number upon moving to a new area (hasn't happened here yet because I kept my upstate NY number when we moved to GA). The most annoying was a constant string of voicemails (I never seemed to be near my phone when they called) for some guy with an Hispanic name (my name is both female and English in origin), constantly reminding him of bills he needed to pay or asking him to call to talk about an account. Despite making sure my voicemail clearly stated who I was and that the number belonged to a private cell phone, the calls kept coming for two months straight. I can't recall if I finally managed to answer the phone when they called and explained that "Hernando" wasn't there, or they finally gave up or something.

Nunavut Pants
03-04-2016, 05:53 PM
I once had something like that, but in person!

I was getting out of the shower, when I heard knocking on my front door. I told the person to wait a minute, and toweled off and got some pants on. I answered the door, and it was a couple of US Marshals. Turned out they were looking for a previous tenant in the house, who had evidently been doing some Very Bad Things (in addition to trashing the place so it had been almost completely remodeled when we moved in). I told them I had no idea who they were or where they had gone, and that I had lived in the house for three or four years...

That was one of the most curious things that happened while I was in there.

mathnerd
03-05-2016, 07:07 AM
I once had something like that, but in person!

I was getting out of the shower, when I heard knocking on my front door. I told the person to wait a minute, and toweled off and got some pants on. I answered the door, and it was a couple of US Marshals. Turned out they were looking for a previous tenant in the house, who had evidently been doing some Very Bad Things (in addition to trashing the place so it had been almost completely remodeled when we moved in). I told them I had no idea who they were or where they had gone, and that I had lived in the house for three or four years...

That was one of the most curious things that happened while I was in there.

Hey, a US Marshal shows up regularly at my house, and actually just left a couple minutes ago. Of course, said marshal is the father of my middle son's girlfriend and is usually dropping off my kid or picking up his kid.

As for wrong numbers, I have a few.

-The numbers for the non emergency police and a funeral home were both just one digit off from my parents' number. My parents' number was something like 2323, the police was 2223 and the funeral home was 2322. They got a lot of distressed phone calls, but they've had that number since phone numbers expanded to 7 digits so they just dealt with it. They still have that number. It got worse when ten digit dialing, plus multiple area codes went into affect for the same metropolitan area. People were resisting the new area code so one of the major hospitals agreed to switch over to the new one. One of the hundreds of numbers they had was the same last 7 digits but with the new area code.

-I got a new phone when I moved two years ago. The old owner of that number was apparently still actively giving it out. I got calls from doctors, lawyers, friends, church groups, her pharmacy, car service shop and many, many others. I tried to tell them that they had a wrong number. Only the hospital responded positively. One of the doctors did to at first, but when the calls kept coming they said that she confirmed it was her number and there was nothing they could do. I called bs and told them there was a case for harassment here, along with hipaa violations and they still didn't get it. I really should have documented all the messages from all the various sources. I knew more about her medical history than I do my own mother. After a year I gave up and changed my own number.

BPFH
03-07-2016, 01:54 PM
I was getting out of the shower, when I heard knocking on my front door. I told the person to wait a minute, and toweled off and got some pants on. I answered the door, and it was a couple of US Marshals.

In my case it was three gentlemen from the Illinois State Police. They knocked on the door of my dorm room one morning while I was studying. Looking for someone else, apparently all they had was the address...

Dreamstalker
03-07-2016, 04:56 PM
Occasionally I'll get voicemails from a dispatcher for The Ride (taxi service for elderly and disabled run by the MBTA) telling me "your ride is downstairs/out front". Not at our address...nobody in my household uses it anyway. I've called them back and told whoever (they never leave a name) that they have the wrong number, but that doesn't seem to help :shrug: The kicker is, my name is on my outgoing message. They still left a message for [name nowhere close to mine in any way].

CrazedClerkthe2nd
03-07-2016, 08:05 PM
I used to have a number close to that of a Pizza Place. I started taking orders. Pizza Place changed their number not long after.

MadMike
03-08-2016, 03:44 AM
The kicker is, my name is on my outgoing message. They still left a message for [name nowhere close to mine in any way].

Yeah, people don't listen. When I was in my old apartment in the city, I started getting calls for people I never heard of. And I lived alone, so there was no reason for anyone to call for anyone other than me. I'd come home from work and find messages for other people, despite my outgoing message stating my name (i.e. "Hi this is Mike...") I tried changing it to something like, "If you're calling for Mike, leave a message. If you're calling for anyone else, you have the wrong number." I'd like to say that put a stop to it, but I'd be lying.

Android Kaeli
03-08-2016, 02:13 PM
Ever since I got my new cell phone I've been getting weird texts and calls from random people, doesn't happen a lot though and if the number wasn't already programmed in, I didn't answer it. One message was a call for a "Denise" and it had been someone from HR with [Retail Company], asking to call them back about some matter or something. I deleted it, felt sorry for "Denise" though.

Did get a few text messages from a guy named "Chris" -- I know a couple of Chris's but none of them have my cell number.

bhskittykatt
03-08-2016, 06:04 PM
I once had something like that, but in person!

I was getting out of the shower, when I heard knocking on my front door. I told the person to wait a minute, and toweled off and got some pants on. I answered the door, and it was a couple of US Marshals. Turned out they were looking for a previous tenant in the house, who had evidently been doing some Very Bad Things (in addition to trashing the place so it had been almost completely remodeled when we moved in).

Better US Marshalls than what I got. About a month after moving in here, it was 1 AM, and this sketchy-looking guy with meth mouth was knocking on our door looking for "Tiny Tim". When informed that there was no "Tiny Tim" living here, the guy started pestering me wanting to know where Tim went. Fuck if I know, buddy.

Lovecats
03-08-2016, 06:12 PM
I once had something like that, but in person!

I was getting out of the shower, when I heard knocking on my front door. I told the person to wait a minute, and toweled off and got some pants on. I answered the door, and it was a couple of US Marshals. Turned out they were looking for a previous tenant in the house, who had evidently been doing some Very Bad Things (in addition to trashing the place so it had been almost completely remodeled when we moved in). I told them I had no idea who they were or where they had gone, and that I had lived in the house for three or four years...

That was one of the most curious things that happened while I was in there.

When we lived in our old house up in Illinois we had a couple of detectives knock at the door looking for the son of the previous family that had lived there. He was always in trouble for something. I did manage to convince them that he no longer lived there and that I had no idea where the family had moved to.

Jim
03-08-2016, 07:51 PM
Decades ago, back in the land line stone age, I got a call from out of the blue.

And WHAT A CALL!

Some guy thought his wife was at my house, and he would NOT understand that he had the wrong number. He cursed. He threatened. He yelled.

Finally, I had enough. Yes, his old lady was there, she was naked, and I went into EXTREME DETAIL as to what I was doing to her, what she was doing to me, and what devices were involved.

AND, if he thought he was man enough to do something about it, to just go ahead and try! Then, I slammed the phone down.

My wife, who had been sitting there the whole time, gave me the funniest look.

I watched the news for a few days, wondering if I had triggered a murder...

:devil:

April
03-09-2016, 02:35 PM
My daughter has been getting multiple wrong number calls and texts lately, from a man who apparently did not impress his date, so she gave him the wrong number. He would not accept that he had a wrong number, and continued calling and texting at all hours I finally answered it one day, informed him that he was calling and texting a minor, I had his phone information, and with that information I had found his facebook page, with his full name, city and state, found his mom on his friends list, and if my MINOR received one more call or text from him, I was notifying the police and his mother that he was harassing my daughter. Never heard a peep after that

Kogarashi
03-15-2016, 05:07 PM
I just got the strangest wrong number I've ever had as I got home from grocery shopping.

My phone rang with a local number (whereas my phone still has an upstate NY number). I answered it, since there are plenty of businesses (such as doctors) and individuals in town who might call me but aren't in my contacts list. There's a woman's voice on the other end, and after I say hi she starts talking about setting up some Chinese visa thing. Nothing too strange at first; my husband travels a lot for work, and has been to China at least twice, so I didn't know if this was for one of his conferences this year, and being distracted I didn't have an immediate mental list of where his conferences were going to be held.

But she never mentioned a business or organization as she's talking about this process, never identified herself, and it slowly dawns on me over the course of the next minute that she thinks I'm the organization setting up this visa.

Me: (when she paused for breath) Um, who are you trying to call?
Her: Isn't this the visa service?
Me: No. You've reached a private cell phone.
Her: Huh. I was transferred to you.

Yup. Somehow, some company's phone system managed to transfer what should've been an internal call to a private cell phone number instead, and not just that but one that is long-distance to the local area.

The woman apologized and I wished her luck getting to the right people, and we hung up. I haven't received any calls since, so I'm hoping she was able to get transferred to the right people. It's still strange, though.

workerbee222
03-19-2016, 12:19 AM
A few days after moved into our present home, the phone rand and an elderly woman was looking for her insurance agent, whom she asked for by name. I told her we'd just moved in, and gotten phone service, and John Boyd the insurance agent no longer had this phone number. "John isn't there? Are you sure?"

I worked for a bridal salon for a few years. One afternoon I was making courtesy calls to remind brides of their fittings. I dialed a seven digit number I recognized as being from *next city over.* The woman answering the phone sounded a little frustrated, and told me I needed to re-dial the number, using ten digits, and the Alaska area code. She said she'd be glad when Fiona's wedding was over.

I spent the better part of a week fielding calls with someone who needed to talk to Jeff about a private, personal matter. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why my husband, who disliked cell phones and probably never knew my cell number would have given it out to anyone. I finally extracted from the caller that they were trying to collect on a bad check written to a restaurant two hours away. When Jeff from two hours away wrote his number on the back of the check, his 7 was mistaken for a 2.

CyberLurch
03-19-2016, 11:01 AM
My daughter has been getting multiple wrong number calls and texts lately, from a man who apparently did not impress his date, so she gave him the wrong number. He would not accept that he had a wrong number, and continued calling and texting at all hours

Gee, I wonder why his date wasn't impressed with him. Obsessive behavior, refusal to accept that he'd been jettisoned, etc. Sounds like she dodged a bullet there.

workerbee222
03-20-2016, 11:40 PM
My daughter has been getting multiple wrong number calls and texts lately, from a man who apparently did not impress his date...

We had a young woman in our department at school who...didn't think things through very well, especially when she'd been drinking. She was striking though, in her own way, and men frequently wanted her phone number. My friend, her roommate, was constantly fielding calls for "Moonshine" or "Aurora" or WindinHair" because Jennifer would give them a fake name, but her real phone number and address.

paxillated
03-21-2016, 03:04 AM
I had a funny one. I kept getting calls from people who were trying to order parts. Yes, they had dialed the number correctly. They just forgot to dial the area code... the parts place was in Seattle; I lived in Portland!

Teefies2
03-23-2016, 07:18 AM
I was driving home from work one night and got a call from a guy who asked for LaKesha (or something like that). I said you have the wrong number and hung up. He called back, I told him he again had the wrong number and hung up.

By this time, I'm home. He texts me saying this is <whatever his name was>. Don't you remember baby, you gave me your number at the store in Morganton? I was feeling silly, so I texted back I've never been to Morganton, so how would I give you my number. He comes back with oh baby don't be like that, I wanna be wit you. So then I texted well I've never been to Morganton, don't know where it is, and besides I'm an old white woman ... still wanna be "wit" me????

Surprisingly, I didn't hear back ;-)

AdamAnt316
03-23-2016, 08:18 AM
For some reason, I'm reminded of this film clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHSoN8t6x3M)............ :D

"Hello? No, you've got the wrong number...Yeah, but there ain't no Thelma here, man."

An Haddock
03-23-2016, 02:48 PM
Our shop's number is 1 digit off from a staffing agency a couple of towns over. If someone calls about staffing I just give them the correct number.

It hadn't happened for a year or more and I'd forgotten about it, but then I got one about a week ago.

Everyone's been pretty polite, though. I've heard horror stories (a couple in this thread, too) of people who won't admit they dialed wrong, won't admit a girl gave them the wrong number, etc. Some people just can't admit when they're wrong.

Kogarashi
03-23-2016, 05:17 PM
Some people just can't admit when they're wrong.

And then there's the people who hit redial and seem completely confused about why they keep getting the wrong number that way.

DGoddessChardonnay
03-25-2016, 09:23 PM
And then there's the people who hit redial and seem completely confused about why they keep getting the wrong number that way.

Which brings us to an older lady (can't recall her name now) but she kept calling our 2nd phone line looking for "Betty." I'd tell her she had the wrong number, this was *name* residence, she'd hang up and that should have been it.

Except she continued to do this . . . for several weeks she'd call periodically, looking for the mysterious "Betty."

One night, I suspect she kept playing with the redial because she'd call right back . . . several times over. I was losing patience as it was.

I finally had enough. The last time she called, I screamed into the phone "Betty's at Fred's house making the BED ROCK!!!" and I slammed the phone down.

Never heard a peep from her again. :devil:

WishfulSpirit
03-30-2016, 03:04 AM
Got a wrong number call today from someone who seemed to have been enjoying some Colorado Herb. Hasn't called back so either he got ahold of whoever he was trying to reach, realized he miss-dailed, or was too out of it to realize anything was off.

wordgirl
03-30-2016, 03:17 PM
My sister's cell phone is one digit off from the Bullseye Pharmacy and a ritzy spa in a local hotel. So every time I get her voice message I'd hear "If you're calling for the pharmacy dial XXX-XXXY. If you're calling for the spa desk, dial XXX-XXYY."

Our family favorite, though, was that there was a lady in our hometown whose work phone number was one digit off my folks' home number. She had two children - one with a name very similar to mine, another with the same name as my brother. So we'd call:
"Hey Mom it's wordgirl"
"Yeah?"
"I need to be picked up from play practice."
"OK. I'll be there in a .... Wait. You're not in a play!"

In a sitcom, she and mom would have ended up best buddies, but IRL, we just got more careful about dialing numbers :)