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Wrong Numbers

It strikes me as funny the number of people who, upon reaching me at a wrong number, react "poorly." Most of the "poor" reactions are a simple "click" as they hang up. How about saying "Oh, sorry. Goodbye." Some will ask if this is 555-1234 (which is fine), and then argue with me that it must not be because they're certain they dialed correctly (that part's not fine). I'm not rude to these people - I simply say "I think you've got the wrong number." I let them ask a question or say goodbye, answer it, and conclude with a "goodbye" on my end.

When I call a wrong number, and am told so, I say "I'm sorry, I was trying to reach Sears" if it's a business (this happened the other day - yp.yahoo.com has an outdated phone number). The person gave me the new number. If it's a person I'm trying to reach1, I'll simply say "I'm sorry, have a good day."

It's particularly aggravating when wrong-number-dialers are rude at 2am. Note the time of this post. 😛

Footnotes

  1. I can't remember the last time I mis-dialed a friend's number.

2 Responses to "Wrong Numbers"

  1. In Hong Kong and you're on the receiving end of a wrong call, the person abuses you the recipient. "M, gauchaua!" in Cantonese, means "You crazy bastard!". Nice, huh!

  2. On my mobile, which no-one else uses.

    "Hello?"
    "Where's Chris?"
    "You have the wrong number."
    "Who're you?"
    "Excuse me?"
    "Who are you?"
    "I could ask you the same."
    "I asked first."
    "You called me."
    (silence)
    "Goodbye."


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