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29 July 2010 @ 04:17 pm
A Ten on the Weird-O-Meter  
I've wondered about the strange phone calls we've been receiving lately.

I'm totally a call screener. I loathe talking on the phone normally, so I don't answer unless I really want to talk to you, or in the case of my husband, who won't be put off by not getting me on the phone; he'll just call my cell and then badger me with emails until I respond.

Love you, husband. Mean it.

Anyhow, now it all makes sense. A bail bondsman evidently is listed somewhere (newspaper? Phone book? I forgot to ask) with our home phone number. I just got a call from a very nice woman who told me that the problem is being fixed.

It makes this exchange not so weird:

(Phone rings, I uncharacteristically answer)

Me. Hello?

Caller. Yeah, I wondered how much you'd give me for my 1994 [model of] boat.

Me. Excuse me?

Caller. Do you take boats as collateral?

Me. What? I think you have the wrong number.

Caller. (swears and hangs up)

Just so you all know, I will not be coerced by any four letter words into buying any of your boats, cars, houses, etc. or loaning out any money for you or your loved ones to get out of jail. Call me selfish, but it's just not happening.

Or maybe I should just start a new career? Thoughts?
 
 
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Not a lady at all: comic: laughing catcosmo_jenny on July 29th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Our number is very very close to a number of the local tax office, so we have a couple of calls a month that go like this.

Me: Family name, hello?
Caller: Yes, hey, I am calling about that letter you sent me/Can I talk to Mr/Mrs Something please?/ Can you please put me through to Blahblahblah?
Me: I am sorry, you reached a private number. You need to dial one more 1.

Most people get it but there was an elderly farmer on Sunday at 9.30am that insisted I put him through to his contact of the office.
Ayla: Amusedabitofayla on July 29th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
lol. So if I ever land in jail you won't take a firstborn child as collateral?

At least I know not to call you if I ever go to jail. :P
Sister Roserose_in_texas on July 29th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
I hear it can be a lucrative career if you have the gumption for it.

Myself, not so much, but you're known as a plucky chick.
Comic Book Goddess: C&H - I have a Hammer!rainpuddle13 on July 29th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
My home phone number is one digit different from water company.

Boy, talk about fun times when the bill comes due every quarter!
sue_bridehead on July 30th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
That's us, too. We do run a business from home, and our 800 number is - lucky us - ATT's old number. *sigh* We get tons of weird calls. And we pay for them, too! *double sigh*

Then the other day, a young woman called and asked me if this was the number for some government agency, or, she said, "Did the lady who gave me this number just not know what she was talking about?" I was about to give her our toll free number, then I asked what number she meant to dial. Turns out she had pressed the 5 button one too many times and wound up with us. So I think the problem was with the caller herself...incredible, but true.