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post #1 of 20
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So at my house.. we have one telephone, and it's in my bedroom. We usually just use our cellphones, and I use the house phone to talk to my boyfriend in the evening since my cellphone doesn't always have good reception at the house. That means that pretty much the only people (besides my boyfriend) who call the house are salespeople. We've been getting calls from this auto place that I'm starting to think isn't even in KS, because the area codes are ones that I don't know. So lately, since I'm home during the day a lot of the time, when they call (and these people call A LOT) I'll answer the phone on speaker and mute it, just because I think it's kind of funny, and to see what they'll do to get someone to talk. I've been doing this for so long, that these people will say "hello" like, several times, and then they'll sit there and breathe into the phone for a few minutes. And I'm not worried about it being something important, because mom knows they call, she doesn't know who they are, and she wants them to stop calling. Sometimes she even does the same thing I do. I just thought I'd share, because a guy just called from there, so I put the phone on mute/speaker, and the guy said hello like, five times, and sat there breathing into the phone for a few minutes before he hung up. I guess I'm just entertained by the smallest things.

Does anyone else have annoying people that call their houses??
post #2 of 20
Yeah I hate it with Tele Markerters call the house..My husband always says to take our names off of their lists...and one time he said "what's your number, so I can call you back" and when the person said they wouldn't give out their phone numbers my husband said "well, then I guess you don't like being bothered at home...well neither do I" Click!! ..he got that from a seinfield episode...its funny!!
post #3 of 20
Funny you should ask this because I just this minute got a call from this auto place we took our car ONCE last year when we needed something fixed right away. They are constantly calling us now, but when I pick up it's always an automated message, and it always starts out, "While you were out, we recorded the following message for you..." Huh? But I've been sitting right here next to the phone for two hours!
post #4 of 20
I let them get through their spiel and then ask questions like I am interested then say oh. Nope not interested! Then hang up. Sorry to those telemarketers that are just doing their jobs. Its just annoying!
post #5 of 20
I also use to work for allstate insurance....and whenever we would call someone at home we would have the mute button on until we hear them answer the phone...sometimes we would forget it was on...and they would say hello...hello....but the customer's didn't understand we were calling about their accident...it wasn't a telemarketer calling....
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Alaynna
Yeah I hate it with Tele Markerters call the house..My husband always says to take our names off of their lists...and one time he said "what's your number, so I can call you back" and when the person said they wouldn't give out their phone numbers my husband said "well, then I guess you don't like being bothered at home...well neither do I" Click!! ..he got that from a seinfield episode...its funny!!
We've had some pretty funny moments.. like at my grandparents, a telemarketer called for my grandpa, and he answered, and when they asked for him, he said "He's out at church right now.." and hung up. And the funniest one happened at my boyfriend's.. his sister had a friend over, and a telemarketer called, so her friend answered, and when they asked for my boyfriend's mom, she said, "She's not here.. she died! We're in mourning!!" and hung up. A few days later she got an an envelope that said "to the estate of...." on it, and her one of her accounts (I think bank) was getting closed. She had to call them and tell them not to close it because she wasn't dead.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by h~chan
We've had some pretty funny moments.. like at my grandparents, a telemarketer called for my grandpa, and he answered, and when they asked for him, he said "He's out at church right now.." and hung up. And the funniest one happened at my boyfriend's.. his sister had a friend over, and a telemarketer called, so her friend answered, and when they asked for my boyfriend's mom, she said, "She's not here.. she died! We're in mourning!!" and hung up. A few days later she got an an envelope that said "to the estate of...." on it, and her one of her accounts (I think bank) was getting closed. She had to call them and tell them not to close it because she wasn't dead.

That's funny
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by mamacat
Funny you should ask this because I just this minute got a call from this auto place we took our car ONCE last year when we needed something fixed right away. They are constantly calling us now, but when I pick up it's always an automated message, and it always starts out, "While you were out, we recorded the following message for you..." Huh? But I've been sitting right here next to the phone for two hours!
Those automated messages are so funny.. this auto place has them, and when I pick up they always say, "We are calling with an important message.. please stay on the line.......... please continue to hold, we will be right with you. Thank you." One time it repeated itself at least seven times, so I just hung up..
post #9 of 20
something to try out on them.......

when they ask for you, or someone else, ask them to hold on for a second, put the phone down, and go about with whatever it was you were doing before they called.
post #10 of 20
I hate them. Can we sell you something???? I say no and please dont call back. Because they always call me. Then the next day they call. I should
say stop calling you .
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by SophieC
something to try out on them.......

when they ask for you, or someone else, ask them to hold on for a second, put the phone down, and go about with whatever it was you were doing before they called.
I never thought of that.. that's a good idea. I'll have to try that when they call again..
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by SophieC
something to try out on them.......

when they ask for you, or someone else, ask them to hold on for a second, put the phone down, and go about with whatever it was you were doing before they called.

That is true...b/c they will not like that...the usually have a "call time" that they are suppose to shoot for ...and if they go over then it looks bad on them...
post #13 of 20
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It's so funny, too, because they start asking for mom, and they always pronounce her name wrong. And sometimes I can even hear several people talking and laughing in the background while the person on the phone is trying to whisper something to them. These people are the biggest idiots I've ever seen.
post #14 of 20
Our phone number is very similar to the customer service number for a major appliance company (the last two digits are reversed), so we frequently get calls asking for "so-and-so appliances." You would think people would be tipped off that they were calling the wrong number when I answer the phone "Hello?" instead of "Good morning, Random Corporation, how can I help you?" but noooo ... they realize something is wrong, but plow forward anyway, usually after a brief pause. It's become so bad that our voicemail message now says "Hello, you've reach Mirinae and Boyfriend ... If you're calling for Random Corporation, you have the wrong number. Please hang up and dial 555-555-5555."

What amuses the heck out of me, though, is the number of people who LISTEN to that voicemail message and STILL leave a message for the appliance company. Sometimes, if I'm feeling magnanomous, I'll call them back and give them the correct phone number. I did NOT call back the guy who left a message regarding his resume, however; if he can't be bothered to listen and pay attention to a simple voicemail message, and realize he's calling the wrong number, he doesn't deserve to get the job, IM(NS)HO.

I had one gentleman call for the appliance company and REFUSE to believe me when I said he had the wrong number. I gave him the correct number and he said "But that's the number I dialed!" He actually got quite irate with me and said I didn't know what I was talking about, he HAD dialed the right number and I was the one who was wrong. Because, you know, of course I don't know my own HOME PHONE NUMBER!
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mirinae
Our phone number is very similar to the customer service number for a major appliance company (the last two digits are reversed), so we frequently get calls asking for "so-and-so appliances." You would think people would be tipped off that they were calling the wrong number when I answer the phone "Hello?" instead of "Good morning, Random Corporation, how can I help you?" but noooo ... they realize something is wrong, but plow forward anyway, usually after a brief pause. It's become so bad that our voicemail message now says "Hello, you've reach Mirinae and Boyfriend ... If you're calling for Random Corporation, you have the wrong number. Please hang up and dial 555-555-5555."

What amuses the heck out of me, though, is the number of people who LISTEN to that voicemail message and STILL leave a message for the appliance company. Sometimes, if I'm feeling magnanomous, I'll call them back and give them the correct phone number. I did NOT call back the guy who left a message regarding his resume, however; if he can't be bothered to listen and pay attention to a simple voicemail message, and realize he's calling the wrong number, he doesn't deserve to get the job, IM(NS)HO.

I had one gentleman call for the appliance company and REFUSE to believe me when I said he had the wrong number. I gave him the correct number and he said "But that's the number I dialed!" He actually got quite irate with me and said I didn't know what I was talking about, he HAD dialed the right number and I was the one who was wrong. Because, you know, of course I don't know my own HOME PHONE NUMBER!
Oh that's hilarious. I had a guy accidentally call my cell phone about three times in a row before he actually got the number he wanted.. and there was only a one-digit difference. I also noticed that there's only a one-digit difference in our house number and the accounting business down the street. I'm surprised we never get any calls for people wanting the accountant.
post #16 of 20
I usually just say I'm the nanny, and the homeowners are out of the country for the rest of the year!
post #17 of 20
I always say I'm just on my way out the door heading to work, and then they always say "is there a better time to contact you?" and I just say "no". Then they don't know what to say next, and its funny. Then after a few seconds of them trying to figure out how to overcome that objection, they finally say, okay maam have a good night.
post #18 of 20
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Some of these replies are fun..

They just called again, and this lady sat there for like a minute, saying "hello?" every several seconds before hanging up..
post #19 of 20
I just loooooove having caller ID so I can ignore numbers I don't know.

I have the same problem when answering "gemlady's residence" and the caller just plows in ignoring that they have the wrong number.
post #20 of 20
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I love caller ID too.. but I hate when it says "blocked call".. it's so annoying. I'll admit that when I was younger, my friends and I would do "prank calls" and block our number.. it was pretty fun, but one time we did something really embarrassing, and the people we called somehow tracked our number and called us back. I was so scared that we'd get in trouble, that when mom asked "who's calling?" I said that it looked like a wrong number so we didn't have to answer..
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