Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Quit Calling Here!

Since we moved into our new house almost two years ago, the People have had trouble with wrong number dialers. First, the lady who most recently had our phone number (a one Ms. Black) is wanted by numerous creditors. Ms. Black apparently doesn't like to pay her bills. The People used to get many calls a week looking for this woman. Some of the creditors would accuse Woman of being Ms. Black and lying about not being her. You can imagine this did not amuse my Woman and she fought back, usually ending the call with a loud slamming of the phone. Once she even reported the company to the BBB for their rude tactics. Finally, after two years, those calls have trickled down to just one every month or so. Woman suspects this lady is still giving out our telephone number as her own to throw creditors off her track.

About two weeks ago, Woman started getting calls in the early hours of the morning and late at night from a redneck who she thought was retarded at first, but now realizes was just really really drunk a couple times when he called. His calls have been relentless but kind of funny since the first words he usually speaks are not "hi" or "hello", but "where have you been all day" or "do you want to ride together this morning" in a very gruff voice. She has explained to him over and over that this is not the number of "William" or whoever he is trying to call, but he continues to dial the number, sometimes numerous times a day! Woman threatened him with a call to the police, but he called again! Now Woman answers the phone with a new greeting, "Quit calling here!"

The smart thing to do would be to call the phone company and report the number of the person making these calls, but the Peoples' caller ID display is all wonky, so they don't know the guy's number. It would also be smart to change our phone number, but Woman's work number is forwarded to this number, and there will be a hassle in getting it re-routed and getting her actual line at work set back up. I guess she prefers the prank-call headache to the work headache.

Maybe we should get a new phone with a caller ID that actually works. Do they make phones that electrocute the person on the other end of the line when you push a certain button? That would be useful for so many things. LOL!


  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger Tami said…

    I always love saying, “Hang on just a minute.” I then sit the phone down and leave it like that – off the hook – until they hang up.

  • At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Brandi said…

    I wish they did make a phone like that, revenge on telemarketers!

  • At 3:44 PM, Blogger ECLECTICS said…

    I don't know what phone company you use, but my Mother had a problem with a prankster calling late at night...she called her phone compnay and they were able to find out who it was for her and he was prosecuted by the you might try calling your phone company and asking for help!

  • At 5:03 PM, Blogger LMizzle said…

    Usually when telemarketers call, I like to make a sound like I am falling off a cliff, and then I hang up. It's strictly for my amusement. "AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaa....a.a..aaaa.........CLICK."

    As for the drunk dude, I would say you should answer the phone by saying, "Tom's house of pizza, what can I get for you?" and see if he just hangs up! Wait, you don't know what his number is. Awwwwww.

  • At 8:01 AM, Blogger rpm said…

    Norman...there is something that Aunt Sue got at Lowe's in the telephone section that attaches to the phone and when you hear that it's someone you don't want to talk to you push little button and it tells the person something like you don't accept these calls...something like that. You still have to answer the phone.

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger Christine & Giggs said…

    We get a lot of wrong numbers/calls on our business line. I thought that the phone company had to 'retire' the number for a little while before reassigning it, in order to avoid these types of things happening.

    I agree it is a pain in the butt, but at least I haven't had to deal with a drunken redneck!


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