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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Weirdness

Every day is an adventure around here! I had a funny thing happen when I was in an office the other day. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop...I was there an hour and not one phone call came in, and barely a voice spoke during that time. Well, at some point a person there decided to call someone, and they did it while having the phone on speaker. They tried three times to call the same person, and after the third call, I thought I might be in another universe! Here's how it went:

Sound of dialing the phone (remember it is all on speaker now, OK)...
Sound on other end when it picks up: FAX MACHINE BEEPING.

2nd try:
Sound of dialing (still on speaker)...
Hello?
I am trying to reach "so and so"
You have the wrong number! (Spoken quiet loudly and clearly as I could hear all of this very well from the next room over).

No, I'm trying to reach "so and so".
As I said, you have the wrong number.
Oh, I have the wrong number, I'm sorry.
Hangs up.

3rd try:
Sound of dialing again...
When phone picks up it is the melodic sounds of la, la, la...this number is no longer in service, please hang up and try again!!!!!

Now, I ask you, was this person on crack, or what? It's not bad enough that you can dial the supposed same number three times and end up calling something or someone different each of the three times, BUT....YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT ON SPEAKER SO EVERYONE CAN HEAR HOW STUPID YOU ARE!!!

Several other weird happenings occured during my visit to this particular office, and I felt I should get up and run away as fast as possible. I did escape there fairly quickly, and I was so relieved to get back out in the fresh air and sunshine!
YIKES!

8 comments:

Cindy said...

I can see how that would be unnerving. But are you sure the hapless dialer was trying the same number each time? Maybe they had a list of phone numbers that might have been out-dated or from some old phone list or something. Maybe you can get a little radio you can play when it's too quiet in the office?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

There was something in the air??

Rainforest Gardener said...

That's really odd. Sounds like fodder for a creative short story!

Darla said...

There seems to be a lot of weirdness on the blogs today. I'm having a good time giggling . . .

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

This sounds like my experiences while going through call lists trying to reach different people, especially for various phone-a-thon's. It happens when lists get old, people change numbers, stuff happens, etc. It sucks. It's especially bad when you're working for a nonprofit and trying to find help during a crisis. I came across a lot of angry, miserable people who had signed up to help but apparently never expected to actually help. And of course, wrong numbers, disconnected lines, and fax machines. Gah.

Lynn said...

Glad you made it out of there in one piece!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Very funny! Had me cracking up! If it wasn't a call center then sounds....duh!

donna said...

There certainly is enough weirdness in this world for all of us to enjoy!

donna