Wrong numbers are just a fact of life.
We have all misdialed at one time or another. I always try to handle those situations with grace. If I have done the misdialing, I always apologize and say goodbye before hanging up. And when someone mistakenly calls me, so long as that person is polite, I am pleasant in return.
But, one way to tick me off in a hurry is to call me by mistake and then be rude about it. Example:
Wrong Number: Who is this?
Me: Excuse me, whom are you trying to reach?
Wrong Number: I want to talk to soandso.
Me: I think you have the wrong number.
Manners, people!! Would it have been so hard to say "Oh, I'm sorry. good-bye."
But even worse than the abrupt hang-up is when Mr. Wrong Number tries to argue with me about whether or not he dialed the wrong number. Really, dude? If I am not the person you were trying to reach, isn't it obvious that you did in fact dial incorrectly? Do you really think I have your friend/relative/etc. held hostage somewhere?
But, as I said wrong numbers are just a fact of life and they are going to happen.
What really blows my mind is when wrong numbers leave messages. I say quite clearly in my voicemail message "You have reached Lauren." On my home answering machine, I again say quite clearly, "You have reached the Snellings house."
So I was a little surprised and honestly annoyed at this message that I received on my cell phone today:
"Hi, hon. It's mom." (It is so not my mom's voice!) "I haven't talked to you in, well, a really long time and I just wanted to see how you are. Um, please call me back. I really want to hear from you. My number is 562-XXX-XXXX. bye."
Really? Has it been so long since you talked to your daughter that you don't remember what her voice sounds like or what her name is!!
Is that normal??? Or am I right, and this person was just an idiot?