Monday, February 12, 2007

Clearly, People Don't Listen

The other night I am sitting at home and my phone rings. I don't recognize the number (it's out in the suburbs) so I let it go to voicemail. By the way, my voicemail message - in my own kinda deep voice - is:

"Hello, this is Dop. I can't take your call right now, so please leave a message."

So about an hour later, I checked the message just in case it's from someone I might actually know. Here is the message that was left:

"Wanda, did you tape 'Criminal Minds'? Let me know..."

And here's the clincher:

"... it's Mom. Bye."

So I am thinking - either Mom is completely hard of hearing, or Wanda needs to lay off the cigarettes. Cause if Wanda actually sounds anything like me, she must have been smoking for say, oh, 50 years. And this isn't the first time something like this has happened.

I recently changed my cell number from the one I had back in DC for the last 6 years to one with a Chicago area code. And since then, all different kinds of people have been leaving messages for - well - all different kinds of people. Yet every person who leaves a message has to listen to me first. But still they leave messages for their friends, associates, or in Wanda's case, daughters.

Clearly, people just don't listen. Or aren't paying attention which is just as bad.


  1. Dop, I feel your pain. I moved out to Oklahoma City a few months back and changed my cell number too in order to have a local number. Like you, I have also received several voicemails from complete strangers looking for someone else. It does boggle the mind that they don't catch on to my voicemail message and realize that they are not talking to who they need to talk to. I don't know if it's that people just don't listen anymore or not, but I don't understand it.

  2. I love it when stuff like that happens. i had a mobile a few years ago where the same type of thing happened. Listening to those messages can be hysterical.

  3. The worst is when a collection agency gets hold of your number, either because it's the former number of a deadbeat borrower, or because someone has used your phone number randomly (and fraudulently) on a credit application. They leave messages. They call back, and leave more messages, none of which are for names that sound even remotely like my own (or whose presumed accent would not be the one of a midwestern white boy). And then when you do answer the phone and explain that you are not who they are looking for, they tell you, "well you need to have Miss (insert name) call me back immediately, it's about an urgent matter." Once, the person they were looking for apparently listed an address that was about a block from mine, and they actually asked me if I could go find the person. Yeah, I'll get right on that.

  4. Same thing happens to me about twice a month on the average. Sometimes the same person will call over and over again leaving very important messages. Can't believe they don't listen to my outgoing message.

    What also gets me is how many wrong numbers that come through to the three phones in this house from Hispanics (like 95%). We get dozens of wrong-number calls each month. Not only are they English-speaking impaired, but number-ignorant as well.