So, what would you have done?

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@Humbug25 (12552)
January 27, 2009 4:58pm CST
Well I just nipped out to take my sons to Boys Brigade and when I got back there was a message on my answering service from someone saying that she needed to make an appointment and could I call back. So I did call her, just to tell her that she had got the wrong number. I didn't want to have it on my conscience that this poor person wasn't going to get a phone call from someone to make her the appointment. She was in the shower at the time but her husband seemed grateful that I had called just to let them know, I know I would have been. So, what would you have done? Would you have called the person to let them know or leave it for them to sort out?
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@bunnybon7 (30029)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Jan 09
yes thats the right thing. just what i would have done. hope it worked out for her.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi there bunnybon7 That's great that you would have done the same! Thanks for your response
@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
28 Jan 09
I don't have an answering machine. But if I would, I would have called back. It is a small thing to do, and you help that person. Otherwise she will be waiting and waiting for nothing. Take care, happy my lotting.
@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi Margajoe That's what I thought too and I would like someone to do the same if it had happened to me! Thanks for your response
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@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
4 Feb 09
Your welcome, happy mylotting.
@kellyjeanne (1578)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I think you definitely did the right thing. I've done that a few times myself when time and again the same person leaves a message on my answering machine and I have no clue as to who this person is. Kudos to you!! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya kellyjeanne You'd think they would get the message eventually wouldn't you? Thanks for your response
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Jan 09
The ones that are sad are where they don't leave a number. But if they do leave a number, I make the attempt.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya dawny Well here in the uk if we dial 1471 we can get the number of the last caller if we don't have caller id or they don't leave the number with the message. Thanks for your response
• Brazil
28 Jan 09
I would probably have acted like you did. But I don´t have an answering machine so for me would be difficult to discover her number. But if I had I would act the same. Cause her appointment should be important and I act with people like I would like people to act with me.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya deborahkat Aww I am sure you would do the same if you had an answering machine! Thanks for you response
@dfollin (11986)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I think you did right.I get so aggravated when I call someone and am waiting for the call back and after a few days I call back and then just casually say,"Oh, you have the wrong number." or "This is her mother and she does not live here anymore,I'll give you her new number." Then I call her at the correct number and she says that because I didn't call her back sooner she gave the job,apartment,whatever to someone else. I think it is common curtosy to call someone back and tell them that they have the wrong number.Even when someone doesn't leave a message and their number is on my caller ID I will call them back and ask why they called and most of the time they are looking for someone that used to have my phone number.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi dfollin Well I did call someone else back that appeared on my caller id and then insisted that they hadn't called me! Oh well you can only do your best eh? Thanks for your response
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
28 Jan 09
hi devonshire lady, you are a wonderful person. That's nice of you to be so considerate of others and going a bit out of your way to help others. It did not cost you more than a call to help another person but you have done it. I am sure that the concerned lady appreciated your gesture. I think I would have done the same if this thing happened to me. A few months a foreigner left a message on my answering machine wanting to contact a friend. I did not have the telephone number of the person concerned and thus I was unable to contact anybody.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya ronaldinu I think that if I had to call to a foreign country I wouldn't have been so considerate! LOL Thanks for your response
• United States
28 Jan 09
I would have done exactly as you had done. It would have bothered me to think that someone out there was waiting around for a call that they were never going to get. I know that I would be greatful to someone that had gone out of there way to do so. I am glad to see that there are still people like us out there.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya sunshynehs I just wish there were more people like us though! Thanks for your response
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
28 Jan 09
You deserve a pat on the back! I recently had a phone message that I knew wasn't mine, but since it was just general chit chat, I ignored it. I would hope that if I got a message like you did that I would try to call back to tell them they had the wrong number. There should be more people in the world like you! Best wishes!
@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi there bmorehouse1 I have left a message on someone elses ansering machine before and a few days later asked my friend if she got my message and when she said no, I realised that I had left it on someone elses answering service and was just glad that I hadn't said anything rude! LOL Thanks for your response
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
28 Jan 09
We've had this happen numerous times to us in the past. I usually always call the person back to let them know that they had dialed the wrong number. Otherwise it would be on my mind all day that I didn't help someone out.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya Shar19 Yeah it would have been on my mind all day too! Thanks for your response
@dio123 (1790)
• India
28 Jan 09
that is a very nice gesture from you, I would also have done similar to you in such situation
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya dio123 Thanks and good for you too! Thanks for your response
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I have done the same thing when I was working. I worked for a hospice company, and one day I returned from lunch and checked my messages, to find that there was a call from patient's relative. We did not house patients, we were the corporate office. I called the person back to let them know that she had contacted the corporate office and that she would have to contact the facility her relative was in. She was very grateful for the call back.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya sudalunts I can't imagine how worried that relative might have been if you didn't call her back to let her know so I am sure she would be very grateful! Good on ya! Thanks for your response
@ellie333 (21029)
28 Jan 09
Hi Humbug, Yes I would have called the number too, I have done in the past and also if I have received a text from someone I have texted to say they have texted the wrong number to let them know as the appointment and message ould be very important and they would probably be unaware otherwise. Well done you. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya ellie333 I too have done that. Someone sent me a text saying Happy Birthday Tracy so I text back saying thanks but my name isn't Tracy! And then told them they had the wrong number. Thanks for your response
28 Jan 09
Yes I would have done the same as well. There is nothing worse than sitting around waiting for someone to call back after leaving a message on their voicemails! I bet the woman was very pleased that you returned her call
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi there mummyofthree I get impatient and tend to call back after a couple of hours if I had not heard back already I would call again having left a voicemail message or no!! If it is a doctors and they would have been during surgery hours I wouldn't even bother leaving a message and continue to call until I spoke to a person! Thanks for your response
• Egypt
28 Jan 09
It depends on the situation if it seemed like something urgent or important I would probably call to let the person know. if didn't than I will let it for them to work it out. It was a Nice thing from you to do.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi agirlfromtomorrow Thanks and thank you for your response
@Corimore (249)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I'm glad there are people like you out there I know there are plenty of people out there wouldn't do and they don't realize that it could mess up someones whole day if they don't let them know the number they called was the wrong one. It has happened to me. Someone from the court house called me or so they thought it was and informed the answering machine at that number that my jury duty would start a day early. Instead of calling the courthouse and informing them they had called the wrong number in which an officer would have came by and told me. They ignored it and I almost got arrested for not showing up for jury duty. The court clerk said I left you a message on your machine. That is how I know someone did get the message just not me. Luckily the Judge was kind enough and only made me buy the coffee for the fellow jurors the week we were in court. Better than jail time or huge fine.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hey there Corimore It is surpriseing what a simple phonecall can make and I am so glad I made mine! Thanks for your response
@ANTIQUELADY (36492)
• United States
28 Jan 09
i think it was very nice of u to do that.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
hi ya ANTIQUELADY I am sure you would have done the same! Thanks for your response
• United States
28 Jan 09
Well, When that happens to me I always call back. The only ones I don't call back are the telemarketers and the automated voice that are usually telemarketers. Also, you have to watch when they say call them back about appointments or information then to find out it is a trick to get you to call the number which transfer you to a 900 number and you don't know it until you get your bill. So, watch out for those. But, yes that was nice of you and I would do the same thing...
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi ya Carpathian Oooh I hadn't thought of that, thanks for the warning! Thanks for your response too!
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Hello humbug25! Well, what you did is right. If you haven't told her, she might miss the important things in her life. If I were in your place, I would do the same too. You're such a nice person girl.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hi aisaellis22 See you are a nice person too if you would have done the same thing too!! Thanks for your response
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
27 Jan 09
That was very considerate of you and I would have done the same thing to.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
3 Feb 09
Hey there moondancer I am glad to hear that you would have done the same! Thanks for your response