Hello? Who is this?!

@mommyboo (13207)
United States
December 6, 2009 7:24pm CST
Um... you called ME and you don't know who you're calling? Sorry but why do people do this? If you call my phone, you should know who you're calling. Don't call me, let me say hello, and then go 'Who is THIS?!' as if you have NO freaking idea. I just got a phone call like that and my answer was 'well who are you calling for?'. Yeah yeah, it was a wrong number but if the person who answers doesn't sound familiar, maybe you should ask for the person you called for instead of saying 'Who is THIS?!'. Do people do this to you? Have you inadvertently done it to someone else? I'm here to tell you that it doesn't come across very well! You ought to know whom you're calling before you start dialing that number.
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21 responses
• United States
7 Dec 09
Sounds like a sales call phishing for information to me. If I don't recognize the number I won't answer it anyway. I have all the people I talk to programed into my phone and if I don't know, I'm not speaking. Plus, if you really want to talk to me you'll leave a message on my voice mail.
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
8 Dec 09
I usually don't answer if I don't recognize the number. I have caller ID on my phones and I have no clue what possessed me to answer it last night when I didn't recognize the number. I thought maybe it was for my husband based on the area code. My voice mail is kinda blunt, it says 'sorry we can't get to the phone right now, and if you're a telemarketer, hang up NOW'. It doesn't give our names or anything because I expect anybody who calls us to know who we are, and if they don't, even if they leave a message, if they ask for someone other than who lives here, it gets deleted and we never return the call. I've even reported a couple numbers/companies to the national do not call list because I've received more than a few phone calls from them when they should not be calling us. I hope they have gotten fined severely, that would make my day.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Hey mommyboo! And yes, I have had this happen to me and it really does annoy me! If you think that you have dialed a wrong number then say so! If I dial a wrong number then I apologize! I have been trying to get in touch with you through IM's and sent you an email and you haven't responded! Are you angry with me? I can't find your phone number or I would have called you! What's going on? I have been trying to get in touch with you now for weeks!
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
8 Dec 09
And NOW I see this post! Well you have my number now!
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
7 Dec 09
OMG!! I HATE when people do this, and it happens all the time. And I always give the same response-you called me!! I have done it myself,too,but it is really annoying!
@niara25 (148)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Yes, those calls are very annoying. I simply hang up. When you call someone, you are supposed to say: "hello, may I speak to..?" People are so inconsiderate these days.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
9 Dec 09
I've never asked 'who is this' except if I'm calling a personal cell phone and the person who answers sounds nothing like ANYBODY who has ever answered the phone before. I can't say I should continue doing this though because I know a couple times I have asked someone else to answer MY phone, like once I was getting a manicure and I asked my friend's daughter to answer. I've also had my friend's husband answer my phone before and sometimes that has worried the person on the other end.
@Hatley (154648)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Dec 09
hi mommyboo let me tell you about Rene,okay I just got my phone in on a lifetime low cost thing. so I get this call, I am John and am mumble mumble then get Rene here now, I said who are you and will you p;lease speak slower and a bit louder. then he screams you need a doctor, and I say what on earth, he repeats you need a doctor so I start to say you called me, and he yells again get Rene. so I hung up. about a half hour later a pleasant lady calls and says are You Mrs,. Mcpherson, and I say no I am not but let me ask you is her first name by any chance Rene? she said, why how did you know that? I told her about the odd conversation with this John and she informed me John the screamer was REne's ex husband . and he was a wife beater. I figured he was not a good person. We figured out that I got Rene McPhersons old telephone number and she had just got a new one.
@robertx (150)
• Romania
8 Dec 09
Oh this reminds me of a silly prank some do... They go like "hello, is mr/mrs something there", and you go, nope, or wrong number, and think that's over. But then mr/mrs something calls to ask if there were any messages :). And i could go on about several other similar pranks, its always funny to keep track of them, not to mention you can better defend and won't get mad when these happen to you... why ruin yer day for some weirdo?
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
9 Dec 09
Well, I got a marriage proposal once from someone who was initially a wrong number. Do I think he was a little out there, yes I do. At the time he was older than my DAD. I also got a wrong number from someone who was singing with a little kid 'happy birthday' on my voice mail, and the odd part was it was to someone named Lisa - but I have a friend named Lisa and it happened to be her birthday THAT DAY... Most of the time though the wrong numbers are plain irritating and the people are less than civil.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
11 Dec 09
I've never done this and I will never do this to someone. I've called wrong numbers before and the only way that I realize that it is a wrong number is when I ask for the person that I was trying to get ahold of. When I make a telephone call, I always say "May I speak to (insert name here)?", unless I know that the person that answered the phone is the person that I was looking for. I have, however, had people do this too me and it actually does make me angry when someone does this. What ever happened to being polite to other people?
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Dec 09
yeah, I've had this and depending on my mood my reaction is that it's funny or it's annoying. My main peeve about it is just that people don't know phone etiquette. If you don't know who's answering the phone, why not introduce yourself and ask for the person you are calling for?
@dpk262006 (52825)
• Delhi, India
9 Dec 09
Hi mommy! When somebody makes a call,it is pertinent for him/her to disclose her/his name, if s/he is calling for the first time to a unknown/known person. It is the primary duty of the caller to identify herself/himself, when the other party is not a known relative/friend. Those who straightaway ask a quesion - "Who is there" do not know the etiquettes of telephonic conversation. I also don't appreciate those people, who do not reveal their identity and instead ask for my identity. I always identify myself on phone (even on mobile phone) if I'm calling a new person.
• United States
8 Dec 09
Yes it has happened to me too.I feel the same way too and what I really hate is when somone calls you and they say nothing for a long time hello?You called me say something already!
• United States
8 Dec 09
That drives me absolutely insane! I have had people do that to me and it just pisses me straight off if you dial a number you better know who the heck you are calling and if you dont then you have no business dialing that dang number
@robertx (150)
• Romania
8 Dec 09
Like it or not, these things happen for various reasons. So everyone should be prepared to get some sooner or later, not to mention the pranksters out there... if you seen my previous comment in this thread. I still believe you should not ruin yer day and go mad about it. Say something funny, or something funny in a nasty way, or take the opportunity and be as evil as you can be :). I actually had some great conversations wich started like this, and both sides involved usually closed the phone laughing. We have enough stress around us, no need to flip over such small things, wich lets face it, some have no evil intent.
@MrKennedy (1996)
7 Dec 09
Exactly. It just baffles the mind why anybody would willingly phone somebody up then ask for THEIR name. Callers like this almost always mean trouble, and it generally ends up with me putting the phone down on them in anger
• United States
7 Dec 09
I have had this happen before and it drives me insane. I feel the same as you with you are the one that dialed the number so what the heck are you asking me who it is? I say that all the time when I am asked that. People amaze me at times why not just say is mommyboo there? and because you obviously have the wrong number i will tell you that instead of asking Who is this...that is just rude to me.
• Romania
7 Dec 09
when someone calls me like that usually thei asc ho is this what's your name and i just say it's a mistake sorry but thei insst that i say to them my name :)) what a loser
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Hi, mommyboo. Yes, this has happened to me too. I hate when people call my phone and ask who is this too. I can't stand when they do this to me. It is aggravating! I agree if they call your number they should know whom they are calling. If I had to call someones number and I weren't too sure of whom I am calling for, I will say this: Is this the such and such household? That way, I will sound as if I have manners and the person is able to respond back. I will also tell them that I am trying to get into touch with such and such. I have had many people that have called and asked me, who is this. And I respond back asking them who they are, if they can't tell me, then, I will hang up the phone. Besides, if my voice does not sound too familiar then they should at least say that they have the wrong number. I am so fed up with people doing this to me too. If it gets to be on my nerves, I will just hang up on them. The phone call can't be too important if they can't state to me who they are.. I have called many people and when I hear their voice, I will right then and there realize that I have the wrong number. I will quickly say, Oh sorry wrong number, and then I will hang up. I wished that other people would follow my game.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
it happens to me most of the time. and whenever i hear those words, i really get pissed off and easily gets annoyed and shout at the caller. it is rude to ask "who is this" to the one answering the phone. i just hope that callers like that should think first before popping those kind of lines coz they look so senseless.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Dec 09
I usually end up saying "Who am I again...." and when they can't tell me I hang up.
@Lornal (113)
• China
7 Dec 09
Oh, sorry, i often call wrong the tel no because our office phone is not good and sometimes i down the number but it does not show. But everytime, i call the tel no and find the voice is not familiar i alway to say "Hello, i want to speak to xxx " the receiver say" You call wrong" i reply "Sorry, the tle no is XXXXXX" the receiver say "not, you are wrong" I say "So sorry to disturb you, have a nice day" Most of receiver say "Never mind, you too" It is not a bad conversation. I never say "Who is this", it is not a good manner, we should say sorry if we disturb someone.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
7 Dec 09
Oh... What a bad experience you went through. Normally for people who called my mobile (but not for me) will asked for the person they are looking for and followed by an apology.
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
7 Dec 09
That hasn't happened to me by phone but has happened by MSN. Many people just happens to add you, and the first time they talk to you they ask you "hey, who are you?". If you don't know, why did you add me in the first place? That makes me really angry.
• United States
7 Dec 09
OMG I hate that. There was a person who would call the house all the time and ask who is this?? She had the right number just not the right person. I finally got tired of it and went off on her asking her who she was and who the h*ll was she calling. Its simple...if the person who answers doesnt sound like the person you were calling ask for that person or saying oh i have the wrong number. And another one that ticks me off is when they wait for me to say hello then just hang up. Do they not realize how rude that is...common decency at least has you saying oh sorry wrong number