Giving out phone numbers without owners consent

United States
May 25, 2016 11:25am CST
Have you ever given a phone number to someone without the owners consent? Do you get upset to receive calls you shouldn't? This morning I woke up to a former co worker who told me she was going in for a job interview and thought about me, so she gave them my number. Not as a reference but as a person who's interested. That's very thoughtful but I have no clue on the job, position, or am I prepared. When it comes to phone numbers, I don't share them with anyone - I respect the owners privacy and always get consent prior to giving their number. For instances if someone asks me for someone's number I have - I will call them up or text them to see if it's fine. Other situations like direct family (no) I don't have to ask because sometimes like say my grandma gets confused from her phone book. She's trying to call my mom but she's called me, then I'll just tell her the number to save her time from calling the other numbers.
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24 responses
@rina110383 (24134)
25 May 16
Only my parents & siblings know my number. I warned them not to give it to anyone. If I see a someone (not my parents/siblings) calling me, I don't answer it and delete the number immediately. Also, I immediately delete messages not coming from my family. I don't even bother reading it. I don't also give my parents' or siblings' digits to anyone.
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• United States
25 May 16
That's good only your parents and siblings know your number and to not give it out. Do you Often get random callers or texts? I woke up to a text message saying I gave your number to the rep. But still she should have consulted with me. I don't like receiving random callers too. I've had my phone number for over 15 years.
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@rina110383 (24134)
25 May 16
@infatuatedbby Yes, they are the only ones who know it. I'm not into phones actually. Yep, I do but I don't answer them so those numbers/messages just end up being deleted.
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• United States
25 May 16
@rina110383 Do you have a block feature on your phone? I block all unwanted numbers.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
25 May 16
I don't give out anyone's phone number unless i have been given permission to do so. But yesterday I got a call from someone looking for one of my friends because she gave them my number for a reference. I didn't mind, I just have no idea who the people are that called.
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• United States
25 May 16
Or if a number is given out. It would be nice to get a quicker heads up on who so you know who you're talking to.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
25 May 16
@infatuatedbby Yes that would have been a nice idea! Lol
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• United States
25 May 16
@LovingMyBabies did you ever find out who called you?
@Marchy (142)
25 May 16
I don't like giving my phone number to other people. When someone is calling me and it's not on my contact list I don't answer the call unless they sent me a text message.
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• United States
25 May 16
That's a good way to go. If it's important they'd leave a voice message or text.
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@celticeagle (118254)
• Boise, Idaho
25 May 16
I would have called you and told abut the job. I don't like having my number given out. I get enough idiotic calls as it is I try to live by the Golden Rule. If I expect others to respect me, I respect them unless they prove to be someone I don't respect.
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• United States
26 May 16
I don't like my number given out to a complete stranger. I never gave her information or number to anyone either. I'd like that respect also.
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@celticeagle (118254)
• Boise, Idaho
26 May 16
@infatuatedbby ....Did you say anything to her? She should know or she may do it again.
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• United States
26 May 16
@celticeagle I ignored her at the moment.
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@Lolaze (3165)
• United States
25 May 16
I have never done it because of something that happened to me. When I was in high school, a boy had a crush on me. He was a bit weird and I wasn't interested. He apparently wanted my number but was too shy to speak to me, so he asked one of my teachers. Would you believe my teacher gave this boy my phone number?!?!?!?! I was sooooo angry.
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• United States
25 May 16
Wow I cannot believe the teacher freely handed your number. Do you think he made an excuse like that's my cousin and im catching a ride home but can't find her? Or some sort of excuse?
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@Lolaze (3165)
• United States
25 May 16
@infatuatedbby He was a very bad teacher and got fired at the end of the year. No matter what excuse he made, he never should have been given my number!
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• United States
25 May 16
@Lolaze I definitely agree. That is confidential. No one should know unless it's your parents.
@Daljinder (21544)
• India
25 May 16
I do not like to receive a call and having listen to them. Unless absolute emergency, I detest it when someone calls me. So, no I would not want my number given out like that.
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• United States
25 May 16
If it's an emergency situation, I guess I'd have to without owners consent but I agree, I would not want my number to be given out freely.
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@RubyHawk (25260)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 May 16
I have long phone calls with my family, but that's it for long phone calls.
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• United States
25 May 16
@RubyHawk It is nice to be able to communicate with family on the phone
• United States
25 May 16
I wont' give out a phone number but usually will ask for the persons number and have the person they are trying to contact call them instead. This way I'm not in the middle if someone doesn't want their number to be given out
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• United States
25 May 16
Yes I totally understand and thats a good solution. Ask for their card or number and tell them if my friends interested I will tell her to contact you or something. I don't want to give people's numbers out and I hope those with my number can respect that too.
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@RubyHawk (25260)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 May 16
I've never had a caller ask me for anyones number.
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
25 May 16
Very thoughtful indeed but she should of told you about the job and had you apply or talk to these people on your own, I think that was kind of rude of her to do that
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• United States
25 May 16
She didn't contact me until night time 10pm which I was already in bed and did not notice the call. She could have notified me sooner too. It is very thoughtful but I don't like my numbers given out.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
25 May 16
@infatuatedbby I feel the same way
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@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
26 May 16
Not good for me..have to lie always if i know.someone else's number. Well, except.for an emergency
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• United States
26 May 16
Yes for emergency is ok but depends on the emergency.
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@magallon (18090)
• Philippines
26 May 16
I certainly does not give other person's number to anybody unless they told me to. Something might happen to them because of me.
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• United States
26 May 16
Exactly, I feel the same way. I do not want to be blamed.
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@magallon (18090)
• Philippines
26 May 16
@infatuatedbby ... correct. So we must be very careful when it comes to giving out numbers.
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• United States
26 May 16
@magallon Exactly or at least ask before giving!
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@zarlamain (24525)
• United States
25 May 16
No, I've never done that. I find it bad manners and very rude to do so because technically, if you give out someone's number, you are burdening that person with calls they didn't want - and vice versa. I've never done this before and never had anyone do this to me before. However, people have asked me for numbers of friends and I always turned them down after asking my friends if it was okay, and it wasn't.
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• United States
25 May 16
It is very rude and she told me like later too at 10pm via text message. Note: I don't even talk to her now, like once a month if any for 5 mins via Facebook. I have not given numbers to some because they didn't want their numbers given. And I'll just tell the person ask her yourself.
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@zarlamain (24525)
• United States
25 May 16
@infatuatedbby I wouldn't talk to someone who gave away my number without my consent either. That's bad manners. I am the same way. I don't give out numbers and always ask beforehand.
• United States
25 May 16
@zarlamain I didn't respond to her text. It is thoughtful you thought about me but to give my number out. I hate picking up calls to numbers I don't know. I've had my number for over 15 years already.
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
26 May 16
The former work mate was so kind to think of you but also careless in my opinion? what make her think you want the job without first talking to you? Like you l never give phone numbers,if someone asks, l will take their number,then give it to the person they wanted the number if he/she wants contact he/she will call. I do get offended if someone gives my number without asking me first,so l do not give people`s number out without asking them.
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• United States
26 May 16
I know what you mean. It is very thoughtful to think of me, but you have to ask me prior to giving my number to a complete stranger who may or may not call. Still, they have my contact info and I do not know the person at all.
@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
26 May 16
@infatuatedbby and they might not even call you,why should they when they dont even have your CV,im sure they recieve enough applications,why spend time calling someone they know nothing about.
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• United States
27 May 16
@miniam I don't think they'll call me as I have not received any calls. And even if I do - I won't pick up and block. Still, I don't like my number given out like that.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 May 16
I gave my friend's number to one of our former roommates, the last time he was in Denver he had no idea how to get hold of our friend.
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• United States
26 May 16
Was your friend ok with it? But depends some friends are social but to a stranger, no no!!
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 May 16
@infatuatedbby - I told him I did it and why. He was cool with it.
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• United States
26 May 16
@teamfreak16 That's cool it worked out. I think men don't mind as much as though
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@sunrisefan (17911)
• Philippines
26 May 16
You're doing the right thing, Ms. Michelle :)
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• United States
26 May 16
I'd never want to give anyones phone number just like how I'd like people to respect my number too! It isn't something I openly give to people either.
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@sunrisefan (17911)
• Philippines
26 May 16
@infatuatedbby It's a matter of "Do not do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you" - a quote from the Bible :)
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• United States
26 May 16
I never give out anyone's personal information without asking their permission first. I think it's very rude. I had a friend give out my phone number to someone and then ask me afterwards if it was ok. Well, it was a little late to be asking me that...
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• United States
26 May 16
Yeah I know what you mean. Kind of late to tell me she gave it out too. She didn't even say if it was ok. Just by the way if a girl named so, so calls I gave your number out because I remember you were interested.. Gee, thanks right?!
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• United States
27 May 16
@infatuatedbby Yeah, that would make me upset...lol
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@AkoPinay (11809)
• Philippines
30 May 16
Depends on who is asking and who owns the number. When I was a secretary of course I should know to whom I will give my boss's number without asking permission everytime. If a new client called at office landline and I know it is very important I give my boss's cellphone number if he is out. I screen callers/ visitors carefully before giving any info or other contact details of my boss. For personal, I have no problem I just ignore unwanted calls/msgs or block them. No big deal. I am using prepaid cellphones and I can change number anytime I want. I use more than one cellphone and one is private.
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• United States
30 May 16
That is good you screen calls for your boss. I am sure your boss will not be happy with solicit calls. For my personal, I have had my number for over 10 years so I don't want unwanted calls.
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• Saudi Arabia
27 May 16
I dont give out other peoples phone number without their consent unless necessary. And I would feel bad too if someone will give out my number without my permission.
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• United States
27 May 16
I agree. I do not give out anyones personal information without consent too. I find it rude if one does so.
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@aarifa (1212)
• India
26 May 16
This is good policy. I give my number only to my parents and friends.
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• United States
26 May 16
Same here. I don't give #'s out to anyone else.
@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
26 May 16
Like you, I never do that without checking with the person first. It's the same with emails.
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• United States
26 May 16
I haven't had anyone ask for emails but I would do the same, check with the person first!
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@TRBRocks420 (77557)
• Banks, Oregon
26 May 16
I don't give out peoples numbers either, because don't want mine given out.
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• United States
26 May 16
Same here! I always think of how I want my number to be treated. In privacy!
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