Came home to a message on my home phone

@dragon54u (31636)
United States
April 25, 2008 3:42pm CST
I couldn't figure out who it was because it was a woman leaving a message for "Mom" and it was really important, she said. I only have sons so I knew it wasn't for me! I called her back (I have caller ID) and she thanked me for letting her know that her mom wouldn't be calling her only because of a wrong number. We talked a minute and I wished her a good day. Would you let someone know they left their message at the wrong number, or would you not? The woman sounded very upset in her message and I didn't want her to be mad at her mom or hurt because she didn't get the call. I know I would appreciate it.
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25 Apr 08
I am still brand new at this responding to the post thingy, I accidentally commented under the one above...I'll figure it out.:)
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@foxyfire33 (10005)
• United States
25 Apr 08
It's alright! I'm sure we all did that when we first started. "respond to this discussion" is for when you want to make you very own response to the discussion. "add comment" is when you want to add something to someone elses response. It's much less confusing when you start your own discussion because the "add comment" is your only option so what you want to say goes where it belongs! Welcome to mylot!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Please tell him that many, many of us appreciate his service. Because of him, my children are safe and I was able to raise them as I saw fit, not what some government thought I should raise them as. We can go where we want, when we want, as much as we like (or can afford!) and say what we wish at anytime. I don't think that most people think of that very often, but I thank him for his service to me and my family.
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26 Apr 08
Thanks guys for the welcome, hubby is an Army Veteran. And oh my goodness I do believe I am already addicted to this site.:)
@gemini_rose (16264)
25 Apr 08
Yes, I think that I would, I think that if I had picked up that the person sounded upset then I would. It would not be fair not too, and it might cause a fall out in a family too! I would only do it if I thought the person sounded nice though, I would not do it for anyone.
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25 Apr 08
For the longest time I had a lady that left voice mails telling her boss that she was going to be late, or just plain not going to be at work that day. I finally called her and told her that she had the wrong number, but she kept on doing it. Not sure what wasn't computing with her thinking, but I am really curious to know if she is still employed with this guy, because she was calling in at least 2x a week. Go figure...:)
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I can see why you wouldn't, if it was a run of the mill social call. I get a lot of wrong numbers on my phone for some reason, I've been here less than a year so people probably had this number before me. The only ones that irritate me are people calling late at night or before 6am. I always think one of my sons is in trouble or one of my family is ill. Turns out the callers usually are just calling a friend to chat! Arrgghh!! I try to be polite, though.
@hcpoirot (1562)
• Indonesia
26 Apr 08
dragon, maybe you can ask your son or your family just to call you though your handphone. and just plug the phone when you wnet to sleep and plug it on after you awake.
@foxyfire33 (10005)
• United States
25 Apr 08
It would depend on the message. If it was like what you descibed then yes I would return the call to explain. Recently s/o got a voice message on his cell that was definitely not for him...it was from a guy to another guy and mentioned his "sweet @ss" and "hooking up" later...and those were the polite parts. We did not call to explain it was a wrong number.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
25 Apr 08
OMG, how embarrassing it would be for that caller if you called him back to let him know he had a wrong number!!
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@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
25 Apr 08
One time, while on the way home from work, I kept getting texts from someone calling me baby, and eventually telling me she was pregnant. I texted back in spanish, although the person didn't text in spanish. I also texted in english before and after texting in spanish. I found out right after that it was one of my best friends. At the same time, that I found it funny it also concerned me because I thought some man out there didn't know that his girl was pregnant.
@p1kef1sh (45681)
26 Apr 08
i think that if the woman sounded desperate I would make an attempt to contact her. Two weird things have happened to me ion the past that might make me a little suspicious though. Firstly I received a message once from a man asking me to call him back. I didn't notice that it was a premium number and did so. I then had about five minutes of abuse about having an affair with the guy's wife - which I hadn't. IN fact the call was a tape and a prank that cost me about $20! Secondly, I had a message once from a man, I know not who, who used my actual first name, and said that he had the pictures and would meet me at the prison at 2 o'clock! How I wished I could know more about that one.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Good grief!! Were you scared with the second one? I think that would creep me out. I would've called the cops, I think, though they probably wouldn't have done anything. Sorry you had that prank, it wasn't very funny! I don't know why people think $20 isn't much money but they don't and have no qualms about someone spending that much on their stupid prank.
@p1kef1sh (45681)
26 Apr 08
I wasn't scared. I thought that the guy probably had the wrong number and that it was a coincidence that his friend and I have the same first name. I would have loved to know what the story was about though. I really hoped that he would call me back so that I could find out. But it has never happened.
@selby70 (283)
25 Apr 08
Yes I would also have called her back, I would hate to think of her waiting on her mum calling her back when she had not received the phone call.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Exactly what I thought. I know that at times in my life I've needed my mother desperately, and it sounded as if that was the case. How hurtful it would've been to her not to receive a return call.
@saundyl (9783)
• Canada
25 Apr 08
I have let people know they left a message at the wrong number...when the message sounds important. When its something like hey marsha call me...I dont. Once i had a lady leave a message for Sam saying that yes she needed a ride the next day to the hospital for her surgery and She would be ready by 7 am. I figured that was pretty important and i called her to let her know she had left it at the wrong number. She was very appreciative and was glad because after leaving the messae she hadnt tried Sam again.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
25 Apr 08
You really saved that lady a lot of trouble and distress! I'm very likely to call if it's important like that or a relationship would be affected. But not normal chit-chat, that can wait and they probably forget who they called, anyway!
@saundyl (9783)
• Canada
1 May 08
Thank you for the BR.
@sedel1027 (17846)
• Cupertino, California
25 Apr 08
If she was upset, I would call. We get wrong numbers all the time and half the time you can't understand the messgage
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Don't you hate that?! You go to get the message and the playback sounds like someone is trying to talk with a mouth full of mush, or background noise is so bad you can't understand them. You're left wondering if it was something you needed to take care of or it was a wrong number! Luckily, my sons have a different area code so if it's not an area code in the southwest U.S., I don't worry so much. I shouldn't worry at all. I guess it comes with motherhood!
@lucy02 (5016)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I have before. I think someone called to cancel a doctor's appointment and called me by mistake. I called them back and told them they left the message at a wrong number. I know some doctors will bill you if you don't cancel and appointment far enough in advance.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Yes, that's more and more common. They need to cram in those patients as much as possible or they can't pay their insurance or their employees. I don't know how the docs make it nowadays! That was nice of you to do that.
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I have had that happen after getting a new phone number.Icalled the person and left a message letting them know what had happened.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I got a lot of wrong numbers when I first got my phone. I guess if we got a lot of calls like that we could always have a recorded message that says if you're looking for so-and-so, you have a wrong number and if not, wait and we'll pick up the phone! That's nice of you to let them know.
@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Apr 08
I had something similar happen to me a few days ago.I live in a gated apartment complex witha car gate and a pedistrian gate. my phone rand and I answered it ; this sort of scared young sound came one,please can you let me in I forgot my key ": well I had no idea who the little boy was but we had a huge number of children here as it is a large complex so I said dont worry I will let you in just open the gate when the buzzer sounds so then I pressed nine on the phone keypad and hopefully the little guy got in. I dont know why he rang my code number but am guessing he was scared and pressed the first combination of numbers he saw. I got another call simalar but not quite this was a young woman who sounded very drunk and she said to me I am on Newport and i amn waiting well this time I did not buzz the gate as I don't think she lived here and again she just hit thefirst combo she saw.Several times I have got nurse calls to remind someone of their appointment with the doctor and it was for someone else so I looked up this persons phone number and told them about the message and was gratefully thanked.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
You really went out of your way to help the people by looking up their numbers, you're a most considerate person! It's scary that people can buzz others in, isn't it? A security measure like the gate is only as good as its weakest link and when someone can punch random numbers and reach a resident that could wreck the whole thing. What if that young woman reached someone else, got in and then created mischief of some sort? You seem to be careful of who you buzz in the others might not be. Could be something you'd want to bring up at the next community meeting!
• United States
26 Apr 08
Yes, I would have done the same thing. Before caller ID, I had a message from a Doctor, he was wanting the man to come in as soon as possible, the man's test results were in. I only had a first name, no way I could find out who this man was. I have always wondered how it turned out for that guy.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Don't feel badly about it. I used to work temp positions in medical offices and when we called someone we'd put their file in a special box. When they returned the call, we'd pull the file and note the call. If they didn't call after the period of time we'd noted for callback, we called again, and again until we reached them. They reached the man, don't worry! Medical offices are very methodical about the calls they make to and receive from patients. I only hope his test results were good!
• Canada
26 Apr 08
If it sounded like it was important, I would most definitely call them back. I would want someone to do the same for me. Good for you for letting her know her mom wasn't just ignoring her.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Yeah, I'd feel awful if I called my mom and she didn't call me back, especially if I said it was important. My mom always has the answering machine on because of all the telemarketers. She refuses to sign up for the no-call list because she thinks it will cost her money no matter how many times I assure her it won't!
@hcpoirot (1562)
• Indonesia
26 Apr 08
I will called the person back. imagine if it was my call andmy family, I will feel frustated if my family didnot call meback. And all just cause I dial the wrong number. It was the right thing to do. :)
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Exactly! We need to put ourselves in the places of others and then doing the nice and considerate thing is easy!
• United States
26 Apr 08
I have the same problem. I constantly have people calling for the woman who had my number before me. And seriously they must want her real bad, they are still calling my house for her four years later. I tell them that I don't know her, and I have never known her, and to please stop calling. Well then I was getting mail for her,from the same people. You would think that the number of times I have sent it back to them that they would get the hint. I cannot get rid of these people, no matter what I have told them. They now call me from a private number, because I too have caller id. The wonders of technology, it is wonderful. But I ticks me off to the point that I now use a whistle to make them get the picture. She doesn't live here anymore. Anyone else out there that is going through the same thing I feel for you.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
That can be so irritating! I'm still getting mail for the woman who lived here before the guy I bought my house from and he owned it for twelve years!! Good grief, you'd think people would file a change of address and let their friends know where they are!
• United States
25 Apr 08
I would if you could tell it was something important. I get a lot of wrong numbers. However, I have left a few messages and never get a call back. Then realize I have the wrong number. Sometimes I would call a number a few times a day. If the people would just call me back and tell me I had that wrong number I would have been very appreciative. But no, they get mad you call 10 times a day, go figure. If someone leaves one message and didnt sound important I havnt called back. But when people call over and over I do call back just to tell them they have the wrong number.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I feel kind of sorry for those people who keep getting the same wrong number. Their friends or family sometimes don't think to give them a new number and it's sad that they're forgotten. Most often, people are just disorganized when they move but a lot of people take it personally. I do, though I know I shouldn't!
@SomeCowgirl (32191)
• United States
25 Apr 08
We also have caller id, and when we move plan to have it for ourselves. Depending on the number (area it was from) and the sound of the person's voice, I would answer or call back. If the person sounded as if they were pranking or if they weren't that concerned, or possibly mad I would definitely not consider calling back.
@reene0225 (351)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Yea if I got a message that was important for someone that wasn't in my home. If it were an unimportant message then probably not. I'd definitely appreciate it if the person called me back to let me know of the mistake.