What will you do if someone called in the middle of the night?

Philippines
December 4, 2009 12:29am CST
Let me give you a situation. You're really tired from work or school. You've been so stressed out and really wanted to have a break. The night came that you will have nothing to worry about tomorrow because finally it's your off day. All you ever wanted is to sleep as much as you can... Then suddenly, at the middle of the night, where you've really knocked out, your phone rang and it sounds louder everytime... What will you do? Are you going to pretend you didn't hear it and try to sleep again? Would you turn off the phone? What if you answered and the caller just wanted to have a chitchat?
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@Baluyadav (3643)
• India
4 Dec 09
hi,in,it is really deend on the seriousness of the situation..when it is for just time pass,i will retend like sleeping/tell some lie...if it is genuine situation where one has to attend,i definately atten even in ninght times also. Have a nice time.
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• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Yes. It really depends. But sometimes, I just hate my friends who call in the middle of the night just to give me the latest gossip in town. I don't like it. If they don't have anything to do, well then they must think that the person they're calling has a life of his own too right!? Oh, I'm sorry for saying all this here :)
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@youless (99305)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Dec 09
I think at first I will pick up the phone. Otherwise it will keep ringing and it will be much more bothering. Perhaps it is an emergent call. If not, then be sure I will be mad because it is really unsuitable to make a call so late. I love China
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• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Yes, you're right. And the more it rings, the more irritated you will get. I might as well grab up the phone and slam it back. LOL. Nobody would ever loved to be called too late when tired.
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@ckyera (17342)
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
huh! this is definitely one annoying situation...and actually i really hate it when the phone rings in the middle of my sleep! given the situation, i think no matter how tired i am, i will definitely pick up the phone (that is if it manage to wakes me up) haha i will pick up the phone coz it might be an important call, specially on my part that our line is usually used for my husbands work and usually calls are coming from his superiors... but when its not that important call and its just from a friend who likes to chit chat, forgive me but i might give her a boring and irritated voice! haha let her feel that i am not in the mood of talking non sense and maybe i will just tell her how tired i am and i want some rest...call tomorrow afternoon! haha have a good day!
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• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Right! You have the guts... Go girl.Haha. I wish I could do the same. But whenever my friends call, I always answer them nomatter what. Even if its just another nonsense conversation. I wonder why my friends aren't sensitive enough to feel that I'm not in the mood for talking! Duh!
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@ckyera (17342)
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
haha...maybe you are too kind to them! and they feel that its just perfectly okay with you even if they disturbed you in the middle of the night! on my part, my friends already knew me..coz whenever i am with them, i usually tell them that i don't like being disturbed on my sleep! haha maybe you can try telling to your friends how you feel when you are together but of course in a very nice & polite way that they will not be offended!
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• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Thanks for your advice... I will consider it. But then again, I'm just good on telling that to others. What you've said is the same thing I said to others who ask for my advice. But then, I can't bring myself on doing that. I hope I'll be able to get enough courage and tell that to my friends in the coolest way I can... Thanks!
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@Sir_bobby88 (8242)
• Singapore
4 Dec 09
Well depend on what the call is about , i might just slam the phone laugh out loud.
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• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Yeah, right. Haha. I don't really want that to happen to me. I might just end up waking the next morning without even remembering the previous' night conversation on the phone. LOL
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@lindiebiz (1013)
• Canada
5 Dec 09
I will ignore it initially, I hate being disturbed when I am sleeping cause sometimes when I wake up, it is difficult to go back to sleep. However, if it is persisitent, I will answer it thinking it is for an emergency, if it is for a chit chat, I would tell him to call in the morning.
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• Philippines
7 Dec 09
I have the same reaction as you do...I will ignore the first ring. Knowing my friends, they don't know when is the right time to call.
@nawanta (328)
• Indonesia
4 Dec 09
I doubt my self to hear the phone ringing :p My friends told me that i always sleep like a deadman. I didn't hear any noise at all when i sleep. Anyway, if i hear the phone ringing in the middle of the night, i'll pick it up, maybe it's important call.
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• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Wow! You were just like my sister. Anyway, you're right. People who receive call in the middle of the night will always have the instant instinct that it's important and needed to be answered.
@Nameless_ (1180)
• Australia
4 Dec 09
Actually, I would pick up the phone... because I will initially first thing that something is wrong and someone is in trouble. But if the caller just wanted to have a chit chat... well, then, I will try and do my best to chat with them (I'm such a nice person). If they continue for ages, I will politely say that I am tired and hopefully they will get the hint. If they don't then I will say that I am really tired and I will call them tomorrow. :)
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• Philippines
4 Dec 09
That's so kind and so nice of you... Yeah, you're such a nice person. And I wish I could that. But really, whenever my friends call me, even if I am so wasted and tired, I will still try to slap myself just to be able to go on with the conversation even if its nonsense. Whoah, so I am nicer than you are? Haha just kidding. By the way, I like your username. Thanks for your response!
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@aljh88 (223)
• Singapore
4 Dec 09
hmmm i would definitely answer it as i am a light sleeper...it really depends on who is on the other line..if its just a normal friend i would say..i talk to you another time..but if it is someone close i would talk i guess.hahah
• Philippines
5 Dec 09
Yeah.. That was always the case me me. I cannot ignore the call because I'm a light sleeper too! But even if I'm stressed out and all that, I would still answer it. I could even stay longer than I wanted. :(
@aljh88 (223)
• Singapore
5 Dec 09
hahaha..ya..i would sometimes linger longer than what my body can take..its not good i guess
• Philippines
6 Dec 09
It's really no good! Sometimes I hate myself for being too kind to my friends. But at least, being kind is better than being rude, right? Oww!
@aerous (13461)
• Philippines
5 Dec 09
I just answer the phone. Because we don't know if this is an important called from relatives or friend.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Yes, you're right. Thanks for your response..
@aerous (13461)
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Don't mind about it. Your most welcome!!
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
Okay:)
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
6 Dec 09
There should be a time limit on callers in the first place. I'd mad if one of my friends called when they knew I was asleep , which by the way is early---- But, if it became a problem, I'd unplug that phone and let the machine/voice mail handle it . If it's an emergency they'd have to come get me out of bed. There is just a time and place for everything.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Yeah... When the matter is really needed to be discussed right away, there would always be a way for them to get you. But if its not so important, they might as well let the person sleep first. That's what my friends can't truly understand! Urgh!
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
7 Dec 09
They are not friends if they do not respect your sleeping time. Take that phone off the hook and get some rest.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Oww. Right! I really have to realize that. I'm having a second thought about our friendship..Urgh!
@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
5 Dec 09
See this would not happen to me. If I seriously wanted a break, the first thing I would think to do is turn off the ringer on my phones. Cheers.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Nice, nice nice! Whoah! I think I've got a nice idea here. LOL Thanks for your response! Woah!
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@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
7 Dec 09
Thank you. I am used to giving the advice, just turn your phone off, but many people seem to use the mobile phones as alarm clocks in this day and age. Since, I encountered that argument so many times, I thought to tell them to just turn off the ringer. A few people still have issues with that one. To me though, sleep is the very most important. Cheers.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Yeah, right. I love sleeping and I don't want to be disturbed! Urrgh! But then, like those people whom you've encountered, I also use my phone as an alarm. Now, I will probably buy an alarm clock so I could turn my phone off when I'm not expecting an important call. Gee
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• Bahrain
12 Dec 09
If it was nothing important or an emergency, I'd tell them to fk off and hang up the phone in their face, and then do the same to them a couple of times just to have them taste how it feels like to lose your most beautiful slumber over their stupid call :P
• Philippines
15 Dec 09
hahaha... that is so funny. i always wish i could od the same thong to my friends..urgh
• Bahrain
30 Dec 09
hehe, you need guts girl, guts :P if you don't say anything about them calling in the middle of the night the first time then they'll call a second, and if you still don't say anything then they'll go on and on and on.. you need to put a stop to it from the first time, only let them call for an emergency, and I mean a 'real' emergency not "oh my god I just broke my nail!" kinda thing. My mom used to do the same darn thing, she's upstairs still awake at two in the morning and suddenly feels like calling her sleeping lil' girl, boy was I mad! I didn't shout or yell or talk it off with her later or anything like that, but it was very obvious in my tone that I'm really p!ssed off, and she never called me in the middle of the night again :P works like a charm, yeh?
• Philippines
14 Jan 10
LOL that was funny.... I agree-perhaps you've got the charm which seems like I don't have :)) LOL but I'm working on it!
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
7 Dec 09
Unfortunately, this used to happen to me with alarming frequency. I was always polite, so I didn't blow up at them. At first. If there's a knock or call, even in the middle of the night, I answer it. It could be an emergency. But after a few years of people taking advantage of me not screaming at them when they "just wanted to chat" in the middle of the night, I became quite vicious. Now, if you knock on my door, or call me in the middle of the night, it had better be something serious. I will answer that knock or call, but if it's just something silly, you will NEVER forget meeting me without my nice face on. Those people will cross to the other side of the street after dealing with me like that.
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
Owww.. Scary you! But that's right. People will only try to take an advantage if you are so kind to them without any limitations. Just like me.
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• Malaysia
9 Dec 09
Yes they are my friends. They have to respect me. Since I am fast asleep, they shouldn't wait up just to borrow things. Why should I lend them when there is no respect or courtesy.
• Philippines
9 Dec 09
Right! People can be that cruel sometimes. Even close friends can be that bad. Hoooh!
@ybong007 (6656)
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
If the call came from someone i know then i would answer the phone. People don't just call in the middle in the night just to have a chit chat. If they do, they must comfortable enough that think you don't mind. I would answer the phone because the message could be important but if it's not you can tell the other person to call you again in the morning.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Yes.. But my friends are really so comfortable to call with me anytime,. It takes a lot of hard work to convey them the message that I needed to rest! Urgh
@ybong007 (6656)
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Well i guess you have to put your phone on silent mode so your friends will know that you're already sleeping when you don't answer the phone. This way, they can still be comfortable calling you anytime they want without them bothering you. Because friends are just like that. Cheers!
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Oh yeah, friends will always be friends. Even if they know that you have to get some rest, they will still tend to bother you, right!? Urgh... Well, I'm going to keep that in mind. Thanks!
• Pamplona, Spain
6 Dec 09
Hiya invisible, If I can see who´s calling on the little screen well I might pick it up. If it´s someone I don´t know then I´m afraid it would get the pick up and slam down or turn down the volume which I cannot do with this Phone. Phone callers like that don´t annoy me I just ignore them and they get fed up in the end. It works for me anyhow.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Wow, nice one.. I h ope it will work for me too :)
• Pamplona, Spain
7 Dec 09
Hiya invisible, Best way to treat them. Unless it´s an emergency to call in the middle of the night is something that I just don´t do not even to any Family members. Hope you don´t get anymore of those midnight phone calls like that.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Yeah. I hope so, too! Thanks...
• India
6 Dec 09
Hi friend one must pickup and listen the call atleast one should know who is at the other end and must looking for the reason for caling. as an worker it may be your of time but as an human and close friend or relative it is your duty to listen the caller and must understand the need of time. It may be a chit caht call cal but one can pickup and tel the caller clearly that your are not free for all these act.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Yes... Right!
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• India
7 Dec 09
thanks , you are so good in responding.
• Philippines
8 Dec 09
Owww. Thank you!
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 Dec 09
Hi Invisible lady, If i know whose calling--I will answer the phone especially if the call is from the province where my mom lives or anybody from my friends and officemates. I know if they call especially late night something is wrong that i need to know. But if i don't know who's calling i will not take the call and just put my cellphone on silent mode so if ever it will ring again, i will not be disturbed from my sleep. she/he ca just leave a message.
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
yeah... that's a better act. :)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Dec 09
at least i can still check on it anytime just in case messages came in or even a missed call. i can return the call immediately or text back. no reason that i will not be reached or i will not have the chance to know and reply back!
• Philippines
7 Dec 09
Yes... That is so true!
@Wizzywig (7858)
4 Dec 09
I'd always answer it because I'd assume it was some sort of emergency. If it was someone just wanting to talk, it would depend on WHO it was. Assuming the person wasn't in any sort of trouble or danger, I'd probably give them 10minutes and then politely tell them I'd call back when I wasn't so tired... tho' if I hadn't got to work the next morning I might welcome the chance to forget about the stresses of the previous day and chat to them.
• Philippines
5 Dec 09
Yeah.. I bet you're a kind and nice person. Just like the others who responded here.
@Wizzywig (7858)
5 Dec 09
Not particularly... I just talk a lot
• Philippines
6 Dec 09
Uwaaah! Just like me. Well, that might be the major reason why I can't ignore phone calls even if I want to take a rest--because I am a talkative! LOL
@aguas_aj (501)
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
well, it really depends, if it's my mom or sister or my child or husband or any close relative , I might answer the phone just to know what it's about.But if not, I might just put the cellphone far far from my bed and if its a landline, then I'll unplug it.
• Philippines
5 Dec 09
Haha... I laughed at putting the phone far from your bed! LOL. WHy don't you just turn it off and give yourself a peace? :)
@aguas_aj (501)
• Philippines
5 Dec 09
well, simply because I dont want to give any bad or negative impression to the caller by turning the phone while he or she is calling. I'd rather make him/her think that I did not heard his call that's why I missed it.
• Philippines
6 Dec 09
Oww.. Right! Haha. LOL. I'm laughing because I remembered myself when someone is trying to call me. Well, the case is I don't like to talk with that person. But the call is on the morning so there's no way I can escape. But I don't really want to talk with that person so I just wrapped my hand around my cellphones speaker. That way, the ring sound would be lessen. I'm so bad!
• United States
18 Jan 10
I would answer, but if the person did not really need anything, I would politely tell them that I'm tired and will call them back the next day.
• Philippines
20 Jan 10
That was the nicest thing to do :) thanks for your response! Happy myLotting!
• United States
20 Jan 10
Yes, I think most people understand when someone is too tired to talk.