When you CALL a WRONG NUMBER do you HANG UP or APOLOGIZE?

United States
April 4, 2007 9:57am CST
As some of you may know (from previous discussions of mine) I get a ton of WRONG NUMBERS, being blessed with a dealership number in the phone book and now a church who has a number similar to us our phone is always ringing. So when you call a wrong number do you just hang up? or do you ask what numbered you dialed? or do you apologize for calling the wrong number? what do you do?
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@joluha (342)
4 Apr 07
I would always apologise and say I had wrong number..it's only polite. I have had people call and just hang up and find it really annoying as I am then wondering who it was for ages. It only takes a second to say sorry...
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
5 Apr 07
that's nice of you to say. you are right. it won't hurt for us to say sorry. it's always better to be polite.
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@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
4 Apr 07
If a call a wrong number I apologize to the person that answered there phone. I just think it shows respect to the person you mistakenly called.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
4 Apr 07
i always apologise for calling the wrong number..it seems only right to extend this courtesy...i wish more would extend it to me when they reach my number by mistake
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• Singapore
4 Apr 07
If I am sure I dialed the right number, I will confirm the number by reading out the one I dialed. I wouldn't ask what number I have dialed because that would be rude. So if it is really the "correct" number, I will try see if the person I am dialing has changed his number. Otherwise if I have really pressed the wrong number, then I will say sorry and hang up. This is the ONLY way to do it. People should have manners. :P
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@gberlin (3836)
5 Apr 07
When I dial a wrong number I apologize. Only once did the person I apologized to get angry. It was early on a Saturday morning and my wife just gave birth to my daughter, our firstborn. I had already called family members and was starting on the local friends numbers. I was tired and happy at the same time but my tiredness was winning. I dialed the wrong number to my friend's house and after I apologized they just got angry with me and told me I should be more careful in dialing the phone. I hung up but I was still happy!
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
5 Apr 07
I will say: Oh I am so sorry, I must have dialed the wrong number and then tell them to have a nice day and apologize again. I am raised to be very polite. I just hate it when people hangup without saying a thing and I would never do that...
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
5 Apr 07
I think it's etiquette to apologize to the person you have disturbed at the other end of the phone, when you put yourself in their shoes and someone did that to you, what would you expect? An apology, exactly. I have never hung up, it's rude. If I make a mistake I will be adult about it and take responsibility, sorry to some people is the hardest word to say!
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@GardenGerty (115259)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I say, "I am sorry, I was dialing ###-#### " at which point they often say,"You reached ***-****" and I apologize again. Sometimes, if the number I thought I was getting was actually the one I got, and it was wrong, I say, "I was calling John Smith." and the response would be that he used to have that number, or did I try a different exchange, and so on. I do not usually get wrong numbers. I receive the calls more often, and if they ask for Betty and I say, no, this is not she, I ask for a last name, and then we again do the phone number confirmation thing. Not too bad, really, but it does not happen to me often.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
5 Apr 07
i sometimes dial the wrong number. it's so embarrassing actually. what i do is apologize. it's the best i can do. and yet, there are some who are mad even if i explained my part. if so, i just say my last sorry and hung up.
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
4 Apr 07
It really depends on who/what I've called. If it is a privete # I will apologize, if it is a business it again depends on why kind & how the phone is answered. I hear you about the number. I once had a # that had a 4 instead of 7 difference from a major bank. And I was a day sleeper at the time. I finally got the number changed after a few months of people accusing me of lying about my number not being the bank.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
4 Apr 07
i always appologise because i know how threatening a missed call can be
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• United States
4 Apr 07
I don't make a lot of phone calls but on the occasion that I do dial the wrong number, I'll say something along the lines of, "I'm so sorry to have bothered you, you have a nice day now." and then I hang up. It doesn't cost me a thing to be apologetic and nice, especially when I've interrupted someone's day that I shouldn't have reached in the first place.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
i apologize
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Hahahahaha! I laugh because of my reactions to wrong numbers. There have been many and will be many more wrong numbers for me. Most times I carry on a conversation with the wrong number. It's just the type of person I am. I love talking a lot it seems. There have been a couple that kept up the chatting. But most hang up rudely on me which is funny in itself. Thanks and have a great day. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I usually say "Oh I am so sorry I must have dialed the wrong number"....it is embarassing but I don't want them to wonder who just hung up on them or whatever, I think it is rude to just hang up. And with caller ID now people can call you back and ask what you wanted =)
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I usually apoligized. that would be rude if you didn't. I would noyt like it is someone hang up on my.
@caribe (2465)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I always apologize if I have dialed the wrong number. It is the right thing to do. When you just hang up you leave the person wondering what the call was about.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Just checking all my BR's I've recieved. Thanks for the BR here also. It's greatly appreciated. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~