Tuesday, May 6, 2008

WFMW: One More!

I just finished posting my Doesn't-Work-for-Me-Wednesday tip, then the phone rang and I was compelled to submit another.

We had to get a new phone number when we moved recently. The guy at the telephone company gave me my choice of several numbers. I chose one that had a cool-sounding pattern, similar to this one (this is NOT my real phone number):

(555) 535-3131

I thought:



Easy to remember!

In reality:

Wrong numbers!

Lots of them!

All day long!

All night long!

It's not just one phone number that is getting confused with ours. People have thought that we are a restaurant, a transportation company, a doctor's office, and the home of someone named Eunice. Seems like it is just too easy to misdial a number like this.

This is not fun.

For more What Doesn't Work for Me, visit Shannon's blog, Rocks in my Dryer!


Kari & Kijsa said...

We had this happen when we were given the number of a former pie shop! we had pie orders left on the machine all the time!!
kari & kijsa

Awesome Mom said...

One time we ended up getting the number of a woman that had a boyfriend in prison. He would call collect all the time. I would not answer but then I would get messages on my answering machine with things like "Baby please pick up". It was so frustrating and annoying. I was so glad that we did not live in that area long and did not have to keep the number for very long.

Angela said...

Our phone number begins with a 9 and then a one and then the next three digits are an area code (not OUR area code, but a valid one). So.....we get a gazillion calls from folks who think they have to "dial a 9" to get an outside line and then dial 1 followed by the area code and then any number that begins with the last two digits of our number. This is especially frequent with fax machines that are set up incorrectly. It took me several YEARS of fax machines calling me (repeatedly - when the faxes don't go through they usually think there was just a transmission problem and will try over and over and over again) and wrong numbers to figure out what was happening. In fact, I think I need to blog about this fun myself.

Mrs Nespy said...

Great tip that I've never considered. Sure, it seems natural to go with an easy one, but I can see where that would be a problem! Thanks for the tip!

The Apron Queen said...

My in-laws had an 867-5309 ph#. No lie. They changed it when everyone kept calling for Jennny. Remember the song?! :D

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Anonymous said...

My Cell Number has only 3's 2's and 5's in it.
you would be amazed at the number of people who leave messages on my voice mail saying. Gina,(or trina or susan etc.) gave them this # last night at the bar, and could I please put them in touch with her. Only with the most persistant have I had to say "DUDE! she gave you a bogus number! it just happens to match mine!"

Mrs Nehemiah