Just curious to see what kind of odd calls and texts you’ve all received.
A few weeks ago, I was getting ready to head home from work when I got a phone call from an unknown number, with an area code from a nearby city (I don’t know anyone who lives there), and I ignored it. I was still at work and didn’t have the time to answer. I typically don’t answer unknown numbers and figure they’ll text or leave a voicemail if it’s really meant for me. A few minutes later, I got a voicemail. I left work and listened to it… it was a little kid, maybe 5 or 6, asking to speak to her grandmother.
I’m sure some of you have more entertaining, more outlandish stories than that one.
I used to get calls/voicemails from on older couple who were trying to call their granddaughter. We usually just laughed about it, but I felt really bad when they called and as soon as I answered they sang happy birthday to me… I felt awful when I had to tell them they had called me again, and not their granddaughter!
I get random voicemails and texts all the time. One VM was from a man saying something about a guy not wanting to settle. I am guessing it was a lawyer? Then I get texts from a number I don’t know saying your friend”Michelle” wants you to see this link….. I will not answer them.
A looooong time ago when I had a land line, I got the weirdest call when I moved somewhere new and got a new number. The man asked for Janet, and when I said she was no longer at this number, he proceeded to talk to me! Apparently Janet was part of a party line or match up type phone service. Thankfully he backed off after I started talking about my then long-term BF.
I recently had an encounter where I was the one making the weird phone call. I am a teacher and was calling our local subbing company(everything is outsourced these days) and had written down the wrong area code! Instead of calling a town away in West Michigan, I accidentally called Trinidad & Tobago. Oops! The guy couldn’t figure out who Lori was let alone why I wanted to add a district.
Back when texting was first popular, my dad would constantly get sexts from a random number he didn’t know. He didn’t know how to text back then, so the messages would go unanswered. After several months of random sexts, he finally went to the store to ask how to tell this lady to knock it off.
Ugh, today actually, I got a 5 am text from a local number that I didn’t recognize. The text simply said “thong?” Usually I sleep fine through texts but ive been sleeping horribly this week, and it just happened to wake me up. After a few confused minutes, I texted back “No! And who is this? I’m going to kill you for waking me up at 5am! ” Lol they didn’t reply.
Since I’ve had my new phone number I get odd calls all the time. Once I got a call from a school about “my child” (and I have none). They kept calling and leaving voicemails until I finally answered and told them I didn’t know what they were talking about. Also, I got this strange voice-text message from a guy trying to wish his mother a happy mothers day. Too bad, it was very heartfelt.
Many years ago, I got a couple of phone calls asking about my “services”. From the questions they were asking (and the way they asked), it sure sounded like they thought they were calling a prostitute. My best guess is that our phone number was one digit different.
Once I was driving down a dark, unfamiliar road when the voicemail noise came from my phone. It never rang, was just a voicemail. It was this woman’s voice, all frantic and wavering, saying “Goodbye!…..Goodbye!” and nothing else. It really freaked me out.
I wonder if she ever realized she had the wrong number.
A few years ago I got this crazy voice mail from some random guy..most of it was just a bunch of crazy rambling, and at the end he was making loud rooster noises. My sister and I couldn’t stop laughing the first time I listened to it.
I’ve got one.
Last year I had applied to graduate school and was waiting for photo calls regarding interviews. So, I was in this room using an Ellison machine when my phone rang, and I answered it. It sounded like an older woman and she asked if she could speak to Inspector Campbell.
When I told my FI this story, he said in response, “Did you patch her through?”
I had a hilarious random text once too but I can’t remember it anymore, sadly.
I got a vm from a guy the other day. He sounded kind of drunk and mumbly but I think he thought he had called his girlfriend. He was trying to apologize for something. I felt bad that she never got that voicemail. He seemed genuinely sorry for whatever it was he had done.
One time while I was still in high school I’d just gotten home from school and our land line rang. The lady on the other end of the line sounded very familiar but I couldn’t place her voice. I asked who it was and she said, “It’s Grandma!” I felt terrible and apologized. She started asking me about school, but it was weird – she was asking me about clubs I didn’t belong to and people I didn’t know. Finally I said, “Um, ma’am, what’s your granddaughter’s name?” We quickly established that we were total strangers, but we were both shocked at how much she sounded like my grandma and how much I sounded like her granddaughter! We just laughed it off and said goodbye. She was a nice lady but damn was that awkward!
The guy that lived in the apartment before us must have had a falling out with his folks and never told them he moved. They called and left sad messages for three years, even after we finally caught a call once and told them we’d been there for years. That was kind of sad. However, we could recite the entire “Aaaandrew, this is your moooother” message she left every time.
I also once got a sext from my mother. No amount of alcohol can make you forget that (particularly when your friends find it hilarious). *shudder*
I’ve got really odd ‘romantic’ texts and VM’s from people significant others…not sure how people leave full on messages for someone without checking first!
I got one a couple years ago from someone in school asking me to wire money to her account. I texted her saying who is this and she answered asking who I was so I told her that she texted me so she should tell me who she is. Never heard from her again.