Post # 1
First of all, I’ve already decided I’m not calling back. I’m just curious what other people would do.
This morning I woke up to a weird message on my phone, from a woman I haven’t seen or talked to in 4-5 years. I had taken a microbiology class with her back when I was in college. The only reason she has my number is because we worked on a project together. I deleted her number several years ago. The message went like this:
“Hey (insert my name here). This is (her name), remember me?”
…long awkward pause.
“When you get some time, could you call me back at (her number).”
…another long awkward pause.
“Thank you, bye.”
My call history showed that she called two times back-to-back. Does anyone else find this odd? The only thing I can think of is that she might need a favor…but I don’t appreciate people popping out of nowhere and asking for favors. And remember…I took one class with her…several years ago. :-/
Post # 2
It depends…did I like her? Was she eh?
I might call because I’m curious. However, if she wasn’t a person I liked back then…I wouldn’t call.
Post # 3
ladycirtolthiel: I’d call back. You never know what she might have wanted or needed.
My initial reaction was that she’s part of some sort of pyramid marketing scheme and wants to sell you something. Or maybe she’s interviewing at the place you work and wants some insight? Or maybe she knows that your husband is cheating on you and wanted to give you a heads up? Honestly, you’d never know unless you called her back.
Post # 4
ladycirtolthiel: I would probably call her back. It’s a bit of a leap to assume that she wants a favor, and even if she does, you can always say no.
Post # 5
soymilk: She was ok, maybe a little odd. Never really had much of an opinion, to be honest.
soontobemrsKB92615: If it’s a marketing scheme, I definitely don’t want any part of it lol. We don’t have any mutual acquaintances that I know of, and she was never on my Facebook (which has been deactivated for a while, anyway). So I doubt that she knows where I work or that I’m even married now (I was dating someone else back then). And I know my husband isn’t a cheater 😉
It’s the lack of connections that makes it even weirder.
Post # 6
I’d totally call her back. I can’t say no to mystery 🙂
But honestly, you dont’ really know what the deal is. Could be totally innocent.
Post # 7
I’d probably text her and say something like “sorry I missed your call. What’s going on?” and then if it’s something I didn’t want to be involved in, I’d just not text back.
I have a hard time saying no to people face to face or voice to voice but by text or email, I’m more comfortable.
Post # 8
ladycirtolthiel: Then I’d call. Like PP pointed out, you can always say no gently and then make a quick excuse to get off the call. Doesn’t sound like you have any places you may run into one another so she’ll move on.
I think we’re somewhat biased though because now all of the bee wants to know the mystery lol.
ETA: Text is a good idea as PP said!
Post # 9
Yup I agree with a single text.
Post # 10
ladycirtolthiel: I would definitely call or text back. Maybe I’m morbid, but my first thought is that someone from your class (college? high school?) might have passed away. I’ve been in a situation where I got a call from a super distant acquaintance once, and it turned out that my high school lab partner had died. We weren’t close (the lab partner and I) but this acquaintance thought I would like to know.
Honestly, why not? Shoot her a text or give a quick phone call to make sure it’s nothing important (and then totally update us, lol!).
Post # 11
I would for sure text, you never know what it could be. And then update us please because I’m super curious now!
Post # 12
I did get texts but not phone calls. And when I’d reply back they we’re in those pyramid schemes. Haha.
Post # 13
ladycirtolthiel: I’d probably send a text back, “Sorry I missed your call, I’m at work now, what can I do for you?” and then that’s it. Just because I’d be dying to know what it was about and the mystery would eat me alive.
Post # 14
ladycirtolthiel: I had an old middle school classmate message me a while back wanting to meet up for coffee. I was 95% sure this was some sort of marketing scheme or she was trying to sell me something, her job on linkedin was listed as something to do with selling retirement plans or something like that. We weren’t even friends in school, so there really wouldn’t be any reason for her to want to catch up with me. I didn’t respond.
I might text the person back to see what they want though.
Post # 15
Ugggh, I gave into peer pressure and called (if I remember correctly, she never texted).
Annnnd, I wish I hadn’t. It wasn’t anything bad, it was just incredibly awkward. She just wanted to “catch up.” I was very nice the whole time, but the entire conversation was filled with awkward pauses. And since I don’t like sharing personal information with people I’m not close to, I kind of lied and told her I moved out of state lol.