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Postby bigglesworth » Fri May 18, 2007 6:11 pm UTC

*calls that number*

"hello? yes? No i don't want any of those sorts of... er services, no. Goodbye"

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Postby aldimond » Fri May 18, 2007 6:24 pm UTC

saxmaniac1987 wrote:I don't.

I live in the 215 area (Philadelphia and surrounding suburbia), and calls to 215 and 610 numbers are local, and don't require the 1. Further, when I'm out at school (717 area code) they don't even require the area code for local calls. Every area has different calling rules, which stinks when you move from one place to another, because you have to get used to a different system, and people asking you why in the world you're dialing the area code for the pizza place down the street.


I'm pretty sure you don't have to dial the area code if you're making a call within your area code in the US. At least not anywhere I've lived or visited (which mostly doesn't cover much east of Chicago).
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Postby Phenriz » Fri May 18, 2007 6:25 pm UTC

in houston, you do.
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Postby saxmaniac1987 » Fri May 18, 2007 6:26 pm UTC

For a few years now, within the 215 and 610 area codes you have to...

here's why. Essentially, in more rural areas there's only one possible area code from where you're calling, but in more populated areas there could be two or three.
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Postby xooll » Fri May 18, 2007 6:30 pm UTC

Azrael wrote:
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smocc wrote:I live in India. The phone system (like most systems) is pretty screwed up. A sample cell phone number is +919811235509. All of that.

How is that unusual?


That's only 1 more digit than a US number 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx. It's the ever present "1" that really gets me. If I have to dial it EVERY time, for ANY number, what's the point?

You don't actually need to dial "1" at all; it'll work either way. It's completely superfluous and I really don't get why it's ever there.
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Postby Spaz Funbag » Fri May 18, 2007 6:32 pm UTC

wow, you have complicated phone regulations. Yay for easy german regulations.


Oh, now I know why my pc modem always calls that "01234/567890"! It is looking for CS!

(now be that computer sciences or cyber sex, who knows... ;) )


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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri May 18, 2007 6:38 pm UTC

aldimond wrote:I'm pretty sure you don't have to dial the area code if you're making a call within your area code in the US. At least not anywhere I've lived or visited (which mostly doesn't cover much east of Chicago).


Here in Georgia you do. Mainly for the area codes 770/404/678 because they all overlap to a point. Area codes 770 and 678 fall outside of "The Perimeter", which is I-285. Area code 404 lies inside "The Perimeter." If you live within the 770/678 area code area, you don't get charged for dialing each other, nor do you get charged for dialing 404. Any other area codes you do. Likewise, as far as I know, those other area codes (706, 478, 912) don't require you to dial their area codes. If they do, I haven't heard of it.

This dialing of the area codes is required because the phone company began running out of numbers (or so they claim). Actually, this would make sense, since a lot more people are using cell phones now. Most of the phone numbers now with the area code 678 are cell phone numbers. But there are a few that are landline numbers.

It's all confusing even to us Georgians.
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Postby Azrael » Fri May 18, 2007 6:38 pm UTC

xooll wrote:You don't actually need to dial "1" at all; it'll work either way. It's completely superfluous and I really don't get why it's ever there.


For all of you who seem to think I must not know how to dial my own phone, you're wrong. I do.

In Massachusetts (I won't geographically generalize any further), you must dial ALL 10 DIGITS, or else the call will not go through at all. Trust me.

Which, incidentally, brings me back to my rant about the stupid frikkin 1...
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Postby knight427 » Fri May 18, 2007 7:04 pm UTC

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That's only 1 more digit than a US number 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx. It's the ever present "1" that really gets me. If I have to dial it EVERY time, for ANY number, what's the point?

You don't actually need to dial "1" at all; it'll work either way. It's completely superfluous and I really don't get why it's ever there.


I don’t really understand it, but it changes the recipient of your call. I moved to MN from CT with a CT cell phone area code of 203. While in MN, if I dialed 1-203-###-####, I would get my cell phone (my wife and I shared that one so I did this quite often). However, if I dialed 203-###-#### I would get some grumpy guy.
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Postby EvanED » Fri May 18, 2007 7:30 pm UTC

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That's only 1 more digit than a US number 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx. It's the ever present "1" that really gets me. If I have to dial it EVERY time, for ANY number, what's the point?

You don't actually need to dial "1" at all; it'll work either way. It's completely superfluous and I really don't get why it's ever there.


I don’t really understand it, but it changes the recipient of your call. I moved to MN from CT with a CT cell phone area code of 203. While in MN, if I dialed 1-203-###-####, I would get my cell phone (my wife and I shared that one so I did this quite often). However, if I dialed 203-###-#### I would get some grumpy guy.


Are you sure that it was recognizing the area code? My impression is that's the traditional need for 1.

So say that your cell was 1-203-456-7890, are you sure that if you dialed just 203-456-7890 you weren't actually dialing 203-4567 and then pressing 890 while it was connecting/ringing?

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Postby knight427 » Fri May 18, 2007 7:55 pm UTC

EvanED wrote:
So say that your cell was 1-203-456-7890, are you sure that if you dialed just 203-456-7890 you weren't actually dialing 203-4567 and then pressing 890 while it was connecting/ringing?


I guess I couldn’t know for sure, but I can call other area codes in MN without the 1, so I doubt it.

Anyway, this thread is supposed to be about wrong number phone calls, not a discussion on dialing protocol. If I was a mod, I’d go on a rampage of deletions (my own included).
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Postby bbctol » Fri May 18, 2007 8:23 pm UTC

This was a sort of weird wrong number...

Phone rings!
Me: Hello?
My Friend: Hi! (blah blah blah something about math homework)
Me: (blah blah)
My Friend: Wait, my mom's saying something... I'm going to hang up, but I'll call back.
Me: Ok, fine. (hangs up)

Pause...

Phone rings!
Me (jokingly): Wassup mah homey!
Them (teeny-bopper voice): ...grandma?
Me: UMMM...I think you have a wrong number.
Them: What's wrong with you? (click)

It was a leetle embarrassing.

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Postby Alisto » Fri May 18, 2007 8:29 pm UTC

An old phone number used to be one digit off from the Elk's Lodge.

For a period of a few years, we would get people calling asking for Tony. My mom's name is Toni. It was amusing.

Toni: "Hello?"
Person: "Is Tony there?"
Toni: "This is Toni."
Person: "Tony? Man, this ain't Tony! Put Tony on the phone!"
Toni: "This IS Toni."
Person: "Man, this ain't no Tony. Where's Tony at?"

One time I got a voicemail from someone asking Josh to call them back ASAP because something had happened to someone else and blah blah blah. I didn't get the voicemail until the following day.
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Postby DonChubby » Fri May 18, 2007 8:34 pm UTC

This happened just now:

*Phone rings*
Me: Hello?
Her: I love you!
Me: Errm, thanks. Who's this?
Her: Who's this?
Me: Per, and you are?
Her: Oh, crap...
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That is truly the oddest phone conversation I have ever had.
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Postby knight427 » Fri May 18, 2007 8:35 pm UTC

Alisto wrote:One time I got a voicemail from someone asking Josh to call them back ASAP because something had happened to someone else and blah blah blah. I didn't get the voicemail until the following day.


That explains a lot.

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Postby ZeroSum » Fri May 18, 2007 8:37 pm UTC

knight427 wrote:I guess I couldn’t know for sure, but I can call other area codes in MN without the 1, so I doubt it.

That's (poorly) defined behavior in some areas. According to the laws of your state it may be required that in-state toll calls (such as you dialing area code 203) require you to preceed the call with a "1" to signal that you understand that it's a toll call but that out-of-area code toll free calls not require that preceeding "1". Usually it's implemented such that it'd give an error if you were to dial 203-456-7890 when you should have preceeded it with a "1" but I guess a lazy implementation would just have it fall through to dialing 203-4567.

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Postby PtS » Fri May 18, 2007 8:48 pm UTC

I'm glad that I live in one of the most advanced countries when it comes to phones and phone networks.
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Postby EvanED » Fri May 18, 2007 8:50 pm UTC

ZeroSum wrote:Usually it's implemented such that it'd give an error if you were to dial 203-456-7890 when you should have preceeded it with a "1" but I guess a lazy implementation would just have it fall through to dialing 203-4567.


I don't necessarily understand how you can determine an error, at least not all the time. For instance, the middle digits of my parents' phone (the first three not including area code) are 231. But this is also the area code in Michigan somewhere. So unless they work it out so that the next three digits are not a valid exchange in the 231 area code, you can't tell. (This seems to be the case with my parents' number.)

So what I'm saying is that I don't know if they make it ambiguous or not, but I don't really see how you can have a lazy implementation that dials through but a good implementation that doesn't. (The only thing I can think of is if it waited a second or so before connecting to see if you press more keys, but that is neither a good negative or good positive indicator...)

Does anyone who knows more about phone number distribution than I know if it's possible that, after dialing 7 digits, the system doesn't know if you want to call that number or if it's just a prefix? (In other words, is the US phone network a prefix-free code)

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Postby rachel » Fri May 18, 2007 8:53 pm UTC

So the other day I called my mom, or I thought I called my mom, and this lady answered that actually did sound like my mom. Here's how that went:

Me: Mom?
Lady: Hey?
Me: Hey, is this my mom?
Lady: No.
Me: Are you sure?
Lady: Yeah, I think you dialled a wrong number.
Me: Oh, alright ... sorry.

Man, that sucked hard.
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Postby Vandole » Fri May 18, 2007 9:03 pm UTC

Here, we recently had to change from dialling just the number to dialling the area code as well (some bizarre reasoning, like that 905 needed to use numbers it couldn't without specifying area code first)

We don't need 1 or 0 unless it's long distance, and even then sometimes you don't need it.
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Postby Gilly » Fri May 18, 2007 9:21 pm UTC

Until the late 90s phone numbers here used to have 5 digits. What you get for living on an island with 65,000 inhabitants.
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Postby Thunderbird4! » Fri May 18, 2007 10:20 pm UTC

I don't end up on the calling end of many wrong numbers since I'm completely crazy about dialing the right number and I'm rather uncomfortable calling someone because most things I do can be done face to face.

However the receiving end of wrong numbers can be entertainment enough for a week if you pretend to be the person for a little while (especially those "I love you" calls...) then out of nowhere tell them they have the wrong number and hang up.
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Postby DonChubby » Fri May 18, 2007 10:23 pm UTC

Gilly wrote:Until the late 90s phone numbers here used to have 5 digits. What you get for living on an island with 65,000 inhabitants.


Pfft, that's nothing, I live in a country with 50,000 inhabitants. :P
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Postby SpitValve » Fri May 18, 2007 11:10 pm UTC

For some reason my cellphone always defaults to my old flatmate's number when sending text messages. i.e. I actually need to delete his number to send each message. It's quite annoying. Sometimes I'd text him several times in a night talking about me meeting up with other dudes... it's kinda annoying.

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Postby Rodan » Fri May 18, 2007 11:51 pm UTC

I haven't had any weird wrong numbers, but I had a weird internet username mix-up encounter.
I was in isketch, which is like a multiplayer pictionary. I was logged in as Rodan, and in Isketch currently, the names aren't password protected, you just pick a name. So anyway, I was invited into a room by a username I didn't know. The first exchange went something like this:
Me: uh... why was I invited here?
girl: I just thought you might like to come.
Me: um... okay.

so I played in that room for a while, and when I won it went like this:
Girl: congrats, even though you hate me.
(Girl leaves)
Me: What? I don't hate you.

By now I was confused, but I kept playing. Eventually I was invited to a private room by the girl again. I went, hoping to find an explanation. It went kinda like this:

Me: hello?
Girl: Look, I just want you to tell me it's over, so I can move on and throw away my internet.
Me: what? Who are you?
Girl: you had a chance with me.
Me: What? When?? Who?? How??? What???
Girl: Look, don't do this to me!
Me: ?????????
Girl: Jon?
Me:... no. This is Tim.
Girl: Don't do this to me Jon!
Me: I'm not Jon, honest! I don't know who you are!
Girl: But you have Jon's username!
Me: you know, these aren't like, password protected or anything.
Girl: ... how embarrasing.

Then she left, and I left too. It was a weird experience, and now I kinda feel like changing my username at that site...

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Postby Anmorata » Sat May 19, 2007 12:03 am UTC

Azrael wrote: One night we learned from the caller-to-be that Kristin must have a bit of drinking induced dyslexia and was giving out her number with 775 in the middle instead of 755, thus reaching my fiance.


I wonder if she changed the digit deliberately for guys that she didn't really want calling her.

I continually get calls for a "Devin Woods" from some collection agency. They refuse to stop calling here, insisting that I know him. Even when I offered to produce a phone bill in my name to prove it's mine, they insisted that this person must know me since he listed this number as his. Whatever.

I received several phone calls from someone stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base a few months back.. one saying something akin to "I'm headed home, give me a call back," then later, another one that was announcing that said person was home, give him a call back later. I didn't think the whole thing too odd, given that WPAFB is pretty close to where I grew up and I still maintain a local phone number to there. But it's obvious that there was a misprint/typo somewhere, as he called twice.

A few days ago, a call came through on my cell from a local number that was one digit off from my home line (xxx-6738 is ours, and theirs was xxx-2738). I didn't answer it, in fear of them yelling at me for some telemarketer or somesuch getting my number wrong. The odd thing? As I mentioned, I maintain an out-of-state cell number.. in fact, it's an Ohio number with a Cincinnati area code. The number that dialed was definitely local to me here in North Carolina. They had to call my Ohio number to get me. They hung up on my voice mail, and how they found my unpublished number is beyond me. It was weird.

Also, while I am thinking about it, I once passed by a bar that was called "The Wrong Number." I can only imagine the calls they'd get.
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Postby Jesse » Sat May 19, 2007 12:24 am UTC

We still get calls for Mr. Bellamy from debt collection agencies, even though we've been here five years. They refused to believe we were telling the truth until I finally got the police involved.

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Postby niko7865 » Sat May 19, 2007 12:26 am UTC

Some old lady used to call and yell at my in Spanish from time to time, hasn't happened for awhile now.
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Postby hermaj » Sat May 19, 2007 7:12 am UTC

I am very sure we've had this topic before because I do believe I started the last one. No point locking it after this long though.

Anyway, at home we get calls for the methodone clinic, the medical clinic, a nursing home and the local tavern. So we have a very interesting selection of people calling us up. The tavern ones are usually the most amusing.

Me: "Hello?"
Him: "Hi, I wanted to know if the strippers would be there this afternoon."
Me: "Uh, noooo, this is actually a private residence."

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Postby PtS » Sat May 19, 2007 9:23 am UTC

DonChubby wrote:
Gilly wrote:Until the late 90s phone numbers here used to have 5 digits. What you get for living on an island with 65,000 inhabitants.


Pfft, that's nothing, I live in a country with 50,000 inhabitants. :P


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Postby PS_Mouse » Sat May 19, 2007 9:49 am UTC

Azrael wrote:
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smocc wrote:I live in India. The phone system (like most systems) is pretty screwed up. A sample cell phone number is +919811235509. All of that.

How is that unusual?


That's only 1 more digit than a US number 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx. It's the ever present "1" that really gets me. If I have to dial it EVERY time, for ANY number, what's the point?

Future proofing perhaps?

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Postby Messiah » Sat May 19, 2007 10:42 am UTC

Dr.Robert wrote:I accidentally called a drunk girl. I told her it was the wrong number and hung up. 1 minute later, a guy called back, who happen to sound like my friend... so I reacted differently to the phone call. here it goes:

ME: Hello?
Guy: You better never fucking call my number.
ME: *Laugh* Oh really now?
Guy: Yeah
ME: Oh, yeah, sure thing *Laugh*
Guy: Don't even call my girl again or I'll fucking kill you.
ME: Sure thing, bud. What are you go--
*Guy hangs up*

I had then realized it wasn't my friend.

Another situation is when I accidentally called a number of 3 young ladies, and I actually engaged in conversation with them for a few minutes before hanging up.

Is it just me, or are some people so damn rude that you wanna find who they are, and slap them? Being a debt collector, we're calling generally once a day to these people who've been dodging us for months. I can understand that you're over regular calls. But I'm just asking if he's there. I've had too many people to count just yell at me, abuse me etc, and I've never even said where I'm calling from - for all you know, I could be someone calling back that person about a job. Nice work, Mum/Dad/Random person living in the same house.

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Alisto wrote:One time I got a voicemail from someone asking Josh to call them back ASAP because something had happened to someone else and blah blah blah. I didn't get the voicemail until the following day.


That explains a lot.

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hermaj wrote:Me: "Hello?"
Him: "Hi, I wanted to know if the strippers would be there this afternoon."
Me: "Uh, noooo, this is actually a private residence."

Your point? Maybe you get strippers round regularly to your house, and some people wanted to join in?

There must be MASSIVELY different debt collecting laws in America, everyone talking about how they know debt collectors have been calling. As I said, I work as a debt collector here, and we're not even allowed to say we are calling from a finance company. We're allowed to say "General Company Branding Name with no finance links" but that's it. Let alone "I'm collecting on his debt, make the bitch pay it!"

For a while I was getting a lot of weird numbers that seemed to be coming from down south. They'd only call for a few seconds though. Apparently (read as: "Could be complete B.S."), it's an internet number, and they do it so you'll call them back, and get charged like $5/10 seconds. Pretty sweet idea.
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Postby Weasel » Sat May 19, 2007 11:22 am UTC

oh man the isketch story reminded me of something that happened in middle school.

My mom and I were on a vacation thing, hanging out in a computer lab. She IM'ed my brother and was talking to him, and when he asked who it was she said 'it's your mommy!' and a minute later, my mom asks what my brother's screenname was.

It wasn't the one she was talking to, that's for sure!

In highschool I would call my then-boyfriend's house and his younger brother would pick up and I'd think it was my boyfriend and talk accordingly. :( And once, I called his cellphone number and some chick picked up so I was like 'ah sorry wrong number!' and hung up. 'cept it WAS the right number!

Oh one time at an anime convention, I was trying to locate and stuff my friend Billy. I had a cellphone number, but it didn't have a unique message tag and no one ever picked up. I'd leave messages for Billy and conclude with a 'sorry if this isn't billy'. I called like 7 times, never getting a call back. I was starting to wonder what the person thought of crazy me calling and leaving these messages!

Of course, later, when talking to Billy, I realized I just kept forgetting to leave a callback number :(

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Postby Andrew » Sat May 19, 2007 1:10 pm UTC

At work we kept getting calls that the phone monkeys had wrongly put through to us thinking we were the electricals department. But since the callers had just been told "yes, we'll put you through now" it never occured to them to check that this was in fact the case, which of course it never was.

Once one of them asked for an Andrew Taylor. It should go without saying that that is my name (and no, I'm almost certainly not whichever Andrew Taylor you're thinking of, since everyone seems to know at least one). They started asking me weird questions about a customer I'd never heard of. It took a long time to figure out what the hell had happened.

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Postby der_bAUer » Sat May 19, 2007 2:11 pm UTC

We get calls for the Goethe Institute in Berlin about once a month. There are two cases which can lead someone to acidentally call us instead of them:

1. You dial from Berlin, leaving out the Berlin area code, and dial a 0 before the Institute's number although you do not need it: The local number of the Goethe Institute with a zero prepended is our area code plus number (we live in a rural area and have a three-digit phone number).

2. You call from abroad and got the number from some professor who did leave out the Berlin area code, so you dial +0049 -<number of Goethe Institute>.

I really like the second case, as I get to practice my spoken English from time to time ;)

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Postby DonChubby » Sat May 19, 2007 4:13 pm UTC

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Gilly wrote:Until the late 90s phone numbers here used to have 5 digits. What you get for living on an island with 65,000 inhabitants.


Pfft, that's nothing, I live in a country with 50,000 inhabitants. :P


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Postby Akira » Sat May 19, 2007 11:56 pm UTC

Going abck to wierd area code rules, It took me forever to remember that I didn't need the first 3 digits after we moved (instead of xxx-xxx-xxxx, you only need the xxx-xxxx)

Living in a rural area, there are two sets of numbers that feed into our school, 123-xxxx, and 124-xxxx. I still don't know which is which exactly, and it's so annyoing when people give you thier number, "oh, it's xxxx." "that's only four numbers." "I'm in Lincoln." "....that's helpful. What's your bloody phone number?"

~_~

Back when I lived in MD, my # was XXX-XXX-1234. My best friend was XXX-XXX-1212. I obviously dialed her # more than my own... One day I was with my cousins at the movie theater, and I went to call home and say that we needed to be picked up early, because the movie was called on account of technical difficulties.

"*dial*"
"Hello, you've reached the [surname] reside--Hello?"
"...oh... uh... Hey, is this [friend's kid brother]?"
"Yeah. This [my name]? Want to talk to [friend]?"
"...No... I actually was trying to call home. Sorry, thanks."



EDIT: You do realise this forum is completely open, right? And you gave two complete phone numbers and a surname? I've edited them out for privacy/safety.
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Postby Toeofdoom » Sun May 20, 2007 7:56 am UTC

Akira wrote:Back when I lived in MD, my # was XXX-XXX-1234.
EDIT: You do realise this forum is completely open, right? And you gave two complete phone numbers and a surname? I've edited them out for privacy/safety.


That looked like past tense to me...

and surnames can be fairly common...
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Postby bbctol » Sun May 20, 2007 10:43 am UTC

Damn. I knew I should have written those down in my stalker file. Curse you, mods!

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Postby hermaj » Sun May 20, 2007 11:28 am UTC

Toeofdoom wrote:
Akira wrote:Back when I lived in MD, my # was XXX-XXX-1234.
EDIT: You do realise this forum is completely open, right? And you gave two complete phone numbers and a surname? I've edited them out for privacy/safety.


That looked like past tense to me...

and surnames can be fairly common...


The main issue was her posting someone else's number and someone else's last name.


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