Sheesh! Whatever Happened to Telephone Manners?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by DaisyFace, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    difficult child does not have a cell phone - so she has been giving our home number to guys she hardly knows. (Yeah, fun. NOT!)

    So I have been fielding bizarre calls all day long from these guys. (Probably Booty Calls gone wrong...)

    Whatever happened to basic phone skills??? Yikes!

    Typical call:

    Me: Hello?

    Caller: Uggghhhh....heh, heh, heh...

    Me: Hello??

    Caller: (heavy breathing) Ummmm...

    Me: Hello? Who are you looking for?

    Caller: Ugghhh...dunno...hmpgh?....ummmm....dunno....not sure her name....ummm

    Me: You don't know who you are calling for?

    Caller: Uugghhh....heh, heh, class....heh, heh, heh...

    Me: I'm hanging up now. Have a nice day.

    Caller: Ughhhh....heh, heh, heh
  2. Jody

    Jody Active Member

    DF, that is the most ridiculous call. I probably would have lost it. Ugh. I don't think that person has been taught manners yet, because he doesn't even have the sense not to call for someone whose name he does not know. Who would do that???? My goodness, I would have hung up too. LOL.
  3. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    That would've been an instant call back: "Can I talk to your MOTHER PLEASE?"

    I had one - at 2 AM - from a friend of Onyxx's. This is about 2 years ago. I pick up. "Hello?"
    "Where's Onyxx?"
    "In bed, and if she hasn't told you yet, she is not allowed to accept calls after 9 PM."
    "Well you get her for me NOW!"
    "Um, no." Click.

    Stupid child. I waited till 7 AM and called back. Got MOMMY this time... Who was NOT a HAPPY CAMPER when I asked about the 2 AM phone call.

    Onyxx wasn't happy either, but... Ugh.
  4. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Get a whistle. Blow it into the phone when you get a heavy breather. It iwll get around school. Or else sing a Barney song. It will kill htat urge for a booty call in nothin flat. Or answer "Bert's Mortuary. you stab em we slab em. that one usually gets a reaction. for years a frat had a phone number one digit off from ours and there were no cell phones or indiv numbers in the rooms. just the house phone. those things all worked on their nasty callers, esp some of the girls who thought they were doing phoen sex. I later knew some members of that frat and the things we did, the whistle, the songs, esp the Bert's mortuary were apparently classics. Cause I heard of them from people who did not know it was my number that they called.

    the whistle, esp if you get one that is for protection and super loud is super effective.
  5. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Step, that sounds like phone calls I get from Two Brooms. To a "T"! OMG.

    DF, I can't help but think of Beavis and Butthead reading your post. The "heh, heh, heh"....just the image I had. Beavis, calling your difficult child... (sorry!) Tell him to go smoke some weed and watch the dryer spin....
  6. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    LOL! It reminded me of Beavis and Butthead, too.

    Who talks like that???
  7. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Onyxx's friends do... husband and I were discussing this at one point.

    At least Onyxx herself is articulate...
  8. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    OMG, Shari and DF, the first thing I thought of too was Beavis and Butthead! And they aren't much of an exaggeration either.! There's a lot of them out there. Just walk through any mall on a Saturday afternoon and you'll see dozens of Beavis and Buttheads!
  9. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    Here it was always "Joe's Mortuary, you tag 'em we bag 'em."
    Or if I'm a really jolly mood (and I have a wonderful phone voice for this when I'm not bothered by my sinuses too badly): "Kitty's W****house, what's your pleasure?"
  10. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    Time to start screening your calls - I did that one year to avoid those annoying telemarketers and political calls. It is also a good idea if the guys are stupid enough to leave a message with their telephone numbers. That way you will have a list of phone numbers to start calling if Onyxx decides not to keep in contact. My Diva was pretty good with keeping in contact with me because she knew I would start calling every phone number in the book starting with her "friends" and their families if I ever lost contact with her. She was terrified of the possibility I would actually talk to one of her "friends".

    "Hello, we are unable to come to the phone right now. Please leave your name and phone number. Have a good day!"

    May be most effective if Onyxx made the recording - stupids guys will hear her voice and not even think her parents may listen to whatever they leave.
  11. keista

    keista New Member

    Telephone manners????? First time I dealt with this phenomena was when a friend who I was helping "get back on her feet" started going by the wayside..again. Apparently she'd call her "friend" and not tell me so when they returned her call from caller ID that's exactly the conversation I got. She claimed it was one of 3 different friends she was calling for whatever. It wasn't until I started checking the phone records (I had Vonage at the time and got a log of all incoming as well as outgoing calls) that I noticed that these 3 'friends' #s changed every month - hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm who uses disposable cell phones? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Anyway, could be that she's calling from your house - not just giving out the # - and they call back from caller id so they have no clue who they are supposed to be talking to, but still, I've done that and I identify who I am and why I'm calling someone randomly - yeah, I have some manners. lol

    BUT I also noticed a general lack of phone manners with teens these days. Even my neighbor - 19 y/o girl - will call me and just start talking. If she called from her own phone it wouldn't be that big a deal due to caller id, but she's always borrowing phones to call and just starts talking. Ahhhhhhhh kids these days!
  12. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    LOL - all calls we get are logged automatically. HAHAHAHA!
  13. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    My kids ALL had to role play calling people and do it politely, and role play answering politely before they were allowed to TOUCH the phone, much less pick it up. Around here it was thought to be bizarrely strict and domineering to make your four year old practice being polite on the phone (and not telling people at random that mommy wasn't home - cause Wiz did even if I was, esp if it was someone about something he did, and yes, I got calls about him even at age 4!) and not let them jsut use it with no training in manners. Of course the same people at other times commented on how polite the kdis were on the phone and how they wished their kdis were. Mine know that it takes ONE call where I find they did not identify themselves and they lose phone privileges. thank you's friends have FINALLY learned that they will NOT speak to him unless they are polite, not demanding anything, and tell me who they are. even Jess doesn't let them slip because she knows that if I find out that she let it slip much then she loses HER privileges also.

    I still think you need a whistle. Although I have been told many times I have a perfect voice for phone sex - both from people calling my home and from every telemarketing or telephone polling job I ever had (I had LOTS - easy easy money). So going with that, and then after they have made a couple of comments I have asked if they know they are talking to so and so's mom, that I am fat, have long grey hair, still have zits, even have boobs that sag to my knees. (I said htat even before it was true, lol - back in college when it was gfgbro's perv firends who called) and they start gagging audibly. they NEVER do that to our number again and I ALWAYS can identify them in person because they blush and stammer and cannot wait to get away no matter what I do. Wiz thought it was a total RIOT and set up a few kids who had been bullying him. I didn't mind but their parents did. THOSE calls were even funnier. I asked why they were angry at ME, it was their child who called and asked what I was wearing and if I woudl do this or that obscene thing to them. I NEVER started it, their heavey breathing did, followed by their comments because they thought I was "sexy". Although one mom did call and thank me. Her son had run up hundreds of dollars in phone sex and after my call he never called a single one. esp after Wiz introduced me to him one day up at the school, lol. His parents were upset by the calls and bills, but worried he found something worse like actually doing those things until he fessed up to what happened when he called here. Got to say it was a strange call, them thanking me for talking soft porn to their son and then shocking him with a description of an old fat lady esp in the clothes he asked if I was wearing (the idea of a thong on a fat lady is NOT one that a teen wants, lol!).

    I remember my dad telling a caller that their hit was arranged, the deposit had been received and that the next call would be to tell them the hit had been executed. Truly terrified one of gfgbro's friends who thought he had somehow arranged a hit on his girlfriend.
  14. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Well.........THERE you have it!

    When he calls back just yell out......

    "Oh SWEETIE????????? CORN-HOLIO is on the phone for you!"
  15. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Personally I'd be tempted to say "Who am I speaking to? This is Detective X and although I now have your number I need to include your name and address in my report."

    Of course, lol, if they are that dumb they might not get the ramifications! DDD
  16. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Ya'll remember the worlds best prank call EVER? I'll see if I can find the link. It was absolutely the best reverse telemarketer slam I have EVER EVER heard in my life. ------goes looking.
  17. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Okay WARNING - there may be language or other things in this - so LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK......I'm not going to listen to it again - I just remember it was hysterical. And you could revise it to be just for you.

  18. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    OMW Star, I hate the Bob and Tom show, but that was great!
  19. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    There's always 'Murphy's mule barn, head :censored2: speaking.'
  20. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Of course you could just listen to Cory and Mandy my house are in for a rude awakening. LOL. Ask Heather.

    I do have to admit I am bad about calling back numbers that call my cell phone and dont leave a message. I will call them and just say "this number called my phone at xxx time. Did you need to speak to someone here?" I refuse to give my name or anything unless I actually know who owns that number. If the number has like a business name that comes up like Dr Bills office will then I know who it is...but if it is Joe Blow...I wont tell them who I am unless they can tell me who they were calling.