Friday, June 27, 2008

Wrong Numbers

We get a lot of wrong numbers.

They started around the time I had Ladybug, so about a year and a half ago.

Of course they would wake me up while I was sleeping, new baby and all.

It was the same thing every time, and it was happening almost every day.

I'd say "Hello?"

They'd say, "Hi, I'm returning ____'s call"

I'd say "I'm sorry you have the wrong number."

Of course they'd be embarrassed and apologize.

After awhile though it started getting really annoying.

Finally, one day about a year ago, I asked the caller who exactly they were trying to call.

They said they were calling about medical records at Scottsdale hospital.

They also said that this was the number that was given for them to call a specific person at the medical records office.
But, that's just crazy, isn't it?

I mean, who would give out a wrong number to so many people?
I decided I needed to investigate.
I looked up the number to the medical records office at the Scottsdale Hospital.

I called.

The lady I spoke to insisted that our number was in fact their number.
She said it had been their number for 5 years!
Except it had been our number for 5 years.
She suggested that we change our number.

Excuse me? Did I hear that right? Change OUR number?

In the 5 years that we had this number we never had any problems getting our phone calls.

Did she think I was crazy enough to fall for that?

Well, no way!

I called the hospital administration office instead.

That lady looked up the right number.

Yep, their's is one number off!

So now every time we get someone calling for them I give them the right number.

I should call this guy and have a little chat with him....

We also for some reason have been put on a contact card for someone's child in the Gilbert school district. So every once in a while (too often if you ask me) we'll get a recording telling us that our child has been marked absent in 2 or more classes today. Nice!

Oh, and then there's the calls we're getting for some lady who lived in this house before the people we bought it from, I think. She's got someone looking for her. Or should I say a few companies. And I don't think they believe me when I say she doesn't live here. I really wonder how they've even gotten her associated with our number. Old address list probably.

Thank goodness we have caller ID. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who can't just not answer a ringing phone if I hear it.


  1. I can't believe she was insisting it was "their" number! Good for you on following up & getting it straight. Hopefully people will stop calling you.

  2. You need to embrace your inner screener. Caller ID is a beautiful thing - especially when the universe seems to want you to be perpetually annoyed by random callers...

  3. We're one number off from the local Talbots. I often get repeat phone calls from people who can't seem to grasp the fact that they don't have the correct number.

    I agree with Bejewell. Screen those calls, baby!

  4. We used to get calls for a bail bond place b/c our # was 1 different. You can imagine the time & type of those calls!