If you call the wrong number, how about saying “sorry”?

phone yelling I experienced a really over the top call the other day.

Someone called my cell and started with “Oh, Gwenn, good…we have to talk about the alumni game. It’s a week away and there’s so much to do….”

The caller only identified herself by her first name and went on rattling off details for a bit before I finally interrupted her with:

Me: “Excuse me, I think you have the wrong person. I honestly don’t know what you are referring to but I’m not involved in any alumni game.”

Caller: “No, you’re Gwenn…right? You signed up to help with the alumni game. We talked about it in July at the sports meeting.”

Me: “Well, there’s the problem. I didn’t go to a sports meeting in July and am not part of that group. My first name is Gwenn but I suspect you’re looking for a different Gwenn. I’m Gwenn O’Keeffe.”

Caller: “You’re not Gwenn C….?”

Me: “No, I’m Gwenn O’Keeffe. You are seeking someone else.”

Dead silence on the other end. It was clear I was not going to get an apology so I added:

“If I may make a suggestion for next time you find yourself making a wrong number – just say your sorry and hang up. No need to come on so strong and jump down someone’s throat the way you did with me.”

No response….just a quick hang up.

People are becoming way too comfortable treating other people poorly and not thinking too much of it. It’s time we all take a stand and reclaim good manners – online, offline and on phones…for our sense of morality and to show our kids the way people the right way for people to treat each other!

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