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Why do people get bent out of shape about unknown callers calling their cellphones? Especially if no message is left, thus incurring no time or money spent wasted on collecting a useless message?

Maybe some people use their phones differently from the way I do (no! could it be??), but if I see "Unknown" or an unrecognizable number on my screen, I hit the Ignore button. That's all I have to do. I should be grateful to them for making me get the thumb exercise, don't you think? Or am I likely to develop repetitive stress injuries from repeatedly not answering my phone?

I don't get the furor.

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mckennl
Sep. 17th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
We were getting an unknown call *daily* and at like 8 AM for a week, I finally answered and it was Verizon or something and I told them to leave me alone. It's infuriating if you have to chase around the house to find the phone (at 8 AM) and discover it's that same unknown idiot calling AGAIN. Anyhow, that's my experience. Not a lot of people have my number so I presume it is important when my cell rings.
eriktrips
Sep. 18th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
ah. see I keep my cellphone next to me on my desk or in my pocket. and unless I am expecting one of the five people in the world I will pick up for, I ignore all callers while sleeping. I never ever go searching for my phone; if it's not nearby, it's no one I want to talk to, or if it is someone surprise calling me, they'll leave a message because they know I don't plan for surprises.

it used to be that only friends had my cell number but since I've made it my primary phone it has gotten out to gods know where. but the fact that there are five people I'll pick up for hasn't changed. I guess people do use their phones differently from the way I do. hard to imagine! ;)
daisydumont
Sep. 17th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
my tracphone's only on when i'm out & about. otherwise, i'm in a deadzone here at the ranch, so they can call anytime they want and i'll ignore the sh** out of 'em.

except for a while, this poor confused old lady kept calling me from DC, asking me why i wasn't coming by to get my stuff. i should've called to tell her i'm not her daughter and she had the wrong number, but i couldn't bring myself to do that. she finally stopped calling.

i am a bad citizen.
eriktrips
Sep. 18th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
yeah for awhile a doctor's office was leaving reminders for Blaine's next-day appointments. if it had kept up I might have talked myself into calling them back to let them know that I was not Blaine (and that's why I do not identify myself as "Blaine" on my voicemail message..) but I was hoping that Blaine would straighten things out with them before it came to that pass, and apparently he did, for they stopped abruptly about two weeks ago.

I am also a bad citizen but the world just has to put up with us to get the good stuff. :)
niyabinghi
Sep. 17th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Hee -- I think you'd really enjoy the video I just posted earlier :)
eriktrips
Sep. 18th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
haha. yeah I've seen that one and it's quite true! although I am afraid to fly and think it goes against all land mammal instincts; in my opinion we should all be screaming out of terror the whole time we're in that metal tube being hurtled along at 500mph, 30,000 feet in the air.

but the sense of wonder is sort of the same. ;)
nammu
Sep. 18th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
I think these people are getting calls on land lines as well - I've gone to a similar site to check out a number that was repeatedly calling me.

I am one of these people that gets in a furor. I get dozens of these calls on my land line. I always ignore numbers I don't recognize and half the time they leave a hangup message. The upset for me is around my number being so widely available to people I don't want calling me.
eriktrips
Sep. 18th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
landlines are a different story especially if you don't have caller ID, but a lot of folks seem to be complaining about getting cellphone calls all the time from the same number. I see from mckennl's comment that some people go digging for their phones when they ring, but I've got this "hardly ever answer" policy that keeps me from having to do that.

I guess if people actually are used to answering their phones it could get annoying, but I hit ignore 9 times out of 10. I thought that was routine if you had a cell.
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