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    Alternative 5-Year Calling Plan

    | Georgia, USA |

    (I am at the Admissions office at my University. A co-worker leaves a message with a younger kid telling them they’d “call back later” to speak to the adult.)

    Me: “Hello, [college]?”

    Caller: “Oh, this is a college?”

    Me: “Yes ma’am?”

    Caller: “Well then why were you telling my kid you were coming to our house?”

    Me: “I’m sorry, I don’t know what you mean.”

    Caller: “Someone called my house the other day from this number and told my 5-year-old daughter that they would “come over later.” Why would anyone be coming over later?”

    Me: “I believe they probably said “Call back later.” That’s what we usually say if a younger child answers the phone.”

    Caller: “Oh, so now you think my 5-year-old is dumb?”

    Me: “I never said that ma’am, we just usually don’t leave messages with young children.”

    Caller: “If my daughter couldn’t take a message, I wouldn’t let her answer the phone!”

    Me: “Well, with all due respect ma’am, she did tell you we said we would come to your house, which is not correct at all.”

    Caller: “Yeah, well your people should speak more clearly, she’s only 5! She gets things wrong sometimes!”