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    Answering Her Own Calling

    | CA, USA | Extra Stupid

    (I am an office manager for a window cleaning company. I schedule appointments for customers. When we perform a cleaning, the customer receives an invoice. This invoice has their name, address, and phone number on it, as well as the charges.)

    Me: “Window cleaning, how can I help you?”

    Caller: “I want to schedule an appointment. I’ve been trying to call you for over an hour and the phone is always busy. What have you been doing?”

    Me: “I’m sorry about that, ma’am. The phone shouldn’t be busy. We have several different lines all attached to our number so the answering machine or myself should have picked up.”

    Caller: “Well, you didn’t, and I’m very upset. I’ve been a customer with you for years. My name is [name].”

    (I pull up her file so I can see all her info, including her phone number.)

    Me: “Okay. I am really sorry about that. Can I ask what number you dialed?”

    Caller: *lists her phone number, not ours* “I’ve been calling it, and calling it. It’s on my invoice so it has to be the right phone number! When I kept getting the busy signal, I finally tried the number at the top of the invoice, under your company name!”

    (Apparently, the customer was dialing her own phone number for over an hour and never realized it!)