If You’re Going To Try To Be Sneaky, At Least Be Quiet About It

, , , , | Learning | April 2, 2020

I work in a university admissions office. At our school, potential students schedule calls for a specific time and then anyone who is available at that time “claims” the appointment. I claim a call for 6:00 pm and ring the student right on the dot. Someone, I assume a relative, picks up the phone.

Relative: “Hello?”

Me: “Hi! This is [My Name] from [University]. Is [Student] available?”

Relative: “[STUDENT]!”

I hear some shuffling in the background and then another voice, presumably the student.

Student: “WHAT?”

Relative: “YOU HAVE A CALL!”

Student: “WHO IS IT?”

Relative: “I DON’T KNOW!”

This is followed by some shuffling and incoherent whispering. After a prolonged pause…

Me: “Um… Hello?”

Relative: “Yeah, she’s not here right now.”

Me: “That’s all right. Can you please let her know that [University] is calling about her appointment?”

There was no response, and after a few seconds I just hung up. Really, I get it if you don’t want to talk to spam callers, but we had an appointment to speak at that time. It was also quite easy to hear them since they were both screaming, so I’m not sure why they couldn’t just ask me to call back later. Still, not the weirdest person I’ve spoken to in this job.

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