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(Slate)   "I received one of Taco Bell's Breakfast cell phones in the mail. After about ten minutes of turning it on, I started getting calls from the Bronx criminal courts division"   (slate.com) divider line 26
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2014-03-30 09:52:58 AM  
We're really gonna bring gender identity into an automated message recording? Is it so impossible to imagine an office worker recording the student's name and hitting '2' for the male pronoun message?
 
2014-03-30 10:21:44 AM  

zarker: We're really gonna bring gender identity into an automated message recording? Is it so impossible to imagine an office worker recording the student's name and hitting '2' for the male pronoun message?


Sounds surprising that they wouldn't have just had the recording say "he or she".

/ What if it was a boy named Sue?
 
2014-03-30 10:28:52 AM  
CSB

I've been getting phone calls for someone who has never lived here

/CSB
 
2014-03-30 10:30:22 AM  

serial_crusher: zarker: We're really gonna bring gender identity into an automated message recording? Is it so impossible to imagine an office worker recording the student's name and hitting '2' for the male pronoun message?

Sounds surprising that they wouldn't have just had the recording say "he or she".

/ What if it was a boy named Sue?


Indeed. The article just shows how sexist the author is when he assigns the student a gender based on a name.
 
2014-03-30 10:48:04 AM  

serial_crusher: / What if it was a boy girl named Sue Ronald McDonald?

 
2014-03-30 10:52:31 AM  

12349876: serial_crusher: / What if it was a boy girl named Sue Ronald McDonald?


aht.seriouseats.com
 
2014-03-30 12:21:18 PM  

Cheron: CSB

I've been getting phone calls for someone who has never lived here

/CSB


We did the bundle thing with Comcast last September which includes a landline phone (backup for when my prepaid cell phone is low on minutes). About a week after we got it the collection calls started for the previous owners (apparently a husband & wife). It seems they're real deadbeats as I'm still getting collection calls for them, the most recent being 3 days ago. Most of the ones I've talked to stop calling once I let them know that this couple no longer has the number, but I've had to get really nasty and threaten legal action against two agressive ones who keep calling back.
 
2014-03-30 03:07:57 PM  
At a previous job my group of developers had an on-call phone for urgent support calls.  It was supposed to rotate among the group, but spent about 9 months with one contractor because, well, 1) we're developers; "urgent support" is an oxymoron.  And 2) he was the contractor.

Anyway, the budget cuts come and all contractors and consultants are let go, and the phone comes to me.  Daily calls from collection agencies. Well, daily voice mail.  I'm not going to answer that phone--collection agencies I can deal with, but I can't risk getting stuck with a support call.

Never did determine if it was a wrong number or if the contractor had run out on a bunch of accounts using the company phone for his contact info.

Anyway, after a couple weeks I turned the phone off and stuck in it a drawer.

/ PS. Eventually had to quit that job because they wouldn't promote me.  Go figure.  ;)
// PS. just kidding, sorta.  Real support issues came in through a ticketing system that sent us emails.  Us developers pride ourselves in a ruthless dedication to supporting end users.
/// PS. So I'm not sure what the phone was really for.  Our manager had our personal cell numbers anyway.  Not like any of us was going to carry around 2 phones.
 
2014-03-30 04:12:58 PM  
I have a cell phone that I very rarely use, and probably 20% of the calls I get are for what I assume was the previous owner, a guy named Tyler. Just a few days ago I was awoken to a recording informing Tyler he was due in municipal court. Most of the time it's people who are calling about jobs (I can't tell if the guy is still sending out resumes with the wrong phone number or if it's resumes that companies kept on file and really are calling back about years later.) It used to be worse when I first got the phone, before I was accustomed to this, since my own first name is close enough to the name Tyler that it does get misread/mispronounced that way at times, and so I'd wind up talking to Tyler's grandma and friends for a bit too long...

Not as bad as my mother though -- she gets multiple calls every day from people in India trying to sell her pharmaceuticals, based on some activity of the previous owner of the number; and no matter what, she never gets taken off their call lists.
 
2014-03-30 04:51:47 PM  
The logo on the phone shows it's from Tracfone. Sounds like Taco Bell bought up a bunch of their refurbished cell phones, probably for pretty cheap too.
 
2014-03-30 05:23:40 PM  

mcmnky: At a previous job my group of developers had an on-call phone for urgent support calls.  It was supposed to rotate among the group, but spent about 9 months with one contractor because, well, 1) we're developers; "urgent support" is an oxymoron.  And 2) he was the contractor.

Anyway, the budget cuts come and all contractors and consultants are let go, and the phone comes to me.  Daily calls from collection agencies. Well, daily voice mail.  I'm not going to answer that phone--collection agencies I can deal with, but I can't risk getting stuck with a support call.

Never did determine if it was a wrong number or if the contractor had run out on a bunch of accounts using the company phone for his contact info.

Anyway, after a couple weeks I turned the phone off and stuck in it a drawer.

/ PS. Eventually had to quit that job because they wouldn't promote me.  Go figure.  ;)
// PS. just kidding, sorta.  Real support issues came in through a ticketing system that sent us emails.  Us developers pride ourselves in a ruthless dedication to supporting end users.
/// PS. So I'm not sure what the phone was really for.  Our manager had our personal cell numbers anyway.  Not like any of us was going to carry around 2 phones.


I'm sure every support call that made it to that phone was accompanied by 3 pointy haired bosses zomging into your office and scheduling ineffective meetings, so I doubt it mattered.
 
2014-03-30 07:19:46 PM  
I actually carry two cells - my personal one, and one for work (that way when our sales reps call me on the weekend to troubleshoot their home wifi issues, it won't cost me minutes on my phone and I can yell at them for using company resources)

about two years ago they bought me an iphone for work and I got a new number. the number must have belonged to some meth dealer - I keep getting calls and texts from people looking for "ice". I was polite at first telling they had the wrong number until one tweaker threatened to kill me unless I put "Bear" on the phone. now - I'd love to screw with them ("sure - I'll meet you in 10 in front of the mcdonald's with the stuff"), but with my luck I'd have a state trooper show up at my door

/probably should get the number changed but I'm too lazy
 
2014-03-30 07:36:04 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Cheron: CSB

I've been getting phone calls for someone who has never lived here

/CSB

We did the bundle thing with Comcast last September which includes a landline phone (backup for when my prepaid cell phone is low on minutes). About a week after we got it the collection calls started for the previous owners (apparently a husband & wife). It seems they're real deadbeats as I'm still getting collection calls for them, the most recent being 3 days ago. Most of the ones I've talked to stop calling once I let them know that this couple no longer has the number, but I've had to get really nasty and threaten legal action against two agressive ones who keep calling back.



You can turn off the ringer for landline phones, if you only ever use it for outgoing calls. The phone will then stop ringing when someone calls the number.
 
2014-03-30 07:43:53 PM  
Also, I'm wondering why phone companies don't defragment phone numbers better. When a phone number is surrendered, it should connect to the message '{tone} This number has been disconnected'  for 90 days or so do give people (and computers) a chance to purge the defunct number from their lists.

Are they handing the number to some new guy the next day? That way lies madness, Sparta.
 
2014-03-30 07:53:04 PM  
cdn.filmschoolrejects.com
 
2014-03-30 08:44:17 PM  
I ocassionally get calls for a Wendy's on my cell. Figured out it was people hitting "7" when they should hit "9".

For about three months a couple of years ago, I would get, "Could I speak to Tamika, please?" They stopped when I convincingly said to each caller "I have no idea who Tamika is, and I have had this phone number for 12 years."

My Google Voice number got a few calls for a guy who was getting callbacks for job interviews. Which was funny because I was also job hunting, but not under a different name and not for any of the jobs he had applied for. I called each one of them to say they had a wrong number, that I have had the GV number for three years.
 
2014-03-30 10:45:26 PM  
Unobtanium:

My Google Voice number got a few calls for a guy who was getting callbacks for job interviews. Which was funny because I was also job hunting, but not under a different name and not for any of the jobs he had applied for. I called each one of them to say they had a wrong number, that I have had the GV number for three years.

Maybe you're Tyler Durden.
 
2014-03-30 10:57:04 PM  
Taco Bell is going all out with this marketing campaign, but their lame attempt to get social media buzz going through this street team-esque activity is rather revealing about how slavishly engineered all of this stuff is. (They probably love the fact that a surreal Slate article about their attempts still talks up the product so willingly.)

When it seems like "everyone" is talking about something new, it's more often not because a team of dedicated marketers are working behind the scenes to make a few voices sound like a million.
 
2014-03-30 11:23:22 PM  
I have a strong suspicion that the real national cell carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, that is) give "un-aged" disconnected numbers to the mobile virtual network operators (Tracfone, H2O, and so on).

I put an old, unlocked phone onto H2O a while back, and it gets calls that, based on looking the numbers up, must be bill collectors. Fortunately, I wisely chose not to enable the voice mailbox, and I don't normally take calls on that number. That being said, I think I'll just use up the data and let the service expire - especially since T-Mobile has made some major improvements in their service, and my T-Mobile number doesn't get bill collectors - just the occasional random robocall that's obvious from its area code.
 
2014-03-31 06:40:04 AM  

Sim Tree: You can turn off the ringer for landline phones, if you only ever use it for outgoing calls. The phone will then stop ringing when someone calls the number.


Obviously if you do, you also want to hide your number when you ring out, otherwise people you call might note it down/store it and could try to call you back and you won't answer.
 
2014-03-31 06:52:40 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Cheron: CSB

I've been getting phone calls for someone who has never lived here

/CSB

We did the bundle thing with Comcast last September which includes a landline phone (backup for when my prepaid cell phone is low on minutes). About a week after we got it the collection calls started for the previous owners (apparently a husband & wife). It seems they're real deadbeats as I'm still getting collection calls for them, the most recent being 3 days ago. Most of the ones I've talked to stop calling once I let them know that this couple no longer has the number, but I've had to get really nasty and threaten legal action against two agressive ones who keep calling back.


Eh. They usually will leave you alone once they realize they have the wrong person.

There is someone who lives a few miles from me with a very similar name (different middle intial). He is originally from the Baton Rouge/New Orleans area. About every six months, I get a round of calls for him.  It only takes about 30 seconds (and my DOB) for the collector to get he has the wrong guy.

Come to think of it, the six months is just about up.
 
2014-03-31 07:23:13 AM  

DigitalCoffee: [cdn.filmschoolrejects.com image 640x342]


That bit never ceases to be funny, but damn if I don't feel old for understanding all those references.
 
2014-03-31 10:14:36 AM  
I canceled my DSL because I got sick and tired of getting half a dozen collection calls every night. Whoever had the local number before me had a lot of outstanding debt, apparently.

The amusement of toying with ex-felons and high school dropouts trying to criticize deadbeats that have never set foot in the home they are calling wears thin quickly.

/ also, DSL is dildos
// much like Taco Bell
 
2014-03-31 10:21:54 AM  

Unobtanium: "Could I speak to Tamika, please?"


Nope. Po po done took her way.
You wanna order ahead?
 
2014-03-31 11:33:36 AM  

Another Government Employee: Bathia_Mapes: Cheron: CSB

I've been getting phone calls for someone who has never lived here

/CSB

We did the bundle thing with Comcast last September which includes a landline phone (backup for when my prepaid cell phone is low on minutes). About a week after we got it the collection calls started for the previous owners (apparently a husband & wife). It seems they're real deadbeats as I'm still getting collection calls for them, the most recent being 3 days ago. Most of the ones I've talked to stop calling once I let them know that this couple no longer has the number, but I've had to get really nasty and threaten legal action against two agressive ones who keep calling back.

Eh. They usually will leave you alone once they realize they have the wrong person.

There is someone who lives a few miles from me with a very similar name (different middle intial). He is originally from the Baton Rouge/New Orleans area. About every six months, I get a round of calls for him.  It only takes about 30 seconds (and my DOB) for the collector to get he has the wrong guy.

Come to think of it, the six months is just about up.


I had one - he'd call at random hours asking for this guy, without ever claiming to be collections. I'd received mail from the phone company for this guy, called the phone company a year ago and told him it's a false address, but I guess they kept billing him until it went to collections. Finally, when they called asking for the guy I was sick of it and said "lemme guess, you're collections", told him about the mail and that neither I nor the previous resident of 40 years had that name and the calls stopped.
 
2014-03-31 02:01:13 PM  
Taco Bell's breakfast is a crime in itself.
 
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