Think of this blog-post today as a public service announcement for all of you who have ever been victims of the rapid-fire phone number message.
You know what I’m talking about. The “Hi, this is Dr. Asure’s office confirming your appointment. Please call us back to confirm at 4175559041.” And they proceed to rhyme off the number faster than the speed of light.
I have found myself on the receiving end of these number sprinters on many occasions and I can’t tell you how it annoys me to take time out of my busy day to have to listen to the message eight or nine times, each time picking up just one more number.
And when these people, these rushers of numbers, are on the receiving end of said messages, do they ever think, “Hey, wait a sec, I do that! I should stop.”
Clearly they don’t. And yet it is such a simple thing to fix really, isn’t it?
Beep ... Hi this is Deb McGrath calling. Please call me back at 4...1...7...5...5...5...6...1...6...1.
That number again... 4...1...7...5...5...5...6...1...6...1
And done. Solved.
I am quite confident that now that I have spoken up, this will never happen to me again. I am sure that word of this menace will now spread like wildfire, the plague, or a congressman exposing himself.
Boy, when I rule the world...
Barbara: Ha, Deb! I hope you friggin’ rule the world soon because this menace has terrorized me more times than I can say. And is often brandished by a person who also speed-mumbles their name, leaving me with not only a call-back number I must decipher, but a caller I must fake-ask for (“Yes, I’m returning (mumble) Fafafa’s call.").
Thanks, Deb, for taking on this most noble cause. Spread the word everyone: Citizens for clear phone messages!