Yesterday my phone rang.
My phone almost never rings, and when it does, I rarely answer it.
But, now I'm a landlord and whatnot, I thought I'd better answer it as it was a London number.
At the other end of the phone was a man with an accent. I have no idea what kind of accent, I just know that none of the words he was saying made any sense at all.
I heard two things: policy and ignoring my calls.
Now being a landlord this worried me. I told him I couldn't hear him very well and he continued to say the same sentence over and over again.
Like it was scripted.
I then told him I was going to pass the phone over to someone who could hear and walked through to the kitchen where London Cousins 1 and 2 were chatting. Neither of them were particularly keen on talking to a strange person on the phone, so we stood there discussing it for a moment to work out who would take the call.
The caller hung up.
Confused about what was so urgent that he accused me of ignoring his calls but then hung up, I Googled the number. Turns out it was a known telepest. One that tells you your life insurance policy was expiring and you'd been ignoring their calls about it…
So I had heard two bits right. And I don't have a life insurance policy.
Thanks to iOs7 I have now blocked this number but what made me grin, just a little bit, was that he hung up on me.
A known telepest found a phone call to me so annoying he had to hang up the phone.
Obviously I'm going back to not answering my phone for numbers I don't recognise but if I ever am dumb enough to pick up the phone again, I think I am going to try this tactic on purpose. Tell them I cannot hear them. Remind them that if I was known to them, they would know I was deaf, and then maybe go off on one about deaf awareness and…
Yes, I would hang up on me, too.
And this isn't just for those of us that can't hear. Hearing peeps why not go for it, too?
Or as one person helpfully suggested online yesterday as I was googling, to simply say to the person at the other end of the line, 'I've done what you asked, but there's blood everywhere.'
Obviously I'm not so keen on that option incase a SWAT team descend on my house via helicopter and cart me off somewhere, but whatever option I choose, the war on random phone calls to Deaf Girly starts here.
Happy Wednesday peeps.