Misplaced Loyalty - Page 2
I didn't find the answer I sought.
With a nervous heartbeat, I pressed *69.
A woman answered. As calmly as I could muster, I introduced myself, and used the phrase, "I'm sorry to disturb you" and "Ma'am" in an attempt to convey respect. "Do you happen to have a daughter? My son just received a call from this number."
She told me her daughter was having a sleepover. Oh, well that does explain a lot.
"Who is this, please?"
She gave me her name, and her daughter's name. A really nice girl. I wish in retrospect that I had complimented her daughter at that point, because perhaps kindness could have disarmed the woman a bit.
I explained that a girl's voice had asked for my son by name, and that it was a prank call. I explained how two calls were made, and how I had used *69, which rang her number. "I was just curious as to who had phoned," I explained, trying to be as non-threatening as possible, since it wasn't my intent to create a scene.
"No, my daughter and her friends are nowhere near a phone." The woman laughed snidely, "Do you have teenagers in your house?"
"Um, no. The little girl asked for my son by name. It isn't a mistake." What? She was accusing me of having a teenager who had set up some sort of elaborate practical joke that just so happened to lead to one of my son's classmates? How does that make sense? Clearly, she wanted to place the blame on me.
"Well, the phone is nowhere near the girls. I've been watching them the whole time. I'm sure this is a mistake. You must have gotten this number another way." But I wasn't accusing her of not watching the girls. After all, I don't have my eyes on my third-grader every second of the day.
"With all due respect, I used *69 to place this call. A little girl called twice, using my son's name, and said that she is one of his classmates." I was shocked that he woman was in such denial, and further surprised at how she was arguing. I didn't know how to end the call, because I didn't want to just hang up (that would make me the rude one) while I did want to respond to her excuses - nay - accusations. I wanted to solve the problem, not create a bigger problem. But, it was clear that she didn't believe me, and had expertly twisted the conversation such that my credibility was in question so that I was on the defense.Continued on the next page