Has this ever happened to you?
Me: Bueno? (That's how we answer the telephone in Mexico.)
Unfamiliar voice on other end: Si . . . con quien estoy hablando? (Who am I talking to?)
Me: [confused silence. After all, isn't that MY line?]
Wait a minute. You're calling MY house. Yet you're asking ME who I am?
I can't tell you how many times this has happened. Why would anyone pick up the phone without knowing who they're calling? Drives me crazy.
Or, my other favorite, when people call and then ask to know what phone number they're calling. Really? You just dialed it. What is your problem?
Patty told me that the other day someone like this called her at the store where she works. She answered very professionally, "Good afternoon, _________ store in Saltillo. How can I help you?" The caller then responded, "where am I calling?" She didn't tell me what she told the man, but I know she was thinking to herself, "Dude--I just told you. How thick can you be?"
These callers don't seem to be your average creep-o. Well, they are a bit creepy, but men, women, and children of all ages do this. WHY?
As mentioned above, this used to just baffle me into silence. Initially I was so taken aback that I would actually tell them who I was. Having been since warned that this could be a scam or a way of stalking my house to find out when to rob it, I've wised up and now refuse to give any personal information over the phone. (Good job, Jill . . . took you 30 years to figure that one out! Yikes.)
Now, the confused and innocent-sounding callers get a nice, "I'm sorry, but I can't give personal information over the phone." However, most, those who don't sound like confused versions of my grandma, get lashed back with, "If you don't know who I am, you shouldn't be calling my phone" in various stages of rudeness. And then I hang up.
Because really, who does that?