Sunday, August 10, 2008
The one phone call I should have not picked up
I wanted to share a crazy story that happened to me last week. Around 1AM E.T. here in Miami - when my cell phone rang.
The dialog below is a fair reconstitution of the facts:
Me – Allo.
The Girl – hello
Me – who is this? Jenny?
The Girl – no. Who are you?
Me – allo. Is this a joke? Who is this?
The Girl – you don’t know me.
Me – Listen Lady, Its late, I’m tired and don’t have any time for this kind of BS
The Girl – Wait. Let me explain!! I don’t know who you are and you don’t know me but your number is not random it belongs to my husband.
Me – well obviously you dialed a wrong number as I AM NOT your husband.
The Girl – I know – my husband died in car crash last year. I keep hoping he will answer his phone. So I called!
Me – I’m sorry for your loss. But I don’t see how I can help you.
The Girl – can you tell me your name?
Me – Florian
The Girl – can I call you Tim?
Me – I feel very uncomfortable continuing this conversation. What happened to you is dramatic and you need to speak with someone that can help you. Myself I can’t do much.
The Girl – Thank you. You are very patient. It reminds me Tim.
Since then – I can’t sleep. Very disturbing phone call. I wish this girl a lot of strength to recover from her tragedy.
PS: One thing I learned - better not answer unknown calls in the middle of the night.