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How Do You Handle Prank Phone Calls?

I got a phone call from what is obviously a boy whose voice hasn't changed yet.  He claimed to be from Cityname Public Schools and he wanted to do a survey.  I hung up.  I don't do surveys with 12-year-olds.  I looked over at the caller ID and of course it's a "private number."  So I guess his parents won't get a phone call tonight. 

I told Patrick about it, and he said about an hour ago, someone from Wal-Mart called asking to do a survey about Cheetos.  And the voice was one of a younger person.  Great.  So I guess we have a crank caller.

I told Emperor that I thought it was sort of ODD that we tend to get these phone calls just after he goes to the park with his friends. 

OH, but his friend would never do such a thing!

Well, I didn't say he would.  I just wonder who-all else was at the park today and if anything unusual happened. 

No.  Nothing unusual.  The only thing that was different today was that his friend's friend, "Name that sounds like a baby pony," asked for his phone number.

Uh-huh.  Well.  You just tell Pony Boy that your dad said to quit calling here.  He's not in trouble, and he's not violent or vicious, but I do want him to stop bugging us.


  1. I can't remember how I did it, but I set up my phone so that it doesn't accept private calls. I just don't like a lot of phone calls during the day. I find them intrusive.

  2. I was getting a lot a while back but not so much now maybe I'm just too vague for all the salesmen and con artists, i have a method when I get a call from anyone I don't know i always have someone at the door or act a bit thick they must take me off the list as hopeless, works well.

  3. Perhaps also a reminder to not be giving out your phone number.
    I don't have a land line anymore, but when I did there would be calls from people wanting to sell me stuff or change phone plans or internet providers or whatever, I'd say hello then put the phone down and go off and do other stuff while they talked to the shelf, often enough they'd give up and hang up.
    If it was a genuine "crank call", I'd just hang up then unplug the phone so they couldn't call back.

  4. In instances like this, where I knew the transgressor, I just waited until our next meeting, and make eye contact, and stare a little too long. They'd know not to try it again. or next time he calls, greet him by name. Game. Over.


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