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Phone Won't Stop Ringing?
Here's What You Do:

Leola Starling of Ribrock, Tenn., had a serious telephone problem. But unlike most people she did something about it.
The brand-new $10 million Ribrock Plaza Motel opened nearby and had acquired almost the same telephone number as Leola.

From the moment the motel opened, Leola was besieged by calls not for her. Since she had the same phone number for years, she felt that she had a case to persuade the motel management to change its number. Naturally, the management refused claiming that it could not change its stationery. The phone company was not helpful, either. A number was a number, and just because a customer was getting someone else's calls 24 hours a day didn't make it responsible.

After her pleas fell on deaf ears, Leola decided to take matters into her own hands. At 9 o'clock the phone rang. Someone from Memphis was calling the motel and asked for a room for the following Tuesday.

Leoloa said, "No problem. How many nights?"

A few hours later Dallas checked in. A secretary wanted a suite with two bedrooms for a week. Emboldened, Leola said the Presidential Suite on the 10th floor was available for $600 a night. The secretary said that she would take it and asked if the hotel wanted a deposit.
"No, that won't be necessary," Leola said. "We trust you."

The next day was a busy one for Leola. In the morning, she booked an electric appliance manufacturers' convention for Memorial Day weekend, a college prom and a reunion of the 82nd Airborne veterans from World War II. She turned on her answering machine during lunchtime so that she could watch her favorite soap opera, but her biggest challenge came in the afternoon when a mother called to book the ballroom for her daughter's wedding in June.
Leola assured the woman that it would be no problem and asked if she would be providing the flowers or did she want the hotel to take care of it. The mother said that she would prefer the hotel to handle the floral arrangements. Then the question of valet parking came up.
Once again Leola was helpful. "There's no charge for valet parking, but we always recommend that the client tips the drivers."

Within a few months, the Ribrock Plaza Motel was a disaster area. People kept showing up for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and Sweet Sixteen parties and were all told there were no such events.

Leola had her final revenge when she read in the local paper that the motel might go bankrupt.

Her phone rang, and an executive from Marriott said, "We're prepared to offer you $200,000 for the motel."

Leola replied. "We'll take it, but only if you change the telephone number."


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5 Answers


Yes, our phone won't stop ringing, but the calls are not for a motel, they are mostly nuisance calls from phony charities or political groups, and they all want money.  :ermm:  Good thing we can turn off the bell and only answer genuine messages. :)

Marianne TheOtherTink

Lol, T(h)ink - we have the same problem with various "polls", aggressive advertisement on unnecessary products, gadgets or services, over cheap call centres or unknown businesses, "intermediaries", services, etc.

TheOtherTink TheOtherTink

Yes, Marianne, and a lot of the intermediaries are in India.

Do they speak French, German and Italian with Indian accents also?  :D

Marianne TheOtherTink

Lol, T(h)ink - from those I knew and know, very few do speak French, German or Italian, and most are too much used to English (with a more or less pronounced accent, which can vary from one linguistic group to the other), but I know an Indian scientist who lives and works in Italy since many years, and his English and Italian are excellent, with a very slight, nice accent. But some of the best and most motivated German and French learners were and are from China. Those I knew and know are not working for call centres.

The call centres dealing with all kinds of advertisements are often using people in or from East European or North African countries, with quite different accents and linguistic performances; additionally, with the rising numbers of unemployed, certain call centres, mostly working for big shipping, mailing, transport and other service companies are also employing West European call centres and West European people ...


:D:D:D Heck, my phone doesn't ring that much and I rarely get up and answer it either! LOL

Marianne Rooster

Lol - :D:D:D.


Even just reading this felt good!

Finally the little guy wins the day...:D

Marianne Virginia

Lol, Virginia - sometimes, the little ones are very smart - lol.


Then you should remove it battery and go to repair shop.

She could have asked them to change there phone number a lot sooner and tell them why, instead of doing what she did. If that didn't work, I know she wouldn't like it, neither would I, in her situation, but to change her own phone number.