Sunday, September 9, 2007

Caller ID

Caller ID, while a convenience for some, has caused a lapse in phone manners. I don't have caller ID on the phone I usually answer. I've recently had a few calls where the caller just starts talking without any identification. I'm then left with trying to recognize the voice without letting the caller know I have no idea who they are.

I can understand close family members not identifying themselves, but I think other people should just say, "Hi, it's so and so", then get into the conversation. It's embarrassing to try to stall until I can identify the voice.

Or, maybe I should start using the other phone.


ms/sss said...

I think the only alternative is to answer the phone with, "Who's calling, please?" Reward for a response is a welcoming, "Hello, (insert name)!" You think?

Anonymous said...

Dear Mom,
Both you and your last responder are way too polite. If they don't have the common courtesy of identifying themselves, then I say don't worry about hurting their feelings. As a matter of fact, you can go out of your way to hurt their feelings, as they not have any. Say, "Hi Jane, I'd recognize your voice anywhere", even if it's a Betty on the other end. Use the same tactic on the opposite sex---if you have better luck than I in receiving a call from that sex...Good luck and don't be so nice all the time.