Thursday, 12 November 2009

Wrong number!

The days are flying by with so much to write but no time to put it down in print. Am I the only one who feels like time is racing to the end of the year?

One thing which has often bothered me is the manners of mistaken callers. Usually they answer the call by screaming: Akos? Akos?! When the response is "sorry, wrong number" the caller hits back by kissing his teeth loudly. I've gotten used to these calls over the years and don't let them upset me anymore. However on Sunday, even I was surprised by the reaction.

I received two calls from a woman screaming "Wula? Wula?!" When I as usual alerted her to the fact that she had called the wrong number, she kissed her teeth and slammed the phone down in my ear. Hmmph.

Later that evening, around 21:30, the same woman called again (unfortunately I feel I have to refrain myself from calling her a lady!). Exasperated, I once again told her, "Sorry, wrong number". Her response (screaming):

Dabi, m'enka enkyere me se eye wrong number! (No, don't tell me it is the wrong number!)


At which point I just laughed and hung up. Later on I wish I had stayed on the line and said "OK, sorry it's not the wrong number, I am Wula, yes everything is great, bla bla bla" and wasted her credit til she realised, it was indeed, the wrong person she was talking to.

Well, at least in the end she put a smile on my face. Silly cow.

*Special thanks to the Poet for helping me write in Twi

9 comments:

Nita said...

Lol! Honestly, I had the privilege of experiencing a same incident a couple of days after I had acquired my phone. On the other hand, I had an interesting chat with Mr Whatsitname... he spoke with so much vigour(broken english..really broken)
Thing was, I buried my mouth in a pillow to sound older and boy was I wrong! Good times...

Maya Mame said...

Ha ha, good times indeed, Nita!

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Dabi dabi, m'enka enkyere me se maame no ye lady! Lol.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense behavior!

And why do most Ghanaians sound so angry over the phone?

Abena Serwaa said...

Just got one a few minutes ago. The guy was speaking a language I have never heard before and when I told him in English that he probably had the wrong number he just said:
"Huuuuuuh?" and continued in the language.
I apologized again and hung up on him as gently as possible.
BTW: something really weird is happening between MTN and Tigo with lines crossing EVERY TIME!

Maya Mame said...

Lol, Nana Yaw, yoo ma ti, o ye l-a-d-y.

Maya Mame said...

I know Anon, but I think it's more the stress of phone credit ticking away than real anger that makes these callers sound angry.

Maya Mame said...

Abena Serwaa, if that's the case, I'm very happy hubby switched his TIGO for a Zain line, it could have led to some very interesting conversations!

By the way, I love your profile picture, absolutely beautiful!

Abena Serwaa said...

Thanks Maya! Just saw your comment..

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