This one comes from the books of the “You can’t make this stuff up.”
It also comes from the book of “Seriously?”
Look, some things in life need to be dealt with an extreme eye for detail. One of those is dealing with anything regarding death.
Thursday, I received a phone call on my cell phone. What’s really cool with this new FitBit is the phone number comes up on it. At the time, I was meeting with somebody for work, so I peeked at the number and it wasn’t one I knew, so I figured it was some telemarketer and I ignored it. When I was free later, I saw I had a voice mail.
This is what I heard:
“Hello, this is (NAME) from (some cremation service) calling to let you know that the cremated remains of your mother (NAME) are ready for pickup. Pickup days are Tuesday through Friday. The hours are 8:30 to noon, or 2 to 4:30. Thank you and take care. Bye”
I chose to eliminate the names and the name of the cremation service on purpose as I don’t want to put it all out there.
But this seems kind of crazy, doesn’t it?
First, my mother is doing just fine. In fact, the mother they called about – the name isn’t the same.
Second, wouldn’t you make sure you had the right number? This is an extremely sensitive situation, I would think. What if I was one of those people who just deleted things like this? Somebody would still be waiting.
Needless to say, later in the day I called back. To help this person, I needed to give a phone number (and I also gave the name of the lady whose remains were ready) to try and help them figure out what was going on. That leads me to believe it is some sort of thing where they call a lot of people over the course of a day.
Still, there’s a need to make sure you pay attention to detail.
In the end, I hope they eventually called the right person and that person gets the remains of his or her mother.
This leads me to wonder – how many of you have gotten crazy calls or messages like this? What did you do in return? Did you call the person back or just delete it and move on?
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