JournalismPakistan.com October 17, 2013
Many things I don’t get. But people who make calls and then cut off and expect you to ring back really drive me nuts. This ‘missed’ call concept is really unbelievable arrogance and outrages me. If you want to talk to me put your money where your mouth is, literally. Yet, so many folks blithely dial the number and then cut out.
Now, you are left in the middle of a rock and a hard place. What if that person was trying to make a crisis call? Shouldn’t I check? Maybe they got into an elevator or the underground car park, weak signal, now we are making excuses for them and, human nature being what it is, we dial back.
“Didn’t have any credit left,” says the person cheerily, “Just wanted to say Hi.” On my dime.
The other person who drives me round the bend is the one who dumps you for his call holder.
“Sorry, chief, can’t talk now, got another official call coming in.” So, now yours is just a common, garden variety type.
Then there is the third type who goes off the line and doesn’t come back for weeks, leaving you wondering when exactly is the right time to put the phone down on him.
But nothing beats people who become suddenly rich and have their domestic help call for them and then expect you to come on the line first. Sorry, your lordship, not doing that, you can’t hit nine buttons, take a hike.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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