Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wacko of the Week

So, I get back from my trip to find that some guy has left a bunch of messages for me, giving me his name, address, credit card number, the secret code on the card to make charges, and requesting that I please send his order as soon as possible. I have no idea what he's talking about so his last message is helpful -- a paniced sort of, "Never mind, I had the wrong number. Please delete all my personal data," and he ends by saying, "I repeat. Delete my credit card number. I'm being very stern about this."

Poor guy. It's been ten days since he left these messages, and he's likely considering whether or not to cancel his credit card, so I figure, I'll give him a call to reassure him that I'm not storing his credit card number and hopefully give him some peace of mind on Christmas.

He's got a Canadian area code. I call him up.

"Hi, Is this James?"
"Who's this?"
"This is David Khorram. You left some messages with me about 10 days ago and called later to let me know you had the wrong number and to delete your credit card information."
"Yeah, so?"
"I just wanted to call you to let you know that I deleted your information."
"Well, even if you didn't I already called my credit card number, eh. And they're looking out for any monkey business, eh, so you better not use it."
"I know how concerning it can be to think that you might get unauthorized charges and go through the hassle of canceling your cards, so, like I said, I'm just calling to reassure you."
"Well, if you use my number, I've got some dirty tricks that I'd have to use on you."
"Look, buddy, the reason I'm calling is to give you some piece of mind."
"Like I said, I have some dirty tricks up my sleeve, eh."
"Alrighty then, well, I wish you a Merry Christmas."
"Well, I don't wish anyone a Merry Christmas."

How do people get this way?

5 comments:

Boni said...

Someone neglected to hug him when he was little

Sean said...

Poor guy. He sounds like one miserable fellow.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

That was very un-Canadian of him. Aren't they supposed to be all maple syrup, beavers and smiles?

So can I have his credit card information? If you know his phone number we can use the Internet to find his mailing address. We could send him some "fun" things.

Mike said...

The shame is that this guy didn't even realize that you were going out of your way to be nice to him. I'm betting he's from Montreal.

On the plus side, we can add this to our list of grievances as justification when we finally invade Canada.

bradinthesand said...

maybe he's a newfie...