What We Got Here Is A Failure To Communicate!!!

Yesterday I noticed a missed call on my phone. I didn’t recognize the number so I called back. A woman answered. I told her I was calling because I noticed I had missed a call from her. She said “No one called you from this number. It must have been a wrong number.” What??

I don’t know if you have ever done something similar, but I have. When I did it,  the phenomenon called *69 which when pressed on a phone would automatically call the last phone number received on your phone. The details of why it happened are not relevant. What IS relevant is the fact that I made the call and hung up before the other person could answer because my sanity momentarily returned.

What I didn’t count on was the person utilizing the *69 feature. When the person called, I tried to convince them that I never made the call. Why? Because I was embarrassed, my sanity had inexplicably left again and I am a complete moron. The person, who I knew quite well, said “Jerry, I used *69 so I know it was you.” I quickly denied it and hung up. 

I called back the next day, apologized and was able to salvage the friendship only because my friend already realized that I was an idiot. What the heck was I thinking? The evidence was indefensible, so why try?

I think we don’t want to admit it when we do stupid things. Kind of like the CEO of United Airlines saying yesterday that the operational mindset maybe kicks in too often at United, making employees forget that humans are what the airline is primarily transporting. WHAT??? I can’t wait to hear his justification for that statement. Crazy.

I wonder if you can deny sending e-mails? Well of course you can, but for must of us it would be ridiculous to try. I guess in a court case it would be inadmissible because someone else could have used your account to send it. Plausible deniability can be a good thing, but it normally doesn’t work for calls to people that you know. E-mail them.

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