One of the few good things about how long Bob was out of work was that he was able to intercept a ton of them live and get our number out of various systems.
This has ranged from annoying to infuriating over the years. I probably should have changed the number right off the bat when it started and before I had given it to everyone who needed it, but I didn't anticipate that it would linger for this long at this level. Yesterday's call has escalated the game, though.
Apparently Kent isn't paying his bills, where ever he is. We got a dunning call.
Having gone through this a decade ago, there is a particular type of adrenaline dump when you hear "this is an attempt to collect a debt" on your answering machine. I was completely baffled, because we're up to date on everything - I obsess about that. But at the same time I'm frantically thinking "what did I miss? What did I forget?" It is NOT a good feeling.
Bob called the number back and explained at great length and with much greater patience than I could have summoned up that Kent is NOT at this number, it is someone else's private residence, has been so since 2006 and please correct your records NOW. Apparently whoever was on the other end of the line was appropriately responsive, and that was the end of that. You'd think "Hello, you have reached Bob and Kris" would be a hint, though.
But here's the thing. This was some sort of business, and it's always felt a little shady to me that he wouldn't care that people and businesses would be calling the wrong number, that the business was listed with a wrong number on the internet, etc. I am concerned that this is only the first of many, and I'll tell you right now that my nerves aren't up to that. Maybe the guy last night was appropriate, but some of these agencies are downright abusive, and it wouldn't surprise me if we got one who decides not to believe that we're not Kent.
If that starts to happen, I'm changing the number. I don't need this sort of grief.