British coworker on cell: You mean the gar-age? I know you people say “gar-age.” And also “al-um-min-I-um.” That's how we should be pronouncing it. The language of Shakespeare. Washington, DC
Guy: Why’d you just hang up on ’em?
Girl: I don’t wanna talk to her. She’ll call back.
Guy: Yeah, but you can’t just hang up.
Girl: She wanna make a reservation. It’s a waste of time, mine and hers.
Guy: I know, but you can’t tell them that! U-Haul
394 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York Overheard by: Matthew Healy
Supervisor on speakerphone: Hold on a sec, I've got another call. Hello, this is Mark*.
Caller: Yes, am I in the right place?
Supervisor: I don't know, who were you trying to reach?
Caller: Is this the number for the internet?
Supervisor: No, I'm sorry, this is a state agency.
Caller: This isn't the internet?
Supervisor: Nope, sorry.
Caller: Oh, darn, okay bye.
Supervisor (back to the other line): Well, that was a first. Newington, Connecticut Overheard by: but please give it my regards. I'm a huge fan.
Coworker on phone: He had two career ideas: one was to start an internet porn site, and the other was to become a priest. Syracuse, New York
Catholic seminary library employee: Are you going to interview Jane's friend for the position?
Catholic seminary library supervisor: No, I decided she wasn't qualified enough.
Catholic seminary library employee: That's a relief.
Catholic seminary library supervisor, surprised: Why do you say that? Don't you like her?
Catholic seminary library employee: It's just that… Have you ever overheard any of their phone conversations?
Catholic seminary library supervisor: No.
Catholic seminary library employee: It's like they're in a competition over who has the most intense visions of the blessed Virgin Mary. We already get enough of that shit. California Overheard by: bless me for I have sinned
Kind supervisor: I just wanted to ask you to lower your voice a little bit. You must have gotten some good news on the phone, but you were a little rambunctious with the language. I think you said (whispering) “shit” three times during that call.
Embarrassed secretary: You ask so little of me, and I still can't do it. I mean, who has to tell a grown woman not to yell “shit” in a crowded office? Government Office
Phone drone, to subscriber on the phone: Every piece of information subscribers tell me I basically file away in my head as a little piece of information.
Malvern, Pennsylvania Overheard by: captainobvious
Receptionist on phone: I recognized her voice before she even said anything. Charlotte, North Carolina
CSR on phone: Excuse me, I’m not a woman I am a man and you are being very nasty…I’m not yelling at you; do you want me to yell at you?
New York, NY
Guy with loafers but no socks on cell: Hi son, it's me. Am I going to see you at the club tonight, or are you staying home? Oh, okay. So did you switch your class schedule? So now you're taking gym instead of business law? Terrific! That's great. Okay, see you soon. Bye. New Haven, Connecticut Overheard by: who calls their son