Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:07 AM.

I asked for a new number. It solved the problem.

In the last few months, I have been getting a couple of calls a day for medical advice.  It seems my new number was listed on a website for our clinic at work.  For the first week, I told folks that there was a mistake and I would see about getting the clinic to put the correct number on the website.

Now please understand that what I’m about to tell you is true, but I let every person who called me my mistake off the hook pretty quickly and let them know that I was a mathematician, not a doctor or a nurse and any advice I was giving had a relative large probability of being useless.

People continued to call.

I answered the phone as I always do, “How can I help you?”

If the person asked, “Is this the clinic?”  I said, “No, they have listed my phone number somewhere by mistake and I’m trying to get someone to figure it out.”

Not all folks asked if they had the right number for the clinic, some went right into telling me their ailments.  What was I supposed to do?  I like helping people.



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