Friday, November 14, 2008

What would you do?

I received a strange postcard in the mail yesterday, from a woman I have never heard of who lives 25 blocks north from our house. This is what it said:

Melanie,
I noticed that you are new to the neighborhood and I have a quick question. Can you give me a call? Thanks.

She then left her name and number. Her handwriting appears to be that of an older woman. She doesn't live close to us at all, and if she were someone in the ward she would already have our phone number. I'm guessing she wants to sell us something or convert us to her religion.

What would you do? Call her? Nothing? Write her a note back asking what the question is and how she got my name and address?

10 comments:

Jenny Transtrum said...

If it was me, I would totally ignore it. Sounds like she probably wants to sell you something, and I have a hard time with those awkward, "I'm not interested" conversations. :) And if she really needs to contact you, then she'll try again. But that's just me. . .

Karli said...

I would hate to do it, but I would have to confront it somehow or it would bother me. I get freaked out by stuff like that until I know for sure the source and who it really is and what they really want. I'd probably call and just ask how she got your name & number, what her question is and kindly ask to be off of her mailing list or you'll get a restraining order or something if she's trying to sell something! (: Something along those lines...do keep us posted on what you decide & what happens!

Tandy said...

i'd call her, but do it from a pay phone or something in case she's just trying to collect phone numbers to sell to some phone list or call service.

Kelly O. said...

How do you know it's a woman? I wouldn't call her. The lack of information on the postcard tells me that whatever it is she wants to ask you about would've probably made you not call in the first place--hence the reason she left it off the card. Plus, she knows where you live, if it's important, she'll stop by.

Crystal said...

For some reason we humans feel this obligation to be polite to complete strangers. Chances are, this person is probably nice, but wants to sell you something, but I would not take that chance. I would totally ignore it. If it's really important, they will stop by. Be careful! There are a lot of creeps in this world. Resist the urge to be nice to this stranger.

Julianne said...

I think I ditto what Crystal says.

Laura Bernard said...

I'm with the majority--ignore it.

LadyCarma said...

Having lived in Texas for 28 years, it sounds a lot like "Texas" people. She probably got your name and address from the city where they post a list of new move-ins. Anyone can get them. I could go to the city of Plano on Monday and get a complete list of who moved into the city in the last three months, or more. It would not include phone numbers.

And like the other comments, she is trying to sell you something. Probably insurance or cosmetics. They get their new customers by going to the trouble of getting the new move in lists. Don't call.

sam and brittney said...

CREEPY! Part of me would want to call her so I could see what she wanted and how the heck she got my information, but in all honesty I would probably be too chicken.

Charity said...

I'm really curious, so I'd probably call. Right now, it's bugging me that I don't know who she is or what she wanted, and she called YOU and not ME. I'm weird like that. By the way, I just figured out that you are reading my blog... I am slow. When I saw "Melanie" was following my blog, I thought it was my sister in law Melanie, but then I noticed the name "Dame" and I thought... hey.... wait a second! Anyway, I'm excited to see this is your blog and start reading it now :)