How do I deal with habitually rude callers?
March 14, 2006 8:10 AM Subscribe
What, if anything, should I do about in-laws who won't identify themselves when they telephone?
posted by waldo to Human Relations (57 answers total)
I'm a newlywed. My wife's extended family calls the house often, and they never identify themselves or so much as offer a greeting -- they just start talking. (eg: "Hey. What are you doing?") This is both rude and often quite confusing, in part because there are always other people without the good sense to identify themselves, so it's no good figuring rude person == in-laws. I've tried training them by interrupting to ask "who's this?", but after a few weeks of this I failed to change anybody's behavior, with one family member stating that she will never identify herself when calling, because I should simply know who it is. We do not have Caller ID.
How do I handle this? Do I stick with my tactic of asking who it is? Have an explicit discussion with the family? Invest in Caller ID? Suck it up and get over it?