That doesn’t even make sense. How would the family know if the pizzaria had olives? Why wouldn’t they ever correct her? Were they stealing her credit card information? The family happened to be at home every single time they wanted a pizza?
I’d argue they would have been even BETTER people if they said ‘This is not the pizzaria. The number you want is one digit off…’ Because, for example, what if the place goes out of business and they end up driving for nothing? Or what if the relaying family isn’t home one day?
In fact I rather imagine this isn’t true, because if they ordered frequently eventually they’d pick up on something.
I don’t get it! Is this the first time the dad went to pick up pizza and the place was gone? Where did the pizza come from if the pizza place was out of business? When the supposedly good Samaritans answered the phone, did they say “Hello” or “Hello, this is Pizza Joint.”?
If anyone can explain what I’m missing here, I’d appreciate it. I just don’t understand this. Am I missing something obvious or are we being had?
The first time they called the number, the pizza place was in business. They were intending to call the pizza place, but reached a family by mistake. Rather than correct them, the family took the order, and then called the pizza place themselves to place the order for the first family. When the first family went to pick it up, it was there, exactly as they ordered. They wouldn’t detect any problems. Now the pizza place is out of business. The second family either didn’t realize this or didn’t care, so when the first family called to order, as usual, they took the order, pretending they were the pizza place. However, the second family never got to place the order because the place is closed. Since the first family was none the wiser, to them, the situation was the same. So they went to pick it up and realized what’s been happening this whole time.
Also, most people don’t listen at all to what is said when they call a place. I work at a business that answers with our business name. We get wrong numbers all the time, but they don’t figure it out until later. The completely wrong name doesn’t tip them off. I imagine them just answering hello didn’t clue anyone in, especially if the family confirms they are the pizza place. They probably thought it was funny.
Unless it’s all made up.
To sayrah: Most pizza places have olives. They wouldn’t need to have any payment information because the family picks the pizzas up. That’s when they’d pay.
Pann, That sounds all fine and dandy until you remember the person said, “every time we’ve ordered a pizza” meaning it was more than twice. Sounds sort of strange that the family picking up the phone would take their order on more than on occasion and relay that to the pizza place themselves. Sounds suspect to me.
honestly i doubt this is bs, when i was younger we had a number one digit off from a local pizza place and they called our house constantly my parents even started taking their orders, its really not that out there to think this couldn’t happen.
This makes no sense at all. Why would someone go to the trouble of relaying every order these people made to the pizza place? For that matter, how would they even know which pizza place she meant to call in the first place?
For many years, I had a phone number that was similar to a local t-shirt shop. Two digits were swapped. I used to get into verbal bouts on the phone with people who didn’t believe they dialed the wrong number. It drove me crazy.
Pannywright, I understand the story. What “doesn’t make sense” is that people don’t work this way. And my comment with the olives is that the person on the telephone said, “No, we don’t have olives.” That’s so weird to say since you’re not the actual pizza place. I think the entire thing is made up.
I had a phone number similar to the sheriff’s office, once. I didn’t go around town solving crimes just because I got tired of saying, “Wrong number.”
Beatus, that sounds more like something “people” would do. lol
Furthermore, unless the mom starts off every order, “This is _____ and I’d like to order _____,” how would the family on the other end know it was them? Or do they do it for every person who gets a wrong number? All these questions just make it seem even more ridiculous the more I think about it.
I used to have a number that was one digit off a local pizza place. It was easy to figure out what pizza place because 1) the wrong number calls would often say “Is this so and so pizza?” and 2) it was a fairly small area with only a few pizza places and i ordered from them myself. Several times a week, I’d get wrong number calls looking to place orders. Most of the time, I’d tell them they had the wrong number, occasionally, I’d entertain myself by taking the order and laughing to myself about how they’ll be calling the pizza place in an hour or so wondering where their food is (or calling me back to be told “Sorry, wrong number.”) I never went so far as to forward the order to the actual pizza place, but I can see how easy it would be to do so, if someone were so inclined. Why all the true story/not true story debate?
Also, PraetorianXVIII, I chuckled at your comment, because I actually AM a licensed Private Investigator.
To the first few commenters that think this is a “good, sweet nice” family, please pass me whatever it is you’re all smoking; I don’t mind checking out of reality for a few minutes.
Nobody that’s sane would keep ordering a stranger’s pizza on their behalf and never bring it up that it’s a wrong number. The truth is probably that this was not a family but a lonely horder hag with 11 cats, no family, no friends, and a dead end grocery store job that kept placing the orders- The highlight of her day. Think of the creepy guy from One Hour Photo whose whole life revolved around a family he didn’t even know peronally.
When a phone number is no longer being used, it gets recycled. Has nobody thought that the logical answer is most likely, the pizza place went out of business and the number found a new owner in the area who, for shits and giggles, played along when the lady started making her order? You guys are stupid.
i once had someone ringing me wanting to order a taxi. I told them i wasnt the taxi company and instead of hanging up and trying again they got abusive. 7x they tried this until i eventually just asked them where they were, and where they were going to, and told them someone would be there in 10mins. I never got a phone call back asking where their taxi was. Either this is made up or theres some kind people out there!
@slicingupeyeballs and @stickfigure Wait a second. I’ve been to the UK on numerous occasions, and when I go, I remember to stick to the native lingo, such as saying “full stop” rather than “period”. I also am careful not to put up my middle and pointing fingers and the same time, because even though that is an innocent sign for “two” in America, it’s not so innocent in the UK. However, this is the internet, and this particular website ends with a .com rather than a .co.uk, so if Dawn of the Dan wants to say “period” to indicate a finality in his statement, he is more than allowed to do so. If you don’t like it, you can stuff it, just like we Americans are also allowed to leave the “u” out in “humor”, “color”, or “behavior” if we like.
The word “period” means “cyclic occurrence of menstruation” in the U.S. of A., too. However, we’re just not as gutter-minded to think that’s the only meaning the word can have. At least we have some decency to realize the intended meaning by its context.
Stubbyholder … we’re talking about the same thing here.
As I said, people rarely listen to what is said when the phone is answered. Or at least, a good deal of people don’t. Whether the place answered with a general pizza place greeting “Hi, you’ve reached Pizza Place, can I take your order?” or just, “Hello?” or even, “Hello, X residence,” says nothing to whether caller would be tipped off. It’s amazing how many people don’t process what you say when you answer the phone, and start rambling on, having been trying to reach another business and having no awareness that they haven’t, even though they’ve already been told.
Sayrah: Ah, I see. I originally read it as the answerer asking. “Do you want olives?” and the orderer saying no. Which actually still doesn’t make sense in regards to your comment, so I was just wholly confused there. Sorry.
deviantnicole: I wasn’t intending to suggest that my scenario only works if they’ve ordered twice. I imagine they could order every once in a while, and coincidence worked out that each time they did, the family was home. Obviously if they ordered all the time, there’d be a potential problem, but it could easily happen if they ordered once every few months or something.
I don’t know if this story is true, but there’s nothing in it that makes it implausible. I also didn’t take it as the family being extra nice or kind or anything like that, I just thought it was kinda funny. Like when you receive a wrong number text and play along, they’d play along, but instead of being dickish and leaving the family to expect a pizza without one being there, they went all the way. I would never think of doing something like this, but if a family member of mine did and it became a sort of joke amongst us, I’d think it was great, like an Improv Everywhere-type of gag.