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Phone Won't Stop Ringing?

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Leola Starling of Ribrock, Tenn., had a serious telephone problem. But unlike most people she did something about it.

The brand-new $10 million Ribrock Plaza Motel opened nearby and had acquired almost the same telephone number as Leola.

From the moment the motel opened, Leola was besieged by calls not for her. Since she had the same phone number for years, she felt that she had a case to persuade the motel management to change its number.

Naturally, the management refused claiming that it could not change its stationery.

The phone company was not helpful, either. A number was a number, and just because a customer was getting someone else's calls 24 hours a day didn't make it responsible. After her pleas fell on deaf ears, Leola decided to take matters into her own hands.

At 9 o'clock the phone rang. Someone from Memphis was calling the motel and asked for a room for the following Tuesday. Leoloa said, "No problem. How many nights?"

A few hours later Dallas checked in. A secretary wanted a suite with two bedrooms for a week. Emboldened, Leola said the Presidential Suite on the 10th floor was available for $600 a night. The secretary said that she would take it and asked if the hotel wanted a deposit. "No, that won't be necessary," Leola said. "We trust you."

The next day was a busy one for Leola. In the morning, she booked an electric appliance manufacturers' convention for Memorial Day weekend, a college prom and a reunion of the 82nd Airborne veterans from World War II.

She turned on her answering machine during lunchtime so that she could watch her favorite soap opera, but her biggest challenge came in the afternoon when a mother called to book the ballroom for her daughter's wedding in June.

Leola assured the woman that it would be no problem and asked if she would be providing the flowers or did she want the hotel to take care of it. The mother said that she would prefer the hotel to handle the floral arrangements. Then the question of valet parking came up. Once again Leola was helpful. "There's no charge for valet parking, but we always recommend that the client tips the drivers."

Within a few months, the Ribrock Plaza Motel was a disaster area.

People kept showing up for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and Sweet Sixteen parties and were all told there were no such events.

Leola had her final revenge when she read in the local paper that the motel might go bankrupt. Her phone rang, and an executive from Marriott said, "We're prepared to offer you $200,000 for the motel."

Leola replied. "We'll take it, but only if you change the telephone number."
  • Listening to: my ears ring
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: My computer screen
  • Playing: Relaxing actually
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing
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NekoMarik Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl:
That. Is. Awesome.
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave: Thanks!
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barbieq25 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:D
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DJ-Uni-Mekaju Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD Nice! And only $200,000?! Cheap-ashes. :iconimthinkingplz:
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dancinghorseart Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist
funny. thanks for sharing
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laurengary Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Very funny ! And haven't we all wanted to get even with big business at one time or another ? :lol:
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phoenix75 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
HaHa! That is a funny story. We get a lot of wrong number calls, too. Our phone number is one number different from our town's police department number. We have gone to not answering the phone unless we know who is calling thanks to Caller ID. :D
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Very funny story ... but unfortunately not true. [link]
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Or fortunately not true.... :) :wave:
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Centauran Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Had it been so, I'm afraid dear Leola would have found herself in very deep doodoo with a raft of charges against her and damage claims in the millions.
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
**laughs** Good one!
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ZandKfan4ever57 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
LOL, this is funny and sad, but I'm very happy for the Leola, I mean after all she did tried to reason with the motel in the first place. :XD:
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HelenLight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahahahaha! That was a good one. So funny!
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GypsyH Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao: I had a good chuckle on this. I was a Regional Manager for Hilton Hotels for 10 years and I can just imagine something like this happening. :rofl:
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Art-of-DarkElegance Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOL!
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Tifa22 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao:
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LCDrake Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I feel horrible for the poor people calling to book the hotel for weddings and proms and what not. They didn't realize they had dialed the wrong number.
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree.
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fractek Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   General Artist
me too! Putting a wedding together is such an important event and stressful to say the least! I think this woman went a bit to far... think of how that poor bride must have felt...
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nmsmith Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My organization was scheduled into a hotel last month, and someone screwed up, and half the booked rooms were sold to other people. We ended up in hotels all over the city. Hassle. I feel for the poor people who were told they had no reservations.

I also got a good chuckle about how the underdog - Leola - put one over on the corporate chain.
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fractek Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   General Artist
I hear ya! :D
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Genisay Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD That was good! Go her!
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keyanadrake Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Writer
XD
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Zieram Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
LOL that's awesome!
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Pumakitten Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle:
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