Sh*t Crazy Newsroom Callers Say

by - March 21, 2013

I've written before (many times, in fact) about the crazy people who call our newsroom. It's not out of the ordinary for me to talk to three or four of them in one day. These calls are usually my most popular activity on Facebook. So I decided I should start chronicling them, and what better place than on my blog?

So I present to you "Sh*t Crazy Newsroom Callers Say" - a blog segment dedicated to all the crazy people who think it's a great idea to call our newsroom.

We'll start with a wrap-up of this week so far, which has been unusually calm phone-wise. I guess it's all the Spring temperature we've been experiencing...

On Monday, a lady from one of our smaller communities called us about a scam, but it wasn't to report it or even have us do a story on it. Apparently some Jamaican-accented man was calling her about winning a lottery she'd never entered. She'd also supposedly won a car. Fortunately, the woman did not fall victim to the scam. However, the man was continuously calling her and she wanted him to stop. So one of her friends suggested she call us and give us his number so we could make him stop... Bless her heart.

Yesterday (Wednesday), the man we know only as the Opp Scanner Man called with a message for our weather team - don't let it rain in Opp on Saturday. I kindly explained to him that they don't control the weather. I'm still not sure if he believed me.

Tuesday, a "lawyer" called and threatened to sue us. For reporting what the police told us. She accused us, very loudly, of publishing false information on our website. In reality the information she insisted we had reported was actually news to us. It's always fun telling irate callers that they've called the wrong media outlet.

Stay tuned for more crazy stuff our callers tell us!

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