Mysterious Spam Calls Came From Actual Gecko
Random spam calls can be really annoying, and if you work at Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center animal hospital in Hawaii, you probably got a lot of them last week.
Hospital director Dr. Claire Simeone shared her story, which began with her receiving 9 mystery calls within 15 minutes, in a series of hilarious tweets on Twitter this week.
More calls. NINE calls in 15 minutes. I start to panic a bit, and drive back to the hospital. Seal emergency? I am on it. pic.twitter.com/qtjc2ZK68d— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) October 5, 2018
She panicked and went straight back to the hospital to see what was wrong, but no one knew who had called her. The more she asked, the more she found other employees who were getting the same spammy yet silent calls.
I arrive. All is calm. Did anyone call me? No one did. I get another call. It’s coming from INSIDE the hospital. So I call @HawaiianTel to check it out. Phone on the fritz? Meanwhile, several other people call the hospital, asking WHY WE ARE CALLING THEM INCESSANTLY? pic.twitter.com/r59Hoxgk1z— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) October 5, 2018
There were so many unexplained calls all coming from inside the facility that staff suspected a glitch in the phone system.
Very nice @HawaiianTel man says it might be an issue with one of our phones, or some of the software. He confirms that, yes, a bazillion calls are coming from one line. But I look at our office line. It’s not that one. He asks me to look around to find the problem line. pic.twitter.com/QcrMjVCG4X— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) October 5, 2018
The theory was confirmed by Hawaiian Telecom as a possibility, but they soon found it was something completely different.
I walk around the hospital. Not the fish kitchen. Not the office. Not the viewing room. I get another call from @TMMC on my cell. I enter the laboratory. That’s the line! I approach the phone... pic.twitter.com/CBym9fY01H— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) October 5, 2018
It was a gecko.
THERE IS A GECKO SITTING ON THE TOUCHSCREEN OF THE PHONE, MAKING CALLS WITH HIS TINY GECKO FEET!!! This gecko has called me 15 times, and everyone in our recent call list. *Actual photo of telemarketer* @TMMC @GEICO @HawaiianTel pic.twitter.com/USyKeOiDbE— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) October 5, 2018
I had to apologize to @HawaiianTel man, who said “well, I haven’t heard that one before.” I had to send out a note to all of our staff and volunteers, who may have received telemarketing calls. I immediately hired gecko. pic.twitter.com/4xOYeg7pZ0— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Claire_Simeone) October 5, 2018
Calls had gone out to everyone on the recent call list, so people outside the hospital staff must've been bothered as well.
We'd seen him in a lot of weird commercials, but we never thought he'd be so sneaky in real life. Too bad he forgot to say his catchphrase while he had the confused call recipients on the line!