The Temptress Chronicles: IV


The phone here at work just rang – a rare occurrence at this particular financial institution. I answered, and this is what I heard:

“Hi, I’m being detained at the Davidson County jail, and need bail money. I’ve been framed. This is my one phone call. Can you help me out?”

“Um, are you serious?”

“Yes. Very serious.” He told me his name, and what kind of a doctor he is.

“Are you a client here?”


“Well. We’re not a bank, per se. We’re more along the lines of private wealth management.”

“Okay. But can you help me? This is my ONE phone call.” The panic in his voice was evident.

“Um… well… I’m just the [temp!] receptionist. Let me toss you over to Sandra.”

I transferred the call, and watched the light that indicated Sandra’s phone ringing blink… and blink… and blink… but she was away from her desk. She never answered.

I have failed him.


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  1. Jodie on November 13, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Oh how AWFUL! My heart fell into my stomach for you! What a horrible feeling. You poor thing, I just feel for you. And for him.

  2. duane on November 13, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    bail fail?

    wow. just… wow. that is amazing. annie parsons: songstress, blogger and bail bondsman.

    ps. – my word verification is ‘blinglus’. which seems close to ‘bling-less’. which i guess would describe anyone calling from jail.

  3. [not the] Best Blog Ever on November 13, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    I suspect PRANK CALL.

    Who would do that for real??

    Sheesh. I’m going to have to ponder this one for awhile.

  4. Marijke on November 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    oh man, this makes me sick to my stomach. I might have actually vomited if I were you.

    also, lesson learned for those of us (me) who thumb their noses at the “warm transfer” method.

  5. Allie, Dearest on November 13, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    That is terrible!!!!

    What if he was serious. What if he really had nobody else to call?

  6. Tad on November 13, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    OMG!! How aweful.

    Don’t feel too bad though. If he was dumb enough to call a “Wealth Managment Firm” and not a bank, maybe he deserves to squirm in the can a little.

  7. Anonymous on November 13, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Oh, I hope it was a prank call.

  8. Anonymous on November 13, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    devastating….I’m so ashamed!

  9. erin on November 13, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    i love that you tagged this as “too bad.” It’s really the understatements in life that make me laugh the most.

    I also want to point out that i believe i was the one that started the “report the verifiction word” trend and i am happy to see it continuing full force. Today’s gem: asmanica. i got nothin.

  10. Annie Parsons on November 13, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    “Asmanica” is what happens when an asthmatic plays the harmonica.

    A squanky wheeze. Kind of like when you sneeze and hiccup at the same time?

  11. Shannon on November 13, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Haha. Am I a terrible person for thinking that this was hilarious!?! I think the pregnancy hormones have made me a more evil person. But seriously, I do feel bad for you being put in that situation… but what a great story!! I WISH someone I didn’t know would call me for their one phone call!

    ps. Your new tuneage on myspace. FANTABULOUS!
    Again. Please God. Give me a voice like Annie.

  12. Sarah on November 13, 2008 at 11:21 PM


    It’s too bad that he only had one phone call, but maybe he should have thought that one out a little more carefully…

  13. Annie Parsons on November 13, 2008 at 11:49 PM


    Poor guy.

  14. kates on November 14, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    This is so ridiculous! I’ve read this post at least five times and it still makes me laugh. I’m so confused as to why a doctor would waste his one call. Shouldn’t he have wealthy doctor friends to bail him out? I’d be googling him, but I’m what some might call an Internet stalker.

  15. bec on November 14, 2008 at 2:36 AM

    that is so sad! except that it can be called a bail fail.

  16. Paul on November 14, 2008 at 8:11 AM

    I swear, girl, you are a magnet for the most unbelievable events in Western society. How do you do this? But I will say this, we run into lots of people who come looking for money at church, who also say they are a “doctor,” that they have been framed, that I/we are their only hope, that it’s all on us, that they’re a victim, and that we’re absolutely responsible for their happiness. So, I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it. But still, how do you draw such a crowd. . .

    Love, DAd

  17. giving up slowly on November 14, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    I agree with Kates: if you remember his name definitely google him to prove his legitimacy. Although, if he was a real snake he would use a real doctor’s name anyways…

    I think your bail fail definitely added to my Friday joy. :)

  18. Grant on November 14, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    You have avoided a scam! It’s one that is becomming more and more common. Don’t feel bad…the guy wasn’t really in jail…a big tip off is jails don’t just give one phone call…thats a myth, they give you the necessry time to get in touch with someone who will help.

  19. Lyla on November 14, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    I have a feeling he was pulling your leg. Either that was a really awesome prank call, or dude has zero friends or family to call.

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