Don't forget to hang up or turn off your phone.

It seems simple enough to remember.

But more and more people seem to forget this simple little step, and find themselves saying things which weren't meant to be heard by the person on the other end of the phone.

Or worse, if it's a FaceTime or Zoom chat, the person on the other end might see something that wasn't meant to be seen.

Redditor ScarTissue5 was curious to hear the many wild things people overheard when people thought they'd hung up, but didn't, leading them to ask:

"What’s the craziest thing you’ve heard someone say after they thought the phone call had ended but they forgot to hang up?"

"A colleague of mine dialed into a meeting of 2-3 managers plus about 25 sales reps only for everyone to suddenly go quiet and for one person to tell him the meeting was cancelled and he could drop as they, the sales reps, were just chatting sales stuff."

"He pretended to hang up and stayed on the line."

"They were basically planning a mutiny because they didn't like that their regional manager was a woman."

"They had a whole strategy for how they were going to cause a massive f*ck up that would cost the company a ton of money and look like it was her fault so she would get fired."

"The dumbwads even did a little 'are we all in agreement' roll call at the end."

"We worked in a call center so his end of the call was recorded."

"Within a week every last one of them was fired and within a month they were replaced."- InternetWeakGuy.

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Walls are not always soundproof.

"I was looking for a place to rent."

"Met the property manager and she walked me to the unit."

"It wasn't the best neighborhood and my mind was already made up as I was walking around the property with her that I wasn't going to go through with it."

"But the lady was very nice and friendly and I figured I'd at least take a look inside the unit."

"It was small and dingy."

"I looked around and told her nicely that I'd think about it and then walked out."

"After the door closed, I could hear her screaming: 'No, you f*cking won't!'"


" Oh, I'll think about it and let you know.'"

"'Ah! F*ck!!"'

"Certainly glad I did not rent."- SweetDee72.

Overheard at the office.

"I once worked as a secretary in an office that, for some reason, got butt-dialed a lot."

"During one such occasion I got to listen in while some gentleman from New York absolutely roasted one of his employees."

"'Well what the f*ck do you expect me to do?'"

"'Honestly, Tom, honestly, if it wasn't for the fact that I'm sleeping your sister, you would be out of here right now'."- BabySuperfreak.

"Here, kitty, kitty..."

"I left a client a voicemail and thought I hung up but in fact I proceeded to talk baby talk to my roommates cat for several minutes while it was recording."- Incontinento

"Another season, another reason..."

"I used to work at a call center that took orders for a lot of different things."

"I took a call from an old lady one day."

"She told me she was 89 and her husband was 92."

"She ordered a generic brand of 'the little blue pills'."

"As she was hanging up I heard:"

"Little old man: Did ya get'm?"

"Little old lady: I sure did."

"Little old man: HOT DAMN I'm gonna get some now!"

"Little old lady: *giggles*"- Shenaniganic.

You'll do this, or else...

"My mother-in-law [MIL] had a new boss who hated her."

"She was about three years from retirement, and she felt like he was trying to push her out early so she’d loose part of her pension etc."

"She asked me to check her answering machine while she was gone after her mother died and let her know if anything important came in, and to water her plants."

"The third day or so I’d been there, there was a message from this boss giving his condolences."

"Then you could hear the click where he thought he’d hung up but must have placed the receiver just wrong and was still on the line."

"He ruthlessly made fun of her with his wife for the next five minutes before saying 'Oh, sh*t!' and hanging up."

"She was at a really low point in her life, and I didn’t have the heart to tell her or leave the message on the machine."

"It would have absolutely crushed her."

"But I did record it, and then I deleted it from her machine."

"Then I called that a**hole and told him what I had, why I wasn’t telling her RIGHT NOW, but absolutely would if needed in the future, and told him I’d better hear nothing but how wonderful work was going for her and how well she was treated until she retired."

"I told him I didn’t even understand what a piece of sh*t you had to be to talk about someone like that behind their back, and especially at such a time in their life."

"And that’s exactly what happened."

"She had a wonderful last few years and figured that her mother dying had opened him up to treat her kindly and with respect."

"That was twenty years ago and I never told her and never will."

"I wouldn’t want to ever take those last few years there away from her."- skbiglia.

"You talkin' to me?"

"Not a crazy story but I had just finished talking to a client over the phone, we say our goodbyes, then I hear her ask 'are you wearing pants today?'"

"I wasn't sure how to answer that but I figure she was jokingly asking because everyone just started working from home due to covid."

"I just replied 'Yes'."

"She then burst out laughing trying to explaining that she thought she had already hung up and she was actually asking her husband that question."

"We laughed about it for about 3 mins before we actually hung up."- lexisauce.

A dissatisfied customer.

"I worked in sales, inbound call, and had a pleasant conversation with a customer who politely declined the offer and told me she was going to look elsewhere."

"We said our goodbyes, nothing out of the ordinary."

"Really sweet lady, had called in with her husband."

"As soon as she thought she hung up, she slammed her phone down and starts yelling at her husband."

"'F*ck [company name], are you f*cking shitting me right now?'"

"'$350 a f*cking year?'"

"'I’m not paying that much for this g*ddamn piece of sh*t [product] how the f*ck could that b*tch pitch that with a straight f*cking face?'”

"I gave her the decency of hanging up myself after that but she was 100% in the right being pissed haha."

" Inbound means she called us to update, not the other way around for those confused."

"I said she was justified because the company sucks."

"It was exactly what she called in for, just with a price increase she wasn’t expecting."- sh*ttysoprano.

Caught Red-handed.

"I called a service provider who was supposed to order certificates of good standing from a state and they were late in sending them over."

"They told me there was a delay at the state’s office and gave me a new estimate."

"They forgot to hang up, and I heard them telling their coworker that they’d completely forgot to send in the time sensitive request in the first place."

"Never used them again."- a_little_wicked

"I had a job where I was in a position to write-off a substantial phone bill, which the customer said was because her mother was dying overseas and she had dementia and needed to hear things in her voice to believe anything, including doctor’s instructions."

"She was heartbroken and sobbing about how if she had the kind of money to pay this phone bill, she would have just gone back to her country because the flight would have cost less."

"She was right about that."

"I wrote-off the entirety of the phone bill, she cried like a jilted lover in a rom-com and said people like me are angels from god etc."

"After I wished her a good evening and she thought the call was ended, she says to someone in a perfectly normal voice ‘Well, that worked!’"- aardvarkyardwork.

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But seriously, who says no to free wine?

"I was a wine club manager."

"I got an incredibly irate call from a man whose daughter had signed him up for a wine club, demanding we cancel it because it was a waste of her money."

"It caught me off guard as he somehow got my work cell, not the main club line, and I was out on a work errand."

"I only answered it because I thought it was my boss."

"So I’m holding 2 heavy packages, with the phone on my shoulder, while he’s screaming at me about how he can’t believe we let his daughter, a 30-something-year-old woman, spend this money etc."

"He was having a full-on tantrum."

"She signed an agreement to receive a shipment from us."

"I explained to him that it was her account."

"SHE would have to talk about me about making any changes, and noted she could send the wine elsewhere if he didn’t want to be the recipient."

"I was calm."

"He asked how long I’d been at the company."

"I told him about a year."

"He ended the conversation, but my hands were still full and he didn’t hang up."

"He then proceeded to brag to whoever was in the room that the 'girl' he’d been on the phone with had only been at the company about 6 months and lied that he had me in tears."

"Daughter did not want to cancel, sent the wines to her sister, and told me he was ex-military and an opinionated guy."

"Nice way of saying misogynistic a**hole I guess."- doodleywootson

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Um.. I can hear you...

"Not hanging up, but my friend, several years older was asking my to cut vinyl names for jar candles for a friend."

"I was asking about the size she needed."

"She just kept saying 'the bath and body works candles'."

"I'm not sure what size they are."

"She then asks her friend about said candles."

"Friend's friend repeats 'oh they are the bath and body works candles'."

"They keep saying this like I'm supposed to magically know what size these jars are."

"You know how you move the phone to the side to talk with someone?"

"I get the impression this happens."

"My friend goes 'It's my friend [Used_Dragon fruit], she can't afford those, she won't know'."

"I tell her, that I actually I stopped using bath and body works products over 10 years ago because they give me migraines."

"We've barely spoken since."- Used_Dragonfruit_563

So glad to know you're there for me...

"I called one of my relatives and spoke to them about a certain issue that I was experiencing and 'after' the call they said 'Jesus Christ I don't have time for this'."- SeanConneryIsMaclean


Always wise to double check...

"It was more so muting/not muting and I was the person who forgot to do so in this case."

"So we were in a breakout room in one of my online classes last year, about 5 people including me."

"I remember being annoyed/stressed either with the group or the class or just school in general so I 'muted' myself and screamed."

"Not ear defeaning but definitely quite loudly."

"IDEK if i can imitate that yell now."

"Everyone in the breakout room was like wwhooo wassss thaattt?'"

"And I pretended that it wasn't me and I think it worked."

"But even if it didn't, no one accused me lol."

But is there more to the story?

"Very late to the party here, but I got a really weird butt dial about five days after the January 6th Insurrection."

"I have no idea who the person was, it didn't pop up on Caller ID, and the call had an area code that I didn't recognize."

"It was a five-minute 'message' in which I could hear several people talking at once, both men and women, and they were arguing about blowing up a bookstore in Portland, Oregon."

"They also spoke about 'hanging' some book author that they all disagreed with, and they mentioned the Proud Boys and other seditious things as well."

"The voices were sometimes muffled and they were hard to make out at times, but the conversion alarmed me enough that I called my local FBI office."

"I quickly received a call back from an FBI Agent, who asked me a bunch of questions about the call, the caller, etc."

"He then asked if I could send him a copy of the recording of the call, which I did."

"He called back the next day."

"It turns out that the call originated in Northern California, I forget where exactly, and he asked more pointed questions, and specifically asked if I knew anyone in Cali (no, I don't)."

"He then told me that the voices that I heard appeared to have come from a pod cast."

"Somehow the caller/listener had dialed my phone number and I received a full five minutes of the pod cast to which they were listening."

"The next day, a black SUV pulled into my driveway, and two FBI Agents came to my door."

"One was the Agent with whom I had been speaking."

"He wanted to see my phone, specifically the message itself."

"I had nothing to hide, so I let him dig around in my phone for a few minutes."

"They were really nice and we talked crap for a while, and then they left."

"Of course, I was told that the conversation I heard was part of a pod cast, but now I can't help but wonder."

"If it was such an innocuous conversation/pod cast, then why would two FBI Agents show up unannounced at my house just to look at my phone?"

"I don't know why, but I still have that Agent's number in my Contacts."

"How many people can say that they have the back line of an FBI Agent saved on their phone?"- Ghost_of_a_Black_Cat

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