Feel free to give this phone number out at any time
Back in the days before smartphones and social media, it was a lot easier to disappear if you wanted to. People who were in uncomfortable social situations could simply give out a fake phone number or a payphone number, and the offending party would never be able to contact them.
These days, you can be stalked and messaged relentlessly on Facebook or Instagram. Even if you block the person, it’s so easy for them to make new profiles to get to you. If you give out a fake number, the person can immediately call or text you to make sure it goes through. (You know they’re going to have questions when your phone doesn’t light up immediately.)
To solve all these problems, one forward-thinking blog has taken the initiative to give you some anonymity and safety when dealing with people who really want your digits.
The Mary Sue is a blog that “sits at the nexus of pop culture and the uncharted universe.” They celebrate geek culture, comics, movies, new tech, video games, and other mind-boggling things that they enjoy. However, they are not just about fun and games.
The blog creators explained,
“We promote, watchdog, extoll, and celebrate diversity and women’s representation in all of these areas and work to make geekdom safe and open for everyone. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, feminist community of people who not only love what they love but care about others who love it and have an intense passion for those who create it.”
Their emphasis on safe spaces for everyone is why they took the time to make The Mary Sue Rejection Hotline.
This innovative rejection phone number was made for the ladies, but anyone trying shake an annoying or aggressive person can use it. When people call the number (646-926-6614), they will receive the following recording: “Oh hello there. If you’re hearing this message, you’ve made a woman feel unsafe and/or disrespected. Please learn to take no for an answer and respect women’s emotional and physical autonomy. K THANNKS.”
As many people will do when they get a phone number from someone, they will try to send a text and see if it goes through to other person’s phone. The Mary Sue planned for that exact scenario, and it’s genius. The unsavory character will get a text one hour later that says the same thing as the recording. The lapse is designed to give the number-giver enough time to leave the area before they are confronted about the text.
Rejection Made Easy
The Mary Sue staff is quite happy to provide this service since they know (sometimes first-hand) how uncomfortable people can make others feel when trying to hit on them. They wrote, “We would love to imagine that there won’t be many calls/text made to this voicemail, but we all know that won’t be the case.”
The rejection phone number is not a new concept. You can call 206-569-5829 to leave a voicemail for the person you were trying to flirt with earlier. If your message is good enough, it will end up on the MOViN 92.5’s Loser Line radio show in Seattle.
The original Rejection Hotline phone number was created in 2001. (The number for it is 605-475-6968.) The hilarious recording says in part, “Unfortunately, the person who gave you this Rejection Hotline number did not want you to have their real number. We know this sucks, but don’t be too devastated. Maybe you’re just not this person’s type.”
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