Culture July 13, 2017
Why make up a number if someone's already done it for you?
Kids who grew up in the late 1990s and early 2000s remember the dawn of the rejection hotline number. It was a fun way to flirt with crushes and pull pranks on just about anyone. Guess what? The hotline has come back into fashion.
Sometimes we find ourselves in social situations we’d rather get out of. One such scenario includes being out at an event, perhaps a picnic, or a bar. Someone approaches you and and you suddenly realize: I need to get out of this, quickly.
There are a billion other places you’d rather be than talking to this person.
But then they ask for your number. Some say that a, “No thanks, I’m not interested” response is the best way to go. But others aren’t as comfortable turning people down. That’s where the rejection hotline number comes in.
If that’s your thing, of course.
You could just give them your real number but you already know you don’t like this person. You’re just trying to be nice. Maybe they just want to be friends? What if they know someone you know and then you’ll have to deal with them no matter what?
With all the thoughts going through your head, you can barely muster any combination of a fake seven-digit phone number. So instead of risking sounding like you’re clearly making up a phone number, use one you already know.
Rejection hotline numbers are here for you.
There’s nothing that could make your friends laugh more than telling them you asked for someone’s number … but then got the rejection hotline number. It’s humbling and it won’t kill you to get rejected. Maybe it just means you need to change your tactics. Or maybe they were just not that into you.
And, obviously, telling your friends you gave someone the rejection hotline will clearly make for a good story. Because, honestly, as much as we’ve talked about using them, when was the last time you actually used a rejection hotline number successfully? It’s not easy to convince someone that your number starts with “1-888.”
Was the person you gave your hotline number to particularly funny or maybe had a voice for radio? There is a rejection hotline number that directs the person’s phone call to a Seattle radio station. That’s right. MOViN 92.5’s Loser Line has a weekly podcast that airs messages from people who called their phone number.
The description of the podcast reads, “When creepers hit on you, at the club or even at your family reunion, don’t give them your real phone number … give them the Loser Line Number. They’ll call us and leave us a nice weird little message that we can play one the air.”
1-888-447-5594: This is the Easter egg number for finishing God of War. Who knows that this is about?
605-475-6968: This is the Standard Rejection Hotline.
866-740-4531: This plays “I Am Groot” on repeat for the listener.
Unfortunately, many old hotlines have gone out of commission. So be sure to check which ones actually work to get the full effect. In the meantime, we’ll always have this one.
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