People are calling for a woman to expose the business who responded “coldly” after she texted her late sister’s number as a way to deal with her loss.
Faith Sidman (@Faithsidman1) posted a screenshot of the text exchange Wednesday with the caption, “At least I must have seen her name pop up on my phone one last time.” TikTok had more than 880,000 views on Thursday.
In the screenshot, Sidman texted her sister’s old number on July 3 to say, “I’ve been thinking about you a lot today. I love you.” On July 20, she received a response that read, “You have the wrong number.”
Sidman responded with an apology, explaining that her sister had passed away two years ago and that she only occasionally texts the number. She said she thinks the number is out of service and won’t text it anymore.
The number replied, “This is a business. Please don’t text anymore.”
Later in the comments section, Sidman shared that she had been texting her sister’s number since the day her sister passed away. Sidman said she didn’t know “the phone number would suddenly be given to a new person.”
In the comments, one user said the business had been “ruthless” in its response.
“How can one be so cold,” commented @jordonbraun. “I’m sorry, hun.”
“Time for them to go out of business” @ torilyn1329 commented.
“I just know your heart drops when her name pops…” added user @calydollabean. “I’m sorry mom.”
Others asked Sidman to reveal the name of the company that texted her.
“Girl.. if you don’t look up that number on safari and don’t know what work it is so we can trace it..” @haileyadely commented.
“What business? Name it. Not interested at all,” wrote @zed8301.
“[The text reply] really hard to see,” Sidman told Daily Dot via TikTok DM. “After the loss of my sister, I was devastated and I had a hard time accepting that she was gone, but it was great to be able to text her number as if she were still here. After receiving that message, it only made her feel lost even more real, and being completely unsympathetic didn’t help either. “
She added: “I don’t think it’s necessary to expose the business because although it is unscrupulous, they are right. It’s not her number anymore. I also don’t feel comfortable releasing that number for the same reason but also because even though it’s not, it still feels to me like it’s her number. ”
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* First published: January 7, 2022, 12:48 a.m. CST
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