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Forgot her name....

A-RodA-Rod Registered User regular
edited December 2006 in Help / Advice Forum
Ok so I was at a company party tonight, and there was this girl I picked up. Shes a receptionist, but none of my friends (co-workers) know her name either. And she doesnt wear a name tag....the name she left on my cell was "Receptionist".....

How can I tactifully get her name? I have her number, but no name, and so I dont want to come off as a total dunce for forgetting. I looked up the company directory, but its not working properly.

Any tips?

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    PkErthbndPkErthbnd Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    You could always coyly ask "How do you spell your last name?" or something along those lines and then use the directory to find her. Just hope her last name isn't something like "Smith." You could also tell her you have a bunch of "Receptionists" in your phone and want to make her special and put her real name in your phone. Best of luck.

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    Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I don't know how your office is, but if practical walk by her with a friend who doesn't know her. Say hello to her, and introduce your friend. She should, in turn, introduce herself to him.

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    Locust76Locust76 Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I don't know how your office is, but if practical walk by her with a friend who doesn't know her. Say hello to her, and introduce your friend. She should, in turn, introduce herself to him.

    This is a good idea, but it just smacks of a Seinfeld episode... she'll probably introduce herself as such: "Hello, I'm the new receptionist!"

    Then you're boned and you gotta search through employment records or look up her licence plate number... then you run the risk of being called out as a stalker and then your chances plummet to 0 :)

    Careful

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    Ratman_tfRatman_tf Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Steal her purse and check her ID?

    Srsly. If you just met her, there's no harm in getting her name right. I'd even bust her chops in a playful way. Call her "Receptionist" and then tell her you're bad with names...

    And then don't forget it. Natch.

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    RPGeekRPGeek Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    http://www.whitepages.com/10204/reverse_phone

    Number goes in, name comes out. You do live in Toronto, right?

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    Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Locust76 wrote:
    I don't know how your office is, but if practical walk by her with a friend who doesn't know her. Say hello to her, and introduce your friend. She should, in turn, introduce herself to him.

    This is a good idea, but it just smacks of a Seinfeld episode... she'll probably introduce herself as such: "Hello, I'm the new receptionist!"
    ...
    Careful

    Hey, worked for me!

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    TheGreat2ndTheGreat2nd Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Locust76 wrote:
    I don't know how your office is, but if practical walk by her with a friend who doesn't know her. Say hello to her, and introduce your friend. She should, in turn, introduce herself to him.

    This is a good idea, but it just smacks of a Seinfeld episode... she'll probably introduce herself as such: "Hello, I'm the new receptionist!"
    Can't help but laugh because it's almost exactly like that Seinfeld episode :lol:

    Worth a try though :D

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Apologise, say that you forgot her name.

    She will then get very angry at you and tell you her name.

    Laugh, say not her fist name you meant her last name. As you always get all of the Jenny's (example name) mixed up. Note: the last sentence will not work if her name is Persephone, you then need to comment that it's impossible not to remember her first name but her surname is giving you trouble.

    All else fails do what the other person suggested but get your friend to just cold cut and introduce himself that has far more chance of actually working.

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    Cptn PantsCptn Pants Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Does your company has Microsoft Office? Just go into the contact list and look for the receptionist. Company email can be awesome when trying to meet someone.


    True story, everyday for a week I would see this girl I was attracted to but she was always talking to someone so I didn't want to interrupt and introduce myself. Well one day I saw she was passing out Girl Scout cookies, so I sent out an office email "To: all, Subject: Who was selling young woman scout cookies. Body: I'm looking for the young lady selling girl scout cookies, I'd like to buy some if you still have any. Come see me in my cube over by the number 2 kiosk.". Well anyway later that day she comes over and we talked for about 20 minutes, we went out that night... it didn't work out though because it turned out she was a smoker... sigh.

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    Sara LynnSara Lynn I can handle myself. Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Try and be all smooth and be like, "Oh, I remember you! What was your name again? Susie? Annie? Latisha?" all jokingly, and maybe she'll be like "No, it's ___."

    Or it'll backfire and you'll look silly.

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    YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Mulva?

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    trixtahtrixtah Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Sara Lynn wrote:
    Try and be all smooth and be like, "Oh, I remember you! What was your name again? Susie? Annie? Latisha?" all jokingly, and maybe she'll be like "No, it's ___."

    Or it'll backfire and you'll look silly.
    I'm almost certain you're boned if you try this. =p
    Just try asking around the office first and if that doesn't work just look around her desk. She's bound to have written down her name somewhere.

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    A-RodA-Rod Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Well i tried the whole office contact list, but all i got was affiliates of the company. And the white page thing showed its her cell, so no name....but when i call her its going to be her picking up. Sadly she doesnt have any real friends at work so asking around doesnt help, shes just known as the 'hot girl at the reception'. So I might try to call her set up something then in person bring up some crap about photos and drivers licenses pics and try and see her photo after showing mine..... Or I might luck out and get her machine when i call, and she says her name in the answering machine message.

    thanks for the input guys...any other ideas are welcome, i wont try calling her until tomorrow.

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    DekuStickDekuStick Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    If you knew the work number I'd bet she has to answer with her name and then position.

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    What's her faceWhat's her face Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I've known people who I didn't know the names of for a couple weeks just because actual names just never came up.
    And she put "Receptionist" in your phone. She probably never even said her name and knowingly put that as a joke.

    Just ask her. Say something like, "Puting 'Reciptionist' in my phone actually made me forget your name."

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    LavaKnightLavaKnight Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Driver's license and photos? I think that's stretching a bit. I would think that someone that's been picking up on me, and is also trying to get me to show them my ID, would be a little bit off-kilter.

    The best bet would be to try calling her from work, like Deku mentioned. Receptionists usually answer with their first names.

    If that fails, I would do something along the lines of calling her, asking her out on a date, and then when you meet face to face, jokingly introduce yourself to her and hope she has the sense of humor to return the facetious introduction.

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    Vindicta_Vindicta_ Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Call her and say something around the lines of, 'Hey, it's so and so. I totally forgot your name. Could you by chance tell me and I'll hang up and call you back?' Or something around those lines. Admit it, but make it funny.

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    ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    So, wait, did she even tell you her name in the first place? If not, then you should ask her what it is. I highly recommend not pursuing the Seinfeld-esque suggestions in this thread.

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    MenaceMenace regular
    edited December 2006
    Yeah, I think you pretty much have to swallow your pride on this one.

    If you take the Seinfeld route, you'll get a Seinfeld ending most likely. (Though it would make a nice story for this thread.)

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    stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    "Hi, I found this number on my phone but I don't remember how it got there Who am I speaking to? Oh Hi! wow, I'm glad you left me your number..."

    Something along those lines doesn't seem too offensive.

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    ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    stigweard wrote:
    "Hi, I found this number on my phone but I don't remember how it got there Who am I speaking to? Oh Hi! wow, I'm glad you left me your number..."

    Something along those lines doesn't seem too offensive.
    :? Maybe it would be better not to imply that he was too drunk the night before to know what he was doing.

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    GrimmGrimm Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I suggest one of two things. Send a friend over to her desk to ask something. Have them introduce themself while they are there. Or just wait till it comes up in conversation. I've had more then a few acquaintances and friends of friends that i couldn't remember their names. Sooner or later it always came up. Every once in awhile, this one girl will run up and hug me every time she sees me out around town. Its been a few years and i still have no idea what her name is and she hasn't caught on yet.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Go apologize for being an airhead and ask her what her name is again.

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    stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Zek wrote:
    stigweard wrote:
    "Hi, I found this number on my phone but I don't remember how it got there Who am I speaking to? Oh Hi! wow, I'm glad you left me your number..."

    Something along those lines doesn't seem too offensive.
    :? Maybe it would be better not to imply that he was too drunk the night before to know what he was doing.

    Who said anything about drinking? If she was tlaking to him, she'll know how drunk he was if he drank at all. It is pretty easy to forget something like a new phone number when you've had a busy day, even easier if you got more than one that night (not that you'd say that). It is a whole lot more forgivable to not recognize a new person's voice than it is their face.

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    sirSolariussirSolarius Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Find out whose receptionist she is, and then call that person =)

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    ChorazinChorazin Lancaster, PARegistered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Just call her office number and she'll answer with her name. Easy as pie.

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    ege02ege02 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    It's no big deal dude. People forget each other's names all the time. At a party atmosphere, it is normal, even.

    Here is what I would do: go tell her that you forgot her name. When she reminds you, say "ahha!" and chat her up a bit.

    Do it again the next day. Ask her name, say "ahha!" and chat her up.

    And again the next day.

    That way, you'll not only be perceived as playful (if you do it with the right attitude, that is), she will also think that you didn't actually forget her name, and that the first time was a joke too. You're using it as an excuse to talk to her, and since you're doing it in such a blatantly obvious manner, it's kinda cute (again, depends on the attitude).

    When she calls you on your little thing ("you aren't actually forgetting my name, are you?"), you can be like, "i am! you know what? your name is so hard to remember. I'm gonna call you <funny nickname>". This will be congruent with the playfulness and you'll have something to laugh at when you're together.

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    CangoFettCangoFett Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    ege02 wrote:
    It's no big deal dude. People forget each other's names all the time. At a party atmosphere, it is normal, even.

    Here is what I would do: go tell her that you forgot her name. When she reminds you, say "ahha!" and chat her up a bit.

    Do it again the next day. Ask her name, say "ahha!" and chat her up.

    And again the next day.

    That way, you'll not only be perceived as playful (if you do it with the right attitude, that is), she will also think that you didn't actually forget her name, and that the first time was a joke too. You're using it as an excuse to talk to her, and since you're doing it in such a blatantly obvious manner, it's kinda cute (again, depends on the attitude).

    When she calls you on your little thing ("you aren't actually forgetting my name, are you?"), you can be like, "i am! you know what? your name is so hard to remember. I'm gonna call you <funny nickname>". This will be congruent with the playfulness and you'll have something to laugh at when you're together.


    Or, you could do the seinfield episode trick. Its far less gimmicky, more likely to work, and isn't retarded.

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    Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    CangoFett wrote:
    ege02 wrote:
    It's no big deal dude. People forget each other's names all the time. At a party atmosphere, it is normal, even.
    Here is what I would do: go tell her that you forgot her name. When she reminds you, say "ahha!" and chat her up a bit.
    Do it again the next day. Ask her name, say "ahha!" and chat her up.
    And again the next day.
    That way, you'll not only be perceived as playful (if you do it with the right attitude, that is), she will also think that you didn't actually forget her name, and that the first time was a joke too. You're using it as an excuse to talk to her, and since you're doing it in such a blatantly obvious manner, it's kinda cute (again, depends on the attitude).
    When she calls you on your little thing ("you aren't actually forgetting my name, are you?"), you can be like, "i am! you know what? your name is so hard to remember. I'm gonna call you <funny nickname>". This will be congruent with the playfulness and you'll have something to laugh at when you're together.
    Or, you could do the seinfield episode trick. Its far less gimmicky, more likely to work, and isn't retarded.
    Just as effective: Ask her to marry you; at some point she has to tell the priest her real name. Or possibly, you could get her to write all the invitations, then you could insist on hand-delivering one or two and then all you have to do is look at the bottom, where it says who's getting married.
    :roll:

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    Cptn PantsCptn Pants Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Another Email trick, Email the receptionist asking her if your lunch has arrived, then she's respond and her email should have a signature like "Name: position held: company name and address."

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    Dread Pirate ArbuthnotDread Pirate Arbuthnot OMG WRIGGLY T O X O P L A S M O S I SRegistered User regular
    edited December 2006
    What you really need to do is break into her office. Wait until she leaves, then construct a system of gears and levers. Slide this underneath her door, then use it to unlock the door. Slip in, and go through her personal files. When you find her name, carve it into her arm so that you'll never again forget it

    Seriously, guys, you're probably overthinking this :P

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2006
    Blaket wrote:
    Apologise, say that you forgot her name.

    She will then get very angry at you and tell you her name.

    Laugh, say not her fist name you meant her last name. As you always get all of the Jenny's (example name) mixed up. Note: the last sentence will not work if her name is Persephone, you then need to comment that it's impossible not to remember her first name but her surname is giving you trouble.

    All else fails do what the other person suggested but get your friend to just cold cut and introduce himself that has far more chance of actually working.

    This is disgustingly clever and I wish I was the dude who invented it.

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    aesiraesir __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    well, hopefully you have at least one decent friend at work. Ask that person to go up and introduce himself to the receptionist and get her name.

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    Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    pheezer FD wrote:
    Blaket wrote:
    Apologise, say that you forgot her name.

    She will then get very angry at you and tell you her name.

    Laugh, say not her fist name you meant her last name. As you always get all of the Jenny's (example name) mixed up. Note: the last sentence will not work if her name is Persephone, you then need to comment that it's impossible not to remember her first name but her surname is giving you trouble.

    All else fails do what the other person suggested but get your friend to just cold cut and introduce himself that has far more chance of actually working.

    This is disgustingly clever and I wish I was the dude who invented it.

    Yeah, this one is pretty good. So is the "get your friend to introduce themself and report back" one.

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    pheezer FD wrote:
    Blaket wrote:
    Apologise, say that you forgot her name.

    She will then get very angry at you and tell you her name.

    Laugh, say not her fist name you meant her last name. As you always get all of the Jenny's (example name) mixed up. Note: the last sentence will not work if her name is Persephone, you then need to comment that it's impossible not to remember her first name but her surname is giving you trouble.

    All else fails do what the other person suggested but get your friend to just cold cut and introduce himself that has far more chance of actually working.

    This is disgustingly clever and I wish I was the dude who invented it.

    Actually I just thought of an even sneakier way and ran back to the thread. You have her mobile right? Give it to your friend and get them to ring from a landline or from a blocked number.

    Her: Hello?

    Him: Hi Jenny how are you?

    Her: This isn't Jenny, I think you have the wrong number.

    Him: Really? (and this is the clever part) I don't think so, who am I talking to?

    Her: <mystery name>

    Him: My gosh I'm sorry is this <mystery names girls number with one number incorrect>

    Her: No sorry you've got the wrong number.

    Him: Oh well I'm sorry.

    Common courtesy would mean that you would need to buy your friend a drink. Also common courtesy would mean you would need to apologise for taking so long to call the nice lady.

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    sirSolariussirSolarius Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Run up and punch her in the face. Yell, "WHAT'S MY NAME, BIATCH?"

    When she responds, say, "OK, NOW WHAT'S YOUR NAME, BIATCH?"

    On a serious note, are we quite done here? This is just getting out of hand. Either let's get an update or just let this thread die.

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    PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2006
    Run up and punch her in the face. Yell, "WHAT'S MY NAME, BIATCH?"

    When she responds, say, "OK, NOW WHAT'S YOUR NAME, BIATCH?"

    On a serious note, are we quite done here? This is just getting out of hand. Either let's get an update or just let this thread die.

    You don't run shit and you don't get to pretend like you do.

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    A-RodA-Rod Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Ok so I called her up, never said her name, and set up a date during the week. Im basically going to have someone else at work I know very well, get her name. If he fails....which I dont understand why he would, then I will dial up the office in hopes that she picks up. If that fails, then I will do the last name thing.

    When I called today i hoped it would go to her machine and she would have the message saying her name....I wasnt lucky enough. she wanted to do something today, but I was feeling sick so I postponed it.

    Anyway I think I should be good. Thanks.

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