I Was Rickrolled by a TTY Relay Operator

There is a first time for everything. Like calling Microsoft on April Fools’ Day to help uninstall Linux.

I’d like to share what happened earlier today: I received a TTY Relay call. Relay calls happen all the time, but this one is special… I was RickRolled by someone who is deaf or mute. Perhaps they just called via relay as a joke. Anyway, it was seriously the highlight of my week, and I think it’s the first time someone has been RickRolled by TTY relay.

Here’s a rough transcript of how it happened, enjoy:

Cellphone rings… [weird 5-digit number calling]…I answer.

Me: Hello, this is Wayne.

Operator: This is relay operator 7852, I have a relay call for you. Have you ever received a relay call before?

Me: Yes I have, hello, go ahead.

Operator: Hello… I just watched your video about the Linux and the Rickroll, don’t ever make a stupid video like that again, I just wasted 10 minutes.  Go ahead.

Me: [Sigh] [Laughing really hard] ah ga oh man, you’ve made my day (happy tone) Go ahead.

Operator: Seriously, what a loser! Go ahead.

Me: [Laughing] Ohhhh man, you’ve made my day! Go ahead.

Operator: Ok but I just wanna tell you one more thing that I’m never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you, never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you. Go ahead.

Me: [Laughing] Ah that was really good, thank you.  Have a good day.  Go ahead. *hangs up*

Go ahead indeed! Well played, sir!  Edit:  The guy who did it was kind enough to contact me, and “SirGeek” sent along an email with the transcript as proof:

Hi. That were me. I attached an image for proof. Note that I really did love the video, I just wanted to see how far the operator would read off some insults before I got my ‘roll on :P So no harm intended.

I would have used my cellphone, but I couldn’t find the damn thing.

F**king brilliant.

  • http://youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU brian

    pwned!!

  • Grégory Lemarchal

    Michel Sida a le sardou

  • lsutiger

    Better than being tay rolled
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=_0719DxMOUY

  • Vadim P.

    What’s a relay call?

  • http://1ph0ne.com Sergey

    Vadim, this is an operator service that allows people who are Deaf, Hard–of–Hearing, Speech–Disabled, and DeafBlind to place calls to standard telephone users via TDD (TTY), personal computer or other assistive telephone device.

  • Vadim P.

    Oh I see, thanks.

  • Alison

    If it was a genuine deafie, how would they have accessed the video in the first place? I’m assuming there’s no subtitles on it, and they’d have given up in seconds?

    Hate to be a wet blanket, unfortunately relay pranks can stop genuine callers getting through.

  • stormzen

    Yeah, that was my thought:

    Points for creativity, but a kick in the head for accessibility concerns.

  • upbeat.linux

    Better than being Mario-paint rolled:

    http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/video/mariopaintroll

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