To ask if you've ever heard something interesting whilst eavesdropping

(99 Posts)
HilaryClinton Mon 25-Feb-13 09:35:37

Not amazing but on the tram I heard two colleagues talking about (a manager) that was trying to get cosy with the younger one. The older one started saying about his lovely wife and their kids. The young one kept going "are you sure we're talking about the same person?"... But they were. It was riveting.

My husband was interviewed for a big promotion at work. That afternoon the senior managers had a meeting to discuss the interviews and candidates in the meeting room adjacent his office.... He found he needed something from the other side of the site. But he did get the job.

kim147 Mon 25-Feb-13 09:39:55

Pretty much most mobile phone conversations I hear around here seem to be arguments. I think a lot of stressed and unhappy people live near me.

Chigley1 Mon 25-Feb-13 09:41:35

I was having an early morning cup of tea in McDs before work and could her the couple next to me talking. It became clear that they were having an affair. She was definitely married, not sure about him.

HilaryClinton Mon 25-Feb-13 09:41:39

Ooh that's sad. I do sometimes see people looking at their phone on disbelief of the words that have come out of it.

thegraduand Mon 25-Feb-13 09:45:04

I heard that Sid was leaving CBeebies at the end of March, he was walking along behind me in Salford Quays chatting to someone. The voice was really familiar and at first I assumed it was someone I worked with but couldn't place. Didn't dawn on me I knew him from the telly.

FirstTimeForEverything Mon 25-Feb-13 09:45:55

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fertilityFTW Mon 25-Feb-13 09:48:31

We like to give people something entertaining to overhear. So on the weekend while shopping (well, browsing really) for baby things we debated the best time to get the baby chipped. When they're 3 mths or 6mths? What do you think, dear?

noodleone Mon 25-Feb-13 09:59:30

Years ago on the train, the man behind me was restructuring the channel tunnel (as it was called at the time) finance structure. I was riveted

FruOla Mon 25-Feb-13 10:32:40

On a commuter train on a Friday evening, a group of women sitting behind me - they were talking about their various plans for the weekend. One of them was going to a wedding on the Saturday; her friend, X, was marrying a guy called Y. She thought it might be a bit 'rough' as loads of Y's yobbish football mates were going to be at the wedding.

Y played football with my, then, DP and ... yes, we were going to his wedding the next day! I might add that Y, DP and their football mates weren't in the least yobbish grin

HorribleMother Mon 25-Feb-13 10:42:39

Moms in the supermarket confessing that they went ahead & bought Easter Eggs for the DC last wee ("it's only a pound"). then the moms scoffed the eggs themselves shortly after getting home. I suddenly realised That's why Easter Eggs are on sale from January.

I sometimes see people looking sideways at DH when he's on the phone because it sounds like he is some kind of stock trader, selling things for several million before the price drops.

He looks like a scruffy hobbit, and he is talking about some RPG game he plays, normally he is on the phone discussing tactics with his friends <yawn> but is sounds really impressive to the casual eavesdropper!

freddiefrog Mon 25-Feb-13 10:55:19

I was at work one day with a window open, and overheard a blow by blow (quite literally actually) account of someone's sexual encounter the evening before.

I learnt a few tips actually grin

steppemum Mon 25-Feb-13 11:04:41

fertility, that is priceless!!!

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Mon 25-Feb-13 11:08:50

Most recently in a local supermarket on Valentines Day, I overheard 2 blokes talking near the flower display:

Bloke 1: You know it's all a big money-making con?
Bloke 2: I know, I know, but I can't take the risk. She'll kill me!

grin

gardengate Mon 25-Feb-13 12:08:04

It's amazing the number of people who talk over me as if I'm not there. But they do tend to lean on me too. I know secrets. Moo-ha-ha-haz-ha!

Ashoething Mon 25-Feb-13 12:31:11

I evesdropped on my next door neighbour bitching about me to her crony-they were in the garden and I had the bedroom window open. After 10 years of her never speaking to us and giving filthy looks I decided to confront her-it was very cartharticgrin

FruitOwl Mon 25-Feb-13 12:56:50

While at uni I went on holiday with my then boyfriend, and his mother picked us up from the airport when we arrived home. I was knackered so fell asleep but woke up in time to hear her saying that it was my fault that he'd failed his first year of uni. Not sure how she figured that one out as I passed my own course comfortably. I confronted him about it afterwards as he hadn't defended me, and he denied that she'd ever said it! That was the beginning of the end and I think it was a lucky escape...

pluCaChange Mon 25-Feb-13 13:03:09

noodleone, you lucky thing! I was reporting on the Chunnel's restructuring when it happened and could have done with the insider knowledge! wink

limitedperiodonly Mon 25-Feb-13 13:10:28

No but I've got a really big gob. After too many times being caught gossiping about someone who turns out to be standing behind me or whose friend is, I've learned to button it.

LaurieBlueBell Mon 25-Feb-13 13:11:47

I didn't actually mean to evesdrop but I was in school staff room once and heard the deputy head discussing my ds with a group of staff. DS is a lovely boy who never gets into any trouble. The dh was taking the micky and insinuating DS was a bit vague and gormless. I was gutted for ds even though he wasn't there sad

cece Mon 25-Feb-13 13:11:55

In chemists one day. A lady came in who had had her 7th baby about 6 weeks ago. She confided to shop assistant that she was pg with her 8th!

pluCaChange Mon 25-Feb-13 13:12:19

That's right: "Loose lips sink ships"!

pluCaChange Mon 25-Feb-13 13:13:30

Sorry, that was in response to limitedperiod's post! smile

limitedperiodonly Mon 25-Feb-13 13:17:28

tasteslikepanda I've got a DH like that. Part of his job involves handmade shoes.

He was shouting into his phone in a noisy airport about carrying uppers and needles. Luckily no one called the police for a strip search.

AhsataN Mon 25-Feb-13 13:17:54

was having a drink with my dp(now ex) and his mother id had enough so decided to go to bed. while laying there i could his mother telling him how she didnt like me and i wasnt the girl for him i was too strong and she didnt acept it, blah blah blah.
now bare in mind we had been together for over 2 yrs by this point.
funny after nearly 7 years later those exact words came out of his mouth as his excuse for leaving me and his ds homeless and with nothing. thanks cunt!

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