Day 595: Call collect

This "car phone" was created by business owner Howard Davis as a way to promote his telephone company. (I want one.)

Ever notice how hard it is to find a pay phone these days? I wasn’t actually looking for one today, but when I spotted one at the subway, I realized it had been a while since I’d left some “surprise” change in any coin returns around town.

Trouble was, it was rush hour and I didn’t want to make it too obvious that I was leaving money in the return slot.

So I put the coins in pretending I was making a call (even looked at my watch for maximum verisimilitude*) dialed my own phone number, then pushed down the receiver after the first ring so my refund would drop into the receptacle. I was so convincing in my role that I just about reached in to retrieve them. (Dang method acting.)

I glanced around to check that no one had noticed what I was doing (would not be any fun if some guy with a briefcase ran over and grabbed the dough right away).

But my master plan seemed to work and no one appeared to catch on.

The only trouble with my little “gift” plan is that I’m never around to see the look on the person’s face who finds it. Oh well….

P.S. Song for today. Enjoy!

P.P.S. Car phone picture from HERE and video from HERE.

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