- Posted October 19, 2013 by
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Weekend assignment: Operation pay phone
Payphone and Mop
From behind the counter the female attendant looked at me with a questionable stare and said, "I don't know."
Three men waiting on line to buy drinks and cigarettes looked at me and I could tell they were also interested in learning more about the payphone. I explained that today pay phones are operated by private companies that maintain and clean them about once a month and that a pay phone must generate at least $100 or more a month for the it to be considered profitable.
The store clerk chimed in and said, "Well then I am pretty sure it doesn't work because I've never seen anyone service it."
One of the men questioned, "Does it have a dial tone? If it does then it works." I said, "Give me a minute, I'll be right back."
I went outside, picked up the telephone handset, listened for a few seconds and went back inside. "It's dead as a door nail."
One of the guys repeated my words, "Dead as a door nail."
We all laughed and I left. I looked for the payphone and mop every time I passed by the store. For many months the mop was still there, leaning on the dead phone. However, as of September 20, 2013, the mop is gone. The payphone is still there.