Great Moments in Telecommunications

Scene: interior of LA Airport Lounge. Our hero is unsuccessfully trying to make a phone call using his credit card. After a couple of aborted attempts, he talks to an operator.
Operator: Hello, Sir, can I help you?
Hero: I hope so. I’m trying to make a call to Australia, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Can you help?
Operator: Certainly. What number are you trying to reach?
Hero: 02 12345678
Operator: Oh, I see the problem. I’m sorry, but you’re not able to make a call to that country with the phone handset you’re using at the moment.
Hero: Oh, that’s a shame.
Operator: Would you like to try to call a different country?
Hero: … I was kind of hoping to reach Australia. I can’t really think of another country I’d like to be talking to at the moment.
Operator: I see. Thanks for calling.
Hero: Thank you.

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One thought on “Great Moments in Telecommunications

  1. Ahhh…the joys of deregulation. There are benefits….really! But the headaches you can get at a payphone certainly make you wonder. :-)
    Welcome back to Al Gore’s Hiway, Dave!
    Greg

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