A courthouse in Iowa recently learned that the fees they paid to have a payphone available, based on the 11 times in one year the phone was actually used, cost them $69 per phone call instead of bringing in money.
Pay phones are definitely on the way out. The reporters were discussing if they could remember when the last time they used a payphone was. Not only could they not remember, but also I could not remember. Then I thought if I had even seen someone using a payphone recently.
Interestingly enough, these thoughts caused me to realize that every time I have seen someone using a payphone recently, I have become suspicious of their character. Who are these people who must use a phone that is less easy to trace? Why don't they have a cell phone? And why are they at this creepy gas station or standing on the corner? What kind of shenanigans are they involved with? I then guard my purse with extra caution. How ironic that something that was once so normal is now indicative of a someone of whom to be leery.