If you needed to make a phone call and had no cell phone would you….

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What would you choose if you needed to make a call with no cell phone?
    Use a payphone : (126 votes)
    62 %
    Borrow a strangers phone : (66 votes)
    33 %
    Send a smoke signal : (10 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    Definitely a pay phone if it were there!  See, if someone asked to borrow my phone, what would happen if I handed it to them and then they just took off running?  I have heard that happening.  So since I would not be one to let a stranger borrow my phone, I don’t feel I can ask.  If anything, I might ask the stranger, “I desperately need to make a call, I won’t ask to borrow your phone but can you make the call for me?  Chances are I would hear several no’s but if that were me I would actually prefer to make the call holding the phone myself lol.

    Post # 4
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    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I would, and have used a payphone. I’m very shy and I don’t want to stop and ask some person to use their phone. Also I don’t want to be putting FH’s phone number, or my parents’ number, into some random person’s phone.

    Payphones are still practically all over the place here, and yeah they cost 50 cents but that’s because more people are using cell phones now. If you need to call 911 you don’t have to pay anything. 

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    Depending on the situation I would likely use a payphone if one was available. Though one time my car broke down in the parking lot of the mall where I worked at the time – I closed that night and once you left you could not get back in, my cell phone also died, it was raining heavily too, so I walked to IHOP which was the closest open business and just asked to use their phone after explaining my situation to them. The manager actually came over and let me use her phone to call someone to come help me and offered me something to drink (coffee or tea etc) on her while I waited. I’m sure I looked pretty pathetic soaking wet in my work clothes I was so grateful for the help.

    Post # 6
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    935 posts
    Busy bee

    Ive used a payphone before. however, I am big on germs so I never hold the phone directly next to my face, I insert some space so its never touching my actual ear. I had difficulty the first time using it.. and a stranger ended up offering me there phone so it worked out ! however, I would only walk up to a stranger and ask if there was not a payphone around.

    Post # 7
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    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Use a payphone. I know I don’t feel comfortable lending my phone to strangers out on the street (way too easy to run off) so I wouldn’t want to put someone else in that situation. In a pinch if I coulndn’t find a pay phone I’d be more likely to go into a store and ask to use their phone. In high school I worked customer service at a super market and let people use that phone if they needed it (and it wasn’t long distance).

    Post # 8
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    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @sweetchiquita12:  I KNOW  – i had to use one and was shocked it was 50cents!

    I have loaned my phone to a stranger before in an emergency (highway was closed, we were all stuck on it).  I would probably ask a stranger to borrow a phone or walk to a nearby house and ask to use theirs.  I figure these days everyone has a cordless so you wouldn’t even need to go inside.

    Post # 9
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    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I can’t even remember the last time I saw a payphone. I’d use a stranger’s cell, and I have let strangers use mine before. Granted, I have a dumb phone, so it’s not like they’d want to haul off with it since it’s not a fancy iPhone or anything.

    Post # 11
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    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    True story: While talking to my mother I dropped my phone on the toilet. I know the last thing she heard was me scream/gasp and my mom freaks out. She probably would call the police(I was in college in another state) so I scrapped up some change and went to a payphone. I had no clue how to make it call. Maybe BC it was a different area code but I just couldnt figure it out. So I fro e back to where I was and asked a random lady,who happened to be a cat lady,to use her phone. I went inside and used her phone. This was in 2007, I know it wasn’t smart but cat lasts dont want to kill you,they just want more cats.

    I brought her a thank you car the following weekend. So I have asked a stranger to use their phone

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I would try and use a pay phone, but sometimes those things are really difficult to find! They’re always out of service since no one uses them anymore!

    Post # 14
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    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’ve borrowed a stranger’s phone before, more than once! When I finish running a half marathon and can’t find my family (and don’t have my own phone with me, of course), I just ask someone and they’ve always said yes immediately. People helping people!

    Post # 15
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    2289 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @sweetchiquita12:  I’d ask to use some one’s cell phone.  I’ve literally never ever seen a payphone, so I certainly wouldn’t go looking for one.  I’d probably ask like a store employee or something so it’s not some completely random stranger off the street.  I’ve let strangers use my phone when they came into my office, so I would hope someone would help me.  Plus, even if they say no to a cell phone, they can direct me to their store phone or something.

    Post # 16
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    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would ask someone.  Seriously, why does everyone think strangers are soooo dangerous?  It’s not like we’re all ten year olds.  If you’re old enough to get married, you’re old enough to talk to  people you don’t know.

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