Yesterday I was in Starbucks at lunch time fulfilling a hot chocolate craving and was catching up on Facebook while waiting for my drink. A woman came up to me and asks to borrow my phone.
I’m going to say, it’s a strange request. She didn’t preface her statement with, “My phone died, can I borrow yours?” or “I left mine at home.” Just “Can I borrow your phone?”
So I’m all, “Um… um… if you’re going to be really quick? I have to go…” She promises to be quick and I hand over my phone.
Seconds later my drink is ready, so I grab it and start waiting for my phone. Meanwhile random stranger lady is chatting, chatting, chatting on my phone. I’m trying not to be rude and all, “Um, lady- you said you’d be quick” so I just stare into space. I didn’t want to stare at her, because that would be rude and my parents taught me manners.
So finally she hangs up and I reach over to get my phone and she holds up her pointer finger in a “one minute” gesture. Um, what?
She proceeds to dial another number and then talk EVEN LONGER than the first conversation.
Finally, after nearly five minutes I get my phone back. Standing in Starbucks staring into oblivion while waiting for a stranger to finish using your phone just might be the longest five minutes ever.
I shove the phone into my pocket and head out the door. When I get back to my desk I look to see what the second number that she dialed was. FOUR ONE ONE. THE WOMAN DIALED 411 FROM MY PHONE??
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU MADE A CALL ON MY PHONE THAT IS GOING TO GET ME AN EXTRA CHARGE ON MY BILL??? (You should really thank me for not writing the rest of this post in capital letters, because trust me, I’m tempted.)
I quickly Googled how much a call to 411 actually costs. A DOLLAR NINETY NINE. That woman talked on my phone for five minutes AND charged a two dollar call to it? SERIOUSLY, YOU’RE KIDDING ME, RIGHT?
First of all, I have an iPhone. And it’s 2012. No one dials 411 anymore. Google is literally at the tip of your fingers. So is that pay phone across the street.
Secondly, she also had 411 text the phone number to my phone. WHICH IS AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE. Am I on hidden camera? Who does that?
And you will never guess what number she looked up. STARBUCKS. I am not even making this up. Standing in Starbucks she called 411 to get the number to Starbucks.
Sounds like this lady really needed her coffee.