The other day at work a young teenaged boy came up to me at the mall Customer Service desk, told me his cell phone's battery had died, and asked if he could use our phone. Following policy, I dialed the number he dictated and handed him the receiver. He stood there for a few seconds with a quizzical look on his face, then gave the phone back to me with a funny look on his face, saying there was a strange noise on the line.
I put the phone up to my ear so I could hear it, then had to stifle a laugh. The phone was giving off a busy signal.
I told the boy he had called an "old school" phone, which seemed to make sense to him. After he walked away I started thinking. How many younger people have never heard a busy signal? Nearly every cell phone and most land lines now have voice mail or call waiting. Who was he calling? Maybe it was a grandma or older relative that had no need of newfangled things.
I guess I'll never know...