In a bid to remain free from convention and risk of brain
radiation, I’ve eschewed the mobile and am one of millions that
regularly use telephone boxes. Consequently, it hacks me off when people
(Rant, last week) refer to them as festering pits of prostitution and
A view of the past when payphones were fragrant, family environments is
nothing more than a myth. In fact, the good old telephone box has been
transformed from a public dumping ground to a clean, well-maintained
It gives me a private and less ostentatious way of conducting business -
an alternative to wandering down the street yelling into a mobile while
spinning around trying to get a signal.
Granted, your central London sites are well scattered with tart cards,
although it’s hardly an epidemic across the rest of the country. And
yes, sometimes they may get used as toilets - often by those who should
know better. But it’s hardly BT’s fault that a few people don’t know how
Payment by credit card makes them convenient too. And with the online
’multi-phone’ coming to a payphone near you, I’d say BT has left the
image of the tramps’ bathroom behind. But if I wanted to complain, as
advised inside, I’d dial 151.
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