My mother went away for a whole week on a business conference in Chicago.
During a break between two conference sessions, she decided to phone home making a collect call (reverse charge).
My six year old brother picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, “We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?”
In a panic, he dropped the receiver and ran outside screaming, “Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!”
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