My mother went away for a whole weekend so a business conference.
During a break between two conference sessions, she decided to call home collect (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 came charging outside screaming, “Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!”
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