Monday, November 30, 2009
Odd Phone Calls
The phone rang one Sunday afternoon, and it was an older man asking for my roommate. I turned it over and the guy asked, "What the hell do you think you're doing?" He went on at some length asking my friend who he thought he was, why he thought he could act that way, and if he thought he'd get away with it. The phone called turned out to be a follow-up to a stop we'd made at a gas station the day before. We'd filled up the tank and then wandered around inside the gas station choosing Combos flavors, arguing the merits of beef jerky vs. beef sticks, and picking sodas. By the time we paid for all our food we'd forgotten that we'd also filled up the tank, and we neglected to pay for the gas. The gas station attendant called the police after we left, and it took them a day to track us down after getting a look at the license plates off the security camera footage. My roommate promptly drove back to the gas station and paid, and he didn't get charged with any crime. It easily could have gone the other way considering the line of questioning the cop took. The most surprising part to me is that we didn't hangup on him four or five times before figuring out what he wanted.