The Phone’s Ringing
Growing up, my sister and I had one particular long term babysitter who watched us for nearly 10 years. During that time period she was a roll model and a bad influence all wrapped in one. There was one thing in particular that she taught my sister and me……and that was how to prank call, and how to do it very well. In a day and age years before caller ID, we anonymously called friends and random numbers, over the years making many calls to unsuspecting people. We asked them various stupid questions, which would conclude with a few giggles then a hangup. It’s been nearly 30 years and a lot has changed in that time (most notably the addition of caller ID) so I’m sure the number of prank calls made in the United States and worldwide have dropped substantially. I personally gave up prank calling many years ago, but I’m not so sure about our old babysitter.
In Cambridge, Minnesota, a poor 69-year-old woman was the target of a nasty and cruel prank caller. The woman was called and threatened 45 times in one day with horrible threats like, “I’m gonna kill you”, “You’re going to die” and “I’m watching you.” Fearing for her life, the terrified woman called the police, and they came to her house to answer calls and hear the caller’s threats with their own ears. With modern technology the calls were easily traced to a 21-year-old female and her 20-year-old accomplice.
The immature and insensitive young ladies each faced five felony counts including harassment. When interviewed the primary prankster said that she was bored and wanted to have some fun. She said she wanted to scare the older victim, but never really wanted her dead. She added that she knew it was wrong to harass the older woman, but didn’t know it was illegal.
I already admitted that with assistance and coaching I’ve made a few prank calls in my time, but even our calls, back in the day, were always of an innocent nature. Our old babysitter had a huge heart and was/is a very good person. She would have never encouraged, nor allowed, us to prank call in a threatening nature. So in my opinion, the judge should throw the book at these two nasty young ladies for scaring the life out of an innocent old lady. But you know things are not that simple on StrangeRush.com, and I know you are expecting more. So let me give you just a little bit more fun to chew on……the primary culprit in this story was prank calling her own grandmother.
The moral of the story: If you’re looking for a immediate and surefire way to cut yourself out of Granny’s will, read and follow the directions above.
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