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Angry parent takes matters into his own hands after getting an early wakeup call

For parents with children in grade school, school delays due to bad weather are a common occurrence. In most cases, parents can get notifications of school delays/closing by checking the internet, through email, or by catching the local news before heading to bed. Some school districts, however, take the extra step of robocalling parents to let them know of delays/closings.

Aaron Titus, father of five, became more than a bit irritated when he was woken up at 4:30 by a robocall from the Prince George's County School District informing him that the start of school would be delayed by two hours. Titus was perturbed because 1) it was 4:30 in the morning, and 2) he already knew about the delay because he saw it on TV the night before, states the Washington Post

So Titus decided to take matters into his own hand by finding an online robocalling company to dish out a bit of payback. In the end, he found the phone numbers of 19 school officials and sent them their own 4:30am wakeup call the very next morning.

The recording explained:

This is a Prince George's County School District parent, calling to thank you for the robocall yesterday at 4:30 in the morning. I decided to return the favor. While I know the school district wanted to ensure I drop my child off two hours late on a snow day, I already knew that before I went to bed. I hope this call demonstrates why a 4:30 a.m. call does more to annoy than to inform. Quit robocalling parents at 4:30 in the morning or at least allow us to opt out of these intrusive calls.

Of the 19 officials (including the superintendent) that were called, 8 of them actually woke up to answer the phone.

After being awakened by the robocall, school board member Donna Hathaway Beck stated,  "I wholeheartedly agree that calls at that hour of the morning are a bad idea."

A spokesman for the school district said that someone entered the wrong time into the system, as most robocalls go out in the 5 or 6 o'clock hour. However, the damage was already done -- over 127,000 households were contacted.

"I think, in the future, if we know the night before, we need to make the call the night before," concluded school board member Edward Burroughs III.

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By fleshconsumed on 1/14/2011 3:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
Precisely the reason I have Timeriffic installed on my android phone - it automatically mutes the phone after 10pm and unmutes it in the morning. No more getting woken up by robocalls, or drunkards, or buttdials, or just pranksters.

RE: Timeriffic
By adiposity on 1/14/2011 3:41:12 PM , Rating: 5
Precisely the reason I have Timeriffic installed on my android phone - it automatically mutes the phone after 10pm and unmutes it in the morning. No more getting woken up by robocalls, or drunkards, or buttdials, or just pranksters.

Works great until you miss an emergency phone call. I would rather get woken up then miss a call from a family member that desperately needed my help.

RE: Timeriffic
By theArchMichael on 1/14/2011 4:15:45 PM , Rating: 5
Or a booty call for that matter... :-)

RE: Timeriffic
By torpor on 1/14/2011 4:33:32 PM , Rating: 5
Do you know where you are?

This is a technology website.

The only "booty call" most here will get is when a computer won't booty up.

RE: Timeriffic
By corduroygt on 1/14/2011 4:44:56 PM , Rating: 5
You never used the excuse "I'll fix your computer" to get inside a girl's room, and since she's now already trusted you into her place as a friend or acquaintance, to take things further? :) I know I have, when I was young and good looking back in the day.

RE: Timeriffic
By heffeque on 1/14/11, Rating: -1
RE: Timeriffic
By Kurz on 1/15/2011 9:20:20 AM , Rating: 1
Hey... Its happened to me on multiple times (3-4 times total). Girls call me up to fix their computer and by the end they start feeling me up.

There is nothing lame about it.

RE: Timeriffic
By priusone on 1/15/11, Rating: -1
RE: Timeriffic
By sorry dog on 1/16/2011 1:11:58 PM , Rating: 1
Oh you know you'd pull a Egon to get in Annie Potts Pants.

If not your just gay.

RE: Timeriffic
By Topweasel on 1/17/2011 10:03:44 AM , Rating: 2
In the words of Lonely Island... Doesn't matter just had sex.

Really who in the world cares how one meets another consenting adult to copulate with.

RE: Timeriffic
By Makaveli on 1/14/2011 6:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
Lmao you assume everyone that post on this site is some kinda geeky nerd that can't get chicks and its far from the truth.

It boggles my mind that you can come to that when you don't know anyone on her personally or know what they look like.

RE: Timeriffic
By vol7ron on 1/15/2011 9:24:10 AM , Rating: 4
He made that assumption based on personal experience. He has nothing to compare his life to, so everyone shares the same life as him.

RE: Timeriffic
By XSpeedracerX on 1/15/2011 3:27:35 AM , Rating: 3
And you think there aren't girl nerds who read this site, as well as others? Nerds are born like every other human being on this planet. They don't hatch from eggs or crawl out of holes in the ground. The old ones die off, so the new ones have to be coming from somewhere...

RE: Timeriffic
By Doofenshmirtz on 1/14/2011 6:11:34 PM , Rating: 5
in all likelihood -
emergency call > flying pigs > booty call

RE: Timeriffic
By The Raven on 1/14/2011 4:57:17 PM , Rating: 1
Well I hope they call 911 first. Its the only time you get to cash in on those taxes you payed for it ;-)

I don't own a defibrillator and my CPR certification expired in August. Plus I live far from family in CA here in MO. That app sounds nice to me. ;-)

RE: Timeriffic
By sorry dog on 1/16/2011 1:14:47 PM , Rating: 3
Guess you never had to bail a buddy out of jail... or worse pick him up from the girl's place before she wakes up...

RE: Timeriffic
By The Raven on 1/17/2011 10:14:15 AM , Rating: 2
No I've never had to bail anyone out! What kind of riff-raff do you take me for? Besides, anyone I know ends up in jail they deserve to be there over night and could handle it anyway until the sun comes up. Its not like they are next up on death row with a slot open at midnight.

And if someone I know chose to sleep at some chick's house that they don't want to wake up with her at, then they have made their own bed and they alone can sleep in it.

And yes I have a sense of humor. Nice post.

RE: Timeriffic
By bah12 on 1/17/2011 11:45:07 AM , Rating: 2
You're just an enabler. Let said buddy spend the night in jail or worse have to face his bad choice in ladies, else he is doomed to repeat the mistake. How else will he learn if you're there to bail him out every time?

RE: Timeriffic
By orgy08 on 1/14/2011 4:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
Is there anywhere to add certain contacts to an exception list?

RE: Timeriffic
By The Raven on 1/14/2011 5:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
I suppose those of us with questions can just use the Net to find out. I was going to ask if "silent" can mean "vibrate only"....

RE: Timeriffic
By The Raven on 1/14/2011 5:10:43 PM , Rating: 1

According to this the answer to your question is NO and the answer to mine is YES.

Of course I get really late phone calls some time (I have a CA area code on my cell phone in MO) but I am not a light sleeper and just hit the thing like I hit the snooze. This guy's anger is not well placed I think. Its not like the school is calling to see if they can make a few bucks or gain some votes in the next election (telemarketing) . If he has that big of a problem with the school he should homeschool.

RE: Timeriffic
By Makaveli on 1/14/2011 6:20:25 PM , Rating: 4
Sorry but I disagree raven.

This guy is suppose to pull his child or children out of school because of this?

When the school officals agreed they were in the wrong and it was a mistake on their part?

Where is the common sense in your approach because i'm not seeing it?

RE: Timeriffic
By The Raven on 1/17/2011 10:19:39 AM , Rating: 2
I said:
If he has that big of a problem with the school he should homeschool.

My point is that I don't think he should have reacted the way he did. It is not like they were calling him night after night.

I'm saying that if he hates the school so much to have such a motivation for revenge he should just get out of the school.

So I am asking the same question you are:
Where is the common sense in his approach because i'm not seeing it?

RE: Timeriffic
By Jason H on 1/14/2011 6:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
I use a similar app called Shh! Auto-Silencer that does have an exception list.

RE: Timeriffic
By CZroe on 1/14/2011 9:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
Oh please. That's like braging that your phone as a ringere on/off switch or setting. They all do. So what? Sometimes, you don't want that and you just hope that the taboo of making you angry is enough to deter the unwanted calls and remain available for important calls.

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