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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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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?

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