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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 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?


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