Debbie bought a cell phone for her parents so they’d have it in an emergency. Nobody every called them on it. One afternoon, Debbie called their house. Nobody home. So she thought she’d try the cell phone.
Meanwhile, Mother and Father, both in their eighties were waiting in line at the movies to buy tickets for the matinee. They were standing next to a pay phone and when the ringing started, Mother wondered aloud why nobody was picking up that pay phone.
Then she realized, “Arthur, that ringing is coming from you.”
Arthur had threaded the phone case through his belt. The phone kept ringing. Evidently he didn’t realize he could unsnap a snap and remove the phone that way. Instead, he worked on getting his belt off fast as he could.
Not fast enough for Mother. She squatted in front of him and tried to talk into the phone as it hung from his belt.
By then, Debbie said, “I’d already hung up.”
When Mother stood up -- disappointed that they’d missed their first phone call on the new cell phone -- she noticed that people in line around them were staring.