News with a Twist

Who Uses A Payphone Anymore?

When was the last time you used a payphone?  For most of us, they’re a thing of the past, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find them throughout New Orleans.  News With A Twist reporter Deepak Saini found one on Bourbon Street and asked people to remember a time before cell phones.

In today’s world, nearly everyone is on a cell phone, even the homeless.  It’s no wonder no one wants to use a payphone.  If you walk by one, would you even recognize it?

“Oh, that’s a payphone?” says a passerby.

Holly Stapleton says, “This is honestly the first payphone I’ve seen in years.  I didn’t even know they really still existed.”

They still exist, no matter how much you want to deny it.

Richard Bazet says, “I don’t see any booths.  Not here.  I don’t think anywhere in the state, you’ll find a payphone.”  REPORTER:  “There’s one right behind you!” Bazet responds, “Yea?”

Reporter: “When was the last time you used a payphone?” Stephanie Dickerson says, “Has to be 20 years ago.  I can’t remember the last time I used one.

Remember when a call just cost a quarter?  Now, double that!

Holly Stapleton says, “50!  Yup, it’s 50 cents.  Oh my gosh.”

Richard Bazet says, “I’ll be amazed if it works.  There’s no dial tone.”

Stephanie Dickerson says, “I would never stick my hand in the coin return especially.  Ewwwww!”

Can you blame her?  This particular payphone still says BellSouth, which was bought out by AT&T nearly 8 years ago.  So obviously the up-keep is lagging.

“It’s very nasty.  This is Bourbon Street,” says Bazet.

Reporter:  “Ever have any passionate phone call on the payphone?”  Marjorie Blaine responds, “No, the boys I knew would call collect and I would say no way.”

Let’s face it, what’s new today will be old tomorrow.

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