British Considering Phone Restriction

British Considering Phone Restriction

Recently Fire Engineering published a cartoon from a British paper showing an excited householder trying to get to a public telephone booth to telephone an alarm of fire. His blazing house in the background was ignored by the long “queue” of people lined up, awaiting their turn at the public phone.

That the authorities of the “Tight Little Isle” have their headaches over the inability of citizens to use a telephone when it is needed, no less than we here in this country, is indicated somewhat by an item appearing in the May press. It seems that British legislatures are considering methods to prevent women from talking too much on the telephone.

A Conservative member of Parliament has suggested in Commons that the post office (which runs the phones in Britain) should make “a very heavy charge” when a public booth call runs over 15 minutes. As things are now, a four-cent call allows the caller to talk all day.

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