I seen this in telecom digest today, and I thought it was the funniest thing in the world.
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 13:27:42 GMT From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. Joel M. Hoffman) Subject: Irresponsible Techs was Re: Vonage, and Digressing Organization: Excelsior Computer Services
In a similar vein, I remember several years ago having not one but TWO dial tones on my pair, due to, I think, water damage and crossed wires. The situation also gave me very loud static. When I was using my line, my dial tone would disappear (as it should), but I'd still have to scream to be heard over the other dial tone and considerable static. One week (!) after placing a trouble report, I got a phone call.
"WHO'S CALLING," I yelled, trying to be heard over the noise and static.
"mumble mumble" was the response.
"WHO IS CALLING!?" I yelled louder.
"IT'S THE PHONE COMPANY," I heard someone scream. "WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE TROUBLE?"