The last payphone in NYC was just removed. When was the last time you remember actually using a pay phone? And, if the answer is never, when was the last time you even saw a pay phone irl?

The last payphone in NYC was just removed. When was the last time you remember actually using a pay phone? And, if the answer is never, when was the last time you even saw a pay phone irl?

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  1. I remember being a kid and using a payphone inside a grocery store to call 911 and hang up because I was a little shit. They did send an officer but I didn’t get caught.

  2. Lit two days ago outside of a friend’s house, but I realized it’s the only one I’ve seen in a while and I don’t even know if it’s still working, what I find a lot are the holes on the ground where payphone posts used to be. I personally never used one, but saw my mom use them one or two times.

  3. My late father and I went on a fishing trip to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. We stayed at an oceanfront sort of hotel, a cinderblock building aka “brick shithouse” with electricity but a communal pay phone outside.

    I keenly remember one evening when I was standing outside while a Hispanic-looking woman was chatting with someone on the phone as I waited to call my mom. Said woman on this breezy (thankfully) evening loosed several spectacularly long, noisy farts.

    Memorable.

  4. Until recently, there was a payphone in a nursing home where a loved one was a resident.

    It was their *only way* to call out. But no one ever did, apparently, because it was “too complicated” (and expensive) for them to use. So, it was removed.

  5. Early 2000s. I didn’t have a cell then and I needed to call my wife after a hiking trip to let her know I was on the way home.

    Last time I saw a working one? Probably 6-7 years ago … maybe.

  6. I’m 39 and remember using them in high school because cell phones were not super common yet and well you couldn’t have them in school although people did.

    Didn’t really use payphones much growing up.

  7. I used to call my long-distance bf from the payphone outside my college apt. I used a prepaid calling card. This was around 2001 when cell phones were a thing but so were landlines and huge bills.

  8. About ten years ago when camping near the Canadian border in middle-of-nowhere New Hampshire. There was no cell service for the flip phone we had at the time and the closest payphone was about a 25 minute drive south into town.

  9. I’m a youngun, so I haven’t used a payphone, but there are a few dotted around here. One in the park at Hillarys, a couple in the city, some at train stations.

  10. I saw one a couple years ago across from my workplace. It was smack-dab between a church and I think an insurance agency.

    I don’t think it was operational though.

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