Sunday, February 27, 2011
Ma Bell would turn over in her grave
Answering the phone on weekends at Alcatraz is interesting. I never know what sort of calls I'm going to get. Oh, most of the stuff is standard like wanting to speak to an employee or someone calling to talk to a kid. That's normal. I also have to take care of intra campus calls, which are usually no big deal. (If a kid is running, we have lots of phone traffic I have to manage, between intra campus calls and I have to facilitate the police officers who are called in).
Otherwise, I get the 'usual' stuff. But sometimes, it does get weird.
People call and ask me for directions to get here. For our address. For our fax number. My favorite was when a woman called and asked me for our phone number. After a few seconds of silence I just gave it to her; she thanked me, hung up, and called back about 10 seconds later.
Since we do foster parent stuff, I get calls from foster parents who have kids with them. These are one of our very top priorities. These are often scary. One foster mom called to say her foster son was threatening to kill himself and they were in her car. Another time a kid wanted to come back here rather than stay in his placement.
One parent wanted to know if she could bring a birthday gift and leave it with me to give to her daughter.
One dad asked me if swearing was allowed by the boys in his son's house because they cuss in the background all the time when he's on the phone with his boy.
I had one woman call and ask if a certain student had a home pass because she was calling the cops on him if he did because he molested her daughter.
I've had people call and ask if my town has a mall or a specific restaurant so when they pick up their child they can take them there to eat.
I've been asked if pets are allowed so "Joey" could play with his dog that he misses.
Last night I had a call that "takes the cake." A mom called me, en route, and wanted to drop her kid off here because she was, and I quote: "done with her." Let me tell, ya I sent that to our on duty boss ASAP!