It reminded me of this old phone box that I spotted earlier in the summer. In this age, it probably qualifies as
A friend told of heading to Irish language college one summer years ago and getting totally befuddled by the A and B buttons and more often than not did not manage to connect to home. Many times, he lost his money to the phone.
My own memories include one local payphone where the front was not fully secure thus permitting thieving vandals (or opportunists, depending on your perspective) to stuff the refund chute with paper and prevent any coins due to be returned after pressing the B-button from reaching its owner – such coins to be collected when paper removed.
Another memory was the ability to force a connection by tapping out the number – something I never managed to achieve. Even now, so far removed, I cannot remember whether a friend could actually do it or whether he just said
he did and I have now filed a do-able.