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Washington Lawyer Seeks Revenge Against School Board Members
ToTheCenter ^ | 1/14/11

Posted on 01/14/2011 8:59:46 AM PST by LibWhacker

Aaron Titus, a Washington, D.C. lawyer, received a phone call at 4:33am on Wednesday. The automated call informed the lawyer that it was a snow day and schools would be open two hours late. It was a message Titus knew prior to sleeping that night.

The next day, Titus, angry at the invasion, decided to get even with the school board. The 31-year-old father arranged for an automated message of his own.

By researching a robocall company online, he taped a message and listed phone numbers to various school board members. One of the numbers was to the Superintendent, William R. Hite.

At 4:30am Thursday morning, phones began to ring. Titus said the message consisted of 29 seconds of automated mocking.

More specifically, he said, “This is a Prince George's County School District parent, calling to thank you for the robocall yesterday at 4:30 in the morning. I decided to return the favor.

"While I know the school district wanted to ensure I drop my child off two hours late on a snow day, I already knew that before I went to bed. I hope this call demonstrates why a 4:30 a.m. call does more to annoy than to inform.''

The message ended by saying, “Quit robocalling parents at 4:30 in the morning or at least allow us to opt out of these intrusive calls."

Out of the 19 phone numbers that were dialed, eight people picked up.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: board; revenge; robocall; school

1 posted on 01/14/2011 8:59:48 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Aggravated harassment by a psychopath. NOT the person you ever want as your next door neighbor.

Reminds me of the old joke:

“What do lawyers use for birth control?”

“Answer: their personalities!”


2 posted on 01/14/2011 9:04:32 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: LibWhacker

Is anybody curious how a nearly bankrupt school district (one that already pays teachers close to $85K/annually) can afford to employ an automated telephone system to alert parents to something as pedestrian as a weather-induced school closing or delay? How much does that cost the US taxpayer?


3 posted on 01/14/2011 9:04:32 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: LibWhacker

Sweet revenge.


4 posted on 01/14/2011 9:05:22 AM PST by TexasPatriot1 ("Tyranny is defined as that which legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry" Jefferson)
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To: LibWhacker

Dude - get a life.

And I would guess - this lawyer would be the first to complain if somehow he missed this information and drived his sweet kids to a closed school...


5 posted on 01/14/2011 9:09:19 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: LibWhacker

Unfortunately not every parent stays up to watch the 11PM news to see if the school district has made a decision about school

Not every snow/sleet storm stops at 9PM so such a decision can be made the night before

And many DC area parents depart for their jobs before dawn due to the commute times

So as annoying as this was, I dont see a better way to make sure households get the word

And finally, this axxhole could change his notification phone number to his cell phone, if he took the time to get involved


6 posted on 01/14/2011 9:09:59 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: OldDeckHand
PG county is a county in Maryland. They raise taxes the old fashioned way ~ at the point of a gun.

Uncle Sam isn't paying for this stuff ~ on the other hand calling locally has NEVER been expensive.

7 posted on 01/14/2011 9:10:17 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: OldDeckHand

When I was a kid we made sure to keep an eye on the local news for snow days. Nobody needed to call us.


8 posted on 01/14/2011 9:11:14 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: silverleaf

He has IMPORTANT BUSINESS on his cellphone@!!!


9 posted on 01/14/2011 9:11:18 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: silverleaf

this guy is a jerk. many people have to get up early to get
kids to school and then commute to work. if call
came much later, they wouldn’t get it.


10 posted on 01/14/2011 9:12:17 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: LibWhacker

Nice. I love it. If that type of citizen petitioning for redress of grievances is “psychopatic” call me Ishmael.


11 posted on 01/14/2011 9:12:54 AM PST by bvw
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To: LibWhacker

I get these robo calls constantly in our school district. Usually in the evening if the school is announcing an upcoming meeting or if one of my kids missed school. The bad weather calls also come in but they’re not until about 6 AM. Either way no big deal, I’ve got an answering machine and I miss zero sleep.

This guy must be wound pretty tight.


12 posted on 01/14/2011 9:15:11 AM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: LibWhacker

Does this guy have a brain? All I do is unplug my phone at night and plug it in the next morning when I’m ready to be pestered by phone calls. I agree it’s a hassle that a lot of modern landlines no longer have those little dials on the side where you can turn the ringer off, but it’s not that much tougher to just unplug the jack from the wall. Sheesh.


13 posted on 01/14/2011 9:16:02 AM PST by Lancey Howard ("Diversity is our strength" lol.)
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To: LibWhacker
I hope this call demonstrates why a 4:30 a.m. call does more to annoy than to inform.
Then why don't you just turn your cell phone OFF?
14 posted on 01/14/2011 9:16:18 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: FormerACLUmember; All
To those who felt this was a "bad thing to do": PPPFFFT!

The man is my hero of the day. As he noted -- if all you all missed it -- "at least allow us to opt out of these intrusive calls." That is common politeness.

As I recollect there are laws against robo-calls outside of normal waking hours.

15 posted on 01/14/2011 9:16:24 AM PST by bvw
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To: muawiyah

1. I thought you had to opt IN for robocalling (exception political campaigns)

2. Cell time is paid by the cell customer.

3. 4:30 am is unreasonable for any time. (so working parents have to go two hours late to work?)


16 posted on 01/14/2011 9:16:35 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Lancey Howard

what if there is an emergency? not everyone lives the hermit life. Grandparents fall, work duties call, brothers or sisters may have a call for help. God forbid a hospital is calling for some extended family member.


17 posted on 01/14/2011 9:21:22 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

You missed the part about rush hour in the DC area. It is not at all unusual for folks to be ON THE ROAD AGAIN ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TD_pSeNelU ) at 4:15 AM ~ so in a way this call is just too late!


18 posted on 01/14/2011 9:21:55 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: longtermmemmory

Or, for the older crowd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QexOuH8GS-Y&feature=related


19 posted on 01/14/2011 9:24:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: longtermmemmory
what if there is an emergency? not everyone lives the hermit life. Grandparents fall, work duties call, brothers or sisters may have a call for help. God forbid a hospital is calling for some extended family member.

Well, I'm no doctor and there's not much I could do about a medical emergency, so I may as well be well-rested before getting bad news like that.

20 posted on 01/14/2011 9:29:21 AM PST by Lancey Howard ("Diversity is our strength" lol.)
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To: longtermmemmory
Now, on behalf of the early morning commute. Shortly after 9/11 we had the rails running at 5:00 AM because "W" was having lots of military men be brought to the Pentagon and around DC to various places to both plan and then to train for the attack on AlQaida in Afghanistan.

One morning I knew it was close to kick off when I went to the train at 5:00 AM and boarded 1 of 6 cars filled to the gunnels with midgets in blue suits.

My mind soared with the recognition that I was there with the very eagles of the sky, the world's most incredible fighting men ~ the pilots and their experienced commanders who were going to take every single fighter and fighter bomber and stealth craft right to the lair of the enemy and exterminate him.

The day of planning and training had come to an end.

That experience would have been missed if I'd been going in at a more reasonable 7:30 AM.

21 posted on 01/14/2011 9:34:04 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: bvw
Your school district must not have an emergency notification system. odd. Believe it or not this is not "robo calling" to solicit your buck for a candidate or old car for charity....... is a way for schools to have an automated calling system for...emergencies...like lockdowns and school closings (remember Beslan? a lot of schools kicked up their plans after that horror) last minute updates to school schedules...cancelled events....etc etc etc

In ours, the emergency notification cards come home the first day of school and parents indicate the phone number(s) to be used for contact. Here's a chance for parents to have those emergency calls go to their ... cell phone.

I would venture a guess Mr Lawyer has the missus take care of filling out the school forms and such, all he needs to do is call the school office or go in there and change his emergency notification form ..but look how much time he spent instead getting some petty "revenge". He is a dick.

22 posted on 01/14/2011 9:39:59 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: muawiyah
"PG county is a county in Maryland"

Yeah, I missed that part about PG county. Still, some tax-payer is paying for this AND, I wouldn't be surprised if the money for this capital expenditure did come from the federal tax-payer, through either the stimulus funds or some other federal education grant.

23 posted on 01/14/2011 9:43:25 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: 2banana
Dude - get a life. And I would guess - this lawyer would be the first to complain if somehow he missed this information and drived his sweet kids to a closed school...

Exactly how I felt when I heard him on Fox & Friends this morning.

24 posted on 01/14/2011 9:45:39 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: OldDeckHand
It's a county so it gets ALL ITS MONEY from taxes ~ well, maybe some user fees on the side but we won't quibble.

Do you want them to call you perhaps ~ maybe that could be arranged.

25 posted on 01/14/2011 9:48:59 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: cripplecreek
for snow days.

What are snow days? :)

26 posted on 01/14/2011 9:50:13 AM PST by SeeSac
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To: LibWhacker
I heard a story from the early days of programmable dialers. I
think it was from Wang Labs. They had just undergone a
contraction, i.e., layoffs, and one disgruntled programmer had
one of their devices call up the then-president's home phone
every fifteen minutes.

I have no idea if a message was played.

I met a guy that said he lived in an area with a state prison, and an
automated phone alert was being considered to phone
residents in the event of an escape.

Get you to at least check your doors and windows, perhaps call the
police if somebody wants you to open the door at 4:30AM...

27 posted on 01/14/2011 10:09:33 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SeeSac
"What are snow days? :)"

In Washington, DC, those are the days Obama does snow.

28 posted on 01/14/2011 10:37:34 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: silverleaf

You seem to have missed what was repeated, and made italic. Have over-running emotions caused your reading comprehension to falter?


29 posted on 01/14/2011 1:00:59 PM PST by bvw
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