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Maryland parent blows a gasket over robo-calls from school district

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January

He was mad as hell, and he wasn't going to take it any more.

Parent Aaron Titus told the Washington Post that his kid's school district woke him up at 4:30 a.m. recently with an automated phone message to tell him that school was cancelled due to snow. He already knew, and thought it was way, way too early in the morning for a reminder.

So he gathered the phone numbers of a bunch of district officials, hired his own robo-call company, and sent a response at 4:30 the next morning:

"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.

"Quit robocalling parents at 4:30 in the morning or at least allow us to opt out of these intrusive calls."

It now appears Titus is well on his way to becoming a national folk hero. His next phone call, one assumes, will be from Jay Leno.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 7:20am]

    

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