otp: 1 900

53. 1-900 Numbers

Two dollars the first minute, forty-five cents each additional minute.

I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant, but when I was a kid I could recite it verbatim. I suppose I understood the basic principle of paying for a phone call, but I never really understood what a ripoff it could be, and how quickly it could add up. All I knew was that I wasn’t allowed to dial any number that started with 1-900.

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