Free is not always good

I lost my cell phone a month ago. It’s a normal thing to do and I’m sure many of you have done the same thing- the problem was; it wasn’t mine but the companies. And due to a cash flow situation I was a man with no phone but a phone contract. Fortunately a friend of mine mentioned to me that his friend had an extra phone I could have for free (free is a special word in my life). I gladly took him up on the offer and to my surprise received the exact same phone that I lost. It was safe to say that I was pretty happy.

So I’ve had the phone for a whole month and have been enjoying the benefits of cellular technology, other than the camera inside the phone. Its not that I didn’t know how to use it, it’s just that I never had the need to take pictures with the cell phone when I have a perfectly good camera at home. Coming home from work I get a call from my girlfriend saying she is running late can I pick up her daughter from school, and she will get us some take out for dinner. When I get to school they were just finishing a rehearsal for a school play and where still in costume, I thought to myself I should have my camera to capture this. Then it dawned on me “ I have a camera phone” So I pulled it out of my pocket, switched it to camera mode for the first time since receiving it (free) and proceeded to click the button to capture the moment.

Now imagine this, it’s the auditorium lots of mothers around, 7 and 8 year olds all around in a group so I can get the whole cast, its seemed like everyone was holding their breath for a second while I took the picture. I clicked the button on the phone and out came louder than I care to imagine the words “Smile Bit@*!” What was that? Everyone around me was looking at me with this look of who puts that on their phone? Then I hear a little voice ask mommy what does BIT@*! Mean? I’m embarrassed but I’m also laughing because it shocked me too. Its turns out that the original owner of the phone had put this statement on the phone so every time you take a picture it encourages any female dog to smile.

To make the story worse, I didn’t know how to take it off my phone and the original photo was blurry, but I didn’t have the nerve to take more pictures because the lady behind me holding her hands over her daughters ears looked like she was about to kick me.

I guess the moral of the story is – when you get a FREE phone you should erase everything first.

And if you ever hear your child randomly say “Smile Bit@*! Blame the cell phone.

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