Thursday, February 09, 2012

An odd question in a 7-11 about "phone cards"

Yesterday, at a 7-11, a customer was trying to use a phone card bought there, and the clerk couldn’t help him. The clerk actually asked me, a random customer, if I knew how to make it work.  Nothing like this has happened before.

But, back in 2002, after my “layoff” at the end of 2001, I had looked into a variety of “entrepreneurial” operations while still in Minnesota, and one of these was distributing phone cards, mostly to convenience stores like 7-11.  I even remember a forum at a Bloomington hotel (near the Mall of America).

The whole concept seems pointless to me in this day of cell phones.  But it even seemed pointless then. 

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