A new payphone in Lawrence is stumping youngsters

Posted: Updated:
Photo courtesy WDAF Photo courtesy WDAF
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KAKE) -

With public pay phones disappearing across the country, you won't normally hear people making a stir about a newly-installed payphone.

Well, the Lawrence Public Library has a new one, WDAF reports. And the library's executive director, Brad Allen, says while many are joking about it, there's still a need for phones in public areas. 

Allen told the Kansas City Fox station that he believes it can be shortsighted to assume everyone has easy access to a personal smartphone. 

“There’s a lot of different reasons why you might need a pay phone. Your cellphone might be on the fritz or out of minutes,” he said.

The new payphone is the only one in downtown Lawrence, and it's left young people baffled. 

“How do I dial on this?” asked an 11-year-old girl. 

She and a few others born in this century tried to dial a number without lifting the handset out of the cradle. 

More from WDAF

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE