There is a button that any parent of small children on Roosevelt Island knows should not be pushed. We have driven this information into the heads of our children. My children at 3 and 5 years old knew it. But somehow many adults don't seem to be able to read and they keep hitting the wrong button. And when they do they have to deal with the voice.
Sashamalchik over on Live Journal recounts his experience:
"What's the problem?"
"Sorry, I pressed the wrong button."
"Why the hell do you always have to press the wrong button?! What's wrong with you?! Stop pressing the wrong button!"Clang.
I should note that I have never heard the responding operator answer the button's call in such a cranky or unprofessional manner. I would bet this reaction is rare as I have never heard the operator say more than three words after being told it was an accident.
My wife has told me that when she has seen it happen the adults always blame it on a small child figuring the voice cannot see who reallly did it just to avoid the embarassment even though there are physical witnesses.
So now you know. Read the sign and you will not have to deal with the voice. But if you do don't blame the kids as my wife is going to tell the voice you are lying as the kids know it, you know it and she is sick of explaining why the adults keep blaming them.