An American photographer was travelling about visiting churches. He was was inside one in Orlando and noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read '$10,000 per call'.
Intrigued, asked a priest what the telephone was for.The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God.The photographer thanked him and went along his way.
Next stop was Atlanta where at a very large cathedral, it also had a similar golden telephone with the same sign.He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and he asked a nearby nun who told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 he could talk to God.
'OK, thank you,' said the photographer.
In Indianapolis, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and New York.In every church he saw a golden telephone with the same '$10,000 per call' sign under it.
After leaving Vermont, he travelled to England and arrived at a place called Swindon, To his surprise, in the first church he entered, it had a golden telephone, but this time the sign read '50 pence per call.'
The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. 'Reverend, I've travelled all over America and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line to heaven, but in the US the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?'
The vicar smiled and answered, 'You're in Swindon now boy, it's a local call.'