Back in the day, back when beepers were carried by more than drug dealers, I was cool enough to have a pager. Not cool enough for the (at the time) elusive cell phone. (Though my parents did make me keep the car phone in my car only to be used IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.) (Gah. Remember those car phones that had their own carrying cases? They were the shiznit.)
Beepers (and cell phones) were not allowed in school back then. Too distracting or something I guess. But my parents wanted me to carry it so they could reach me if they needed. So I kept it on silent during school hours.
And most days this was not a problem. Until one morning in English. Even on silent, when the battery went low, it would give a warning beep. Luckily for me it was a single beep that didn't repeat itself.
That morning when the beeper sounded it's low battery warning, my teacher was immediately demanding who owned the illicit electronic device. And I actually thought it was someone else because it did not sound like it came from my purse but from one side of the room. After a tense minute, she resumed the class and seemed to forget about the undeniable sound of a pager.
I was not the only one who breathed a sigh of relief when she moved on.
When I checked after class, I was mortified to learn that it was my beeper that went off. After that I made sure to keep the beeper in my locker.