A plan to replace BT's few remaining phone boxes with slightly larger ones, equipped with three food isles, a freezer chest, rack of sweets and a self-scan checkout area could revolutionise the image of the phone box as a cramped and smelly place just to make your calls.
Instead, the phone box would be a convenient place to do one's grocery shopping while having a chat to your friends, secure in the knowledge that you won't offend any member of staff who should irritatingly try to serve you while you discuss what happened to the winners of the Voice or who said what on facebook and to whom.
A BT spokesperson said, "The move into groceries is the logical evolution of the BT brand into giving what customers want while at the same time cushioning them from the need to interact socially face to face. It's what the telecomms revolution has always been about, if you think about it, ever since Alexander Graham Bell's very first phone call conversation in 1876, when he said, Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you. Actually no I don't want to see you. You're fired."