Monday, 14 May 2007

Wrong Number

Ms Achillea de Souza, a resident of Los Angeles, changed her phone number nearly every day for twelve years between 1990 and 2001. The small print of her contract allowed her to do so (the provider eventually changed its service rules to stop her). During these years, she had over 11,000 different phone numbers, more than belonged to most large businesses in LA! Because of the constant changes, Ms de Souza only actually received around 150 calls. It is estimated that she spent over 1000 hours speaking to call operatives at a cost of up to $5 a minute. Her reasons for doing this remain unclear.
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