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January 4, 2014


"When we'd first get calls at 2 or 3 in the morning, my husband would answer the phone.
He can't hear too well. They'd ask for Jenny, and he'd say 'Jimmy doesn't live here any more.'... Tommy Tutone was the one who had the record. I'd like to get hold of his neck and choke him." —Mrs. Lorene Burns, an Alabama householder formerly at 1-205-867-5309; she changed her number in 1982. -- La Wik

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Posted by: Kauf Buch at January 4, 2014 12:59 PM

This happened in Herkimer NY as well. I thought there was another band that had a phone number song as well.

Posted by: Potsie at January 4, 2014 1:12 PM

With the advent of cell phones, I think the North American Numbering Plan may be running out of phone numbers, at least in some area codes. We moved to our current area a couple of years ago. We have a new land line from Verizon. We have learned of several people who apparently had this phone number in the past.

There are several stores in the are where, when you purchase something, they ask, "Do you have a shopper's card?" When I say, I don't know, maybe my wife has one, they invariably ask, "What is your phone number?" I give them my number, and the look at their screen and say, "Mr. Phillips?" I say, No, Mr. Phillips no longer has that number, we do. How about you change your database so that now my name will be associated with that number. "Oh, I'm sorry we can't do that." As if once assigned, it can never, ever be changed. F***king morons.

We still get calls regularly for one woman in particular. We suspect that she is still giving out our phone number as her own. Sometimes we get a call from a pharmacy for her saying that her prescription is ready for pickup. I hope she gets her meds OK. Perhaps she is senile and has forgotten her new phone number, or perhaps she has something like dyslexia and is transposing a couple digits of her own phone number on a regular basis, resulting in our number. In any case, it is quite annoying.

Posted by: Grizzly at January 4, 2014 2:41 PM

A place I worked at ten years ago I could dial six area codes and considered them all local. Two in each of the three counties I did business in.

Posted by: Potsie at January 4, 2014 5:49 PM

Once Verizon sold our phone number (the one we've had since 1972) to another customer, a Chinese guy who didn't speak English. Somehow they screwed it up so bad that my phone stayed on even though no calls came through to my house. One punk kid in customer service gave me shit because, he said, the phone number belonged to the company and they could do what they wanted with it. I swore at him. Took weeks to get it all straightened out.


Posted by: jwm at January 4, 2014 7:20 PM

Our former phone number was once the non-emergency number of the Lancaster City Police Department. I can't begin to tell you how many calls I 'dispatched' to the police. The cops told me I ought to become a dispatcher. I may take them up on that offer.

Posted by: Jewel at January 4, 2014 9:18 PM

After I moved to SC, I got a number that wasn't out of service for 6 months. Calls for whomever came in, so I just became that person. Lots of fun telling collections I wasn't going to pay their f'ing bill, i was keeping the library books and screw those overdue taxes. (Here the county will call about such stuff)

When Lowe's or Wal-Mart wants a phone number, I give them the White House number.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at January 5, 2014 3:16 AM

My checks will always have my old LL # and when someone asks for my number its the one I give, when I don't give them my old employer's. Since going to cell phones I never give the number out. If I absolutely unequivocally without a doubt must give a "good" number I give my Google voice #. Its in New Joisy. I'm in Texas. He! He! GV makes it really easy to block callers....they hear "this number is not working" msg same as the phone co. uses. Also handy, for pros, and costs $5 monthly, is a handy feature of the paid Abine Mask Me account, a real working number that you can toss away whenever you like.

Posted by: Anon at January 5, 2014 6:18 AM

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