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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Man Pays $4.42 Per Month For 1952 Phone

A man named Lloyd Overlock in Bangor, Maine, has been paying AT&T $4.42 EVERY MONTH SINCE 1952 for his old-and-busted rotary-dial landline telephone -- a total of nearly $3,000. When his niece recently found out, she called customer service to cancel. The AT&T person offered her a 20 percent discount to keep the lease (indicating that fleecing the elderly is official AT&T policy). His niece declined, went to a local store and bought him a new-hotness phone for $7. But Mr. Overlock's troubles aren't over -- the local newspaper publish this photo of his telephone with his phone number clearly visible.


Anonymous Tim Bonham said...

You make a big deal over the fact that the paper published a picture with his phone number visible.

What's the big deal? It's already listed in the local phone directory. (It kind of has to be public -- a home phone where nobody knows the number is pretty useless.)

And given that he's lived for decades in this village of 5,000 people, most of them know him and his phone number anyway.

This comment seems to just add to the current paranoia about personal information in this country.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger rone said...

At least it isn't 207-867-5309.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 6:02:00 PM  

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