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April 10, 2006


This could easily happen to you.

(Thanks to Janice Doeringer)


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Can you hear me now? You're breaking up . . .

Makes the £500,000 phone bill a bar owner near here got last week look pitifully small. The newspaper said he 'needed a stiff drink when he opened the bill'.
I'll bet.

They charge for phones in Ringgits? Don't believe it...

well, calls to Heaven ARE long distance.

Actually, in todays modern society, they no longer use the Ringgit – they use a Ringtonegit.

How long would you have to talk on the phone to ring up a bill that large? I think it's theoretically impossible.

& is noone gonna mention that Ms DoeRINGER sent in the phone story? Coincidence? I think not!

The Sardonicynic is right though - a call that far would cost a chunk of change. BTW - if Telekom Malaysia can give you that kind of range, I think I'm switching...

At the going rate of, say 1 US Dollar a minute, he would have to spend 421 million years on the phone. I'd say he has got some explaining to do, those time-travel calls can get pretty pricey.

"If the company wants to seek legal action as mentioned in the letter, I'm ready to face it," the paper quoted Yahaya as saying. "In fact, I can't wait to face it," he said.

Atta boy, Yahaya! And we can't wait to read the outcome.

Mr Yahaya having the last laugh: YaHAHAYA!!

*frantically plugging and unplugging wires*

"We Don't Care, We Don't Have To, We're The Phone Company!"


Just lost Maylasia!

Key Point: Parents, make your kids pay for their own phones. My daughter got a pay-as-you-go phone and when it is out of minutes, Oh, We Must Pout.

But it's not MY responsiblity to pay for it - it's hers.

Only $218,000,000,000,000 heck I call that pocket change. Then again he is my personal butler.

Hey, Addicted, wake up! You're dreaming again, bud.

The number crunchers here just figured it is impossible to have that large a bill - unless a min of airtime is about $10,000 and you are calling Mars or Uranus.

It is truly frightening that the AP reporter states that: "It wasn't clear whether the bill was a mistake, or if Yahaya's father's phone line was used illegally after his death."

Given that the bill is maybe 7 times the gross national product of the entire earth, I think it is actually rather clear that the bill was a mistake...

Well, you know, phone companies are having to cut rates to attract customers. You have to make up the deficit somehow.

I dunno, some of those 900 numbers that charge $4.99 a minute for sex talk can result in some mighty steep phone bills.

...um, or so I've heard.

OH, that was you, Mr. C.

A little on the (way) kinky side!!!
You might want to take it down a notch!

In some countries you can use your phone to buy from vending machines. Maybe somebody bought a trillion bucks worth cheetos. That's it....look for the guy with the orange fingers.

El's a phone sex operator!?!?!

I thought she was a lawyer.

Somebody has to say it "well, they both screw you"

PSO/Eleanor - Ixnay!

MOTW - that's the kind of phone I got for myself. I rarely use it and even at a minimum $15 a month, my balance is always increasing. I think I have 23 hours available right now.

Watch it SN - That's how I got in trouble the other day (sort of)!

My guess is that it was the chiropractor from Ohio performing Bahlaqeem, and he was calling himself in the past to have been explaining what procedures he should have already been performing on clients he hadn't met as of that point (the point where he was in the past not the current Bahlaqeem practitioner in our own time - whew). So long story short - he got double billed.

That's good advice Coast, but I have a policy of never learning from other people's mistakes. Or my own, come to think of it.

Besides, El is used to me teasing her about lawyers. We're both on the same side on most things though!

Between grand theft and a legal fee, there only stands a law degree...

I can also make a link between billing per minute as the legal profession also excels at that. Coincidence?

looks like the US tried to put the national debt on some poor saps phone bill. this reeks of tom delay.

anymore, my electric bill is only slightly less than that.

I think it's all the fault of those new-fangled portable phones . . .

Update on 24:


I think it's ET. Phoning home indeed...


Snork at legal fee. Never heard that one before.

Maybe dad was making collect calls from the great beyond...

if he had to pay 900-976 charges AND international rates AND roaming charges AND was doing the same again on a three-way call AND had to pay all kinds of taxes.... nah, that's still a lot

Plus, the guy got all busy signals. That's what really hurt.

Two hundred eighteen trilliion?? Will you take a personal check?

Just a suggestion but perhaps the reporter really meant 218 thousand. That phone bill makes the federal deficit seem like pocket change. Hear that, Senators Spendalot! You have a lot of catch up to do.

If he discharged that in bankruptcy it would really screw up their balance sheet.

...and you are calling Mars or Uranus.
Doesn't the President spend a lot of time calling from Uranus?

"It wasn't clear whether the bill was a mistake, or if Yahaya's father's phone line was used illegally after after his death."

My money's on the mistake.

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