Monday, April 10, 2006

London Calling?

It is difficult to imagine how much one would have to talk on the telephone, and to where the calls would have to be placed, in order for one to ring up a $218 trillion phone bill in two months, but this what Telekom Malaysia is now charging Yahaya Wahab. I know I'd be curious:
A Malaysian man said he nearly fainted when he recieved a $218 trillion phone bill and was ordered to pay up within 10 days or face prosecution, a newspaper reported Monday. Yahaya Wahab said he disconnected his late father's phone line in January after he died and settled the 84 ringgit ($23) bill.
Telekom Malaysia says that these are the outstanding charges rung up on that line since January, though there has been no statement as to where on earth -- or elsewhere -- any number of phone calls would result in such a charge. Wahab seems to be taking this in good stride, though, and appears rather enthusiastic about a possible court date with his avowed debtors:
If the company wants to seek legal action as mentioned in the letter, I'm ready to face it. In fact, I can't wait to face it.
While expectedly this will be put off as some sort of "computer glitch," who wouldn't want to hear Telekom defend this bill in court?


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