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(Sun Sentinel)   Man's new cell phone number just happens to be George Zimmerman's old number. Hilarity has already ensued   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 83
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2012-06-08 12:25:31 AM  
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-06-08 12:46:30 AM  
Zimmerman!

DRINK!
 
2012-06-08 01:26:27 AM  
According to the Florida DoC, he was convicted of four counts of cocaine trafficking, burglary, robbery, and marijuana possession.

Feeling less sympathy.

/don't give a shiat about the pot
 
2012-06-08 01:45:38 AM  
Ya know sometimes phone numbers should be retired just like hurricane names.
 
2012-06-08 02:01:28 AM  
I like they included the phone number in the story.

Who wants to call him first?
 
2012-06-08 02:03:04 AM  
Oh, it's locked in a safe. I fail at finishing articles before posting.
 
2012-06-08 02:44:57 AM  
I'd have fun with it I leave the outgoing msg as.

"Believe it or not, George isn't home.
Please leave a message, after the beep...
Believe it or not, I'm not home!"

Then I'd post the messages to youtube.
 
2012-06-08 02:57:57 AM  

borg: I'd have fun with it I leave the outgoing msg as.

"Believe it or not, George isn't home.
Please leave a message, after the beep...
Believe it or not, I'm not home!"

Then I'd post the messages to youtube.


georgez.tumbler.com
 
2012-06-08 02:58:32 AM  
tumblr
 
2012-06-08 03:01:35 AM  
www.seeing-stars.com
uh oh...

/remember the code!
 
2012-06-08 03:03:21 AM  
they should award him about 300 bucks and give him a new number. Next case!
 
2012-06-08 03:05:34 AM  
tinfoil-hat maggieYa know sometimes phone numbers should be retired just like hurricane names.

I was thinking that John Pike's numbers might have had to be put on a 'cooling off' reserve list.
 
2012-06-08 03:11:26 AM  
Relevant, somewhat: Link
 
2012-06-08 03:11:34 AM  
It warms the heart to know that there are people out there who do nothing but dial a certain phone number in the early hours of the morning, and threaten the individual who answers the phone's life, despite the fact that it's been several months since the offending incident.

/that's dedication
 
2012-06-08 03:16:51 AM  
This case notwithstanding, you have to be pretty lucky to get a phone number ending in 00.
 
2012-06-08 03:16:51 AM  


Also Thursday, the company retired the number, said Glenn Zaccara, a company spokesman. And it provided an account credit and waived an early termination fee, he wrote in an email.


Those ARE your damages, man.

They've given you money back, a new number, and patched the hole.
 
2012-06-08 03:18:28 AM  
Apparently, they did not like the way they looked.
 
2012-06-08 03:23:24 AM  
I like how in this new world order every bad thing is like a roll of the dice or scratching off a lottery ticket. Nobody actually cares anymore. Nobody actually looks to get beyond anything. There's no healing. We're al playing a game and we embellish or flop to get attention and money. It's all about the next payday. It's as if people are actually enjoying finding themselves in shiatty situations bc they know they can sue for their free ride.
 
2012-06-08 03:24:59 AM  
t-mobile isn't totally to blame here. first the police should have never let the number out. secondly the media should show more discretion when publishing numbers.
 
2012-06-08 03:33:25 AM  

Hobodeluxe: t-mobile isn't totally to blame here. first the police should have never let the number out. secondly the media should show more discretion when publishing numbers.


Well, to be fair, if Spike Lee gets it... or some other number... or a similar number... or an entirely unrelated number... it will get out anyway.
 
2012-06-08 03:40:49 AM  
a. Turn phone off.
b. Request number change.
c. Life goes on, and you don't need to relocate your mother.

But since he didn't have a cell phone until his late 40's, I guess it may all be too complex for him.

Though it does surprise me that T-mobile reassigned the number, especially so soon, and no one in the organization had the foresight to think that it could cause a problem.
 
2012-06-08 03:50:47 AM  

farkityfarker: a. Turn phone off.
b. Request number change.
c. Life goes on, and you don't need to relocate your mother.

But since he didn't have a cell phone until his late 40's, I guess it may all be too complex for him.

Though it does surprise me that T-mobile reassigned the number, especially so soon, and no one in the organization had the foresight to think that it could cause a problem.


Automated systems, how the hell do they work.

Seriously, sucks this guy got a bum phone number. He should grow up about it, though.
 
2012-06-08 03:55:38 AM  
why would they? numbers are assigned out/cancelled every day, automated. no active thought goes into your number unless you're asking the rep to assign you one specifically.
 
2012-06-08 04:21:27 AM  
If he would have paid his bill this wouldn't have happened.
 
2012-06-08 04:47:09 AM  

TsarTom: Oh, it's locked in a safe. I fail at finishing articles before posting.


You still failed...

Meade said his company had offered to change the number, something that happened Thursday, the same day Trimble requested it.

Also Thursday, the company retired the number, said Glenn Zaccara, a company spokesman.


...that's OK, it's fark.
 
2012-06-08 05:04:57 AM  
I'm still not sure why he gave the phone to an attorney instead of just going to T-Mobile for a free number change. Usually, you can do it at least once for free.
 
2012-06-08 05:22:16 AM  
I once got a cell number that was previously owned by a sleazebag. Constantly got calls from bill collectors, bail bondsmen, even his scratchy voiced ex wife. After a few times of telling them it was no longer his phone they went away.

This one though? Yeesh. I would probably have to post the voicemails along with the numbers of the people who left them somewhere just for the lulz.

/The only reason to do anything
 
2012-06-08 05:29:34 AM  

illannoyin: I once got a cell number that was previously owned by a sleazebag. Constantly got calls from bill collectors, bail bondsmen, even his scratchy voiced ex wife. After a few times of telling them it was no longer his phone they went away.

This one though? Yeesh. I would probably have to post the voicemails along with the numbers of the people who left them somewhere just for the lulz.

/The only reason to do anything


Yup, that's the only way to do it. You'd have a large audience too.

It's like the spike lee douchebaggery but worse.

Then you could send the numbers to the KKK
 
2012-06-08 06:19:40 AM  
blog.wtfconcept.com
 
2012-06-08 06:43:28 AM  
I wonder how many calls were from 9beers offering up various orifices for his delectation?
 
2012-06-08 07:13:40 AM  

farkityfarker: This case notwithstanding, you have to be pretty lucky to get a phone number ending in 00.


mine ends in 00 too. guess i must be super kewl. which is why i haven't gotten laid ever
 
2012-06-08 07:38:16 AM  
Same thing happened to me with my old phone number of 867-5309. People all the time kept asking for Jenny. I guess she owed a bunch of money or something because they kept calling. Then later I found a lot of the callers had gotten the number from a bathroom wall. One guy in particular was really bad. Some dude named Tommy.Told me how I didn't know him, but I made him so happy. Kept saying how he needed to 'make me his' and asking me to please 'not change my number'. I was like "Hey dumbass, I'm not a chick."

I had to change my number.
 
2012-06-08 07:41:28 AM  

Hobodeluxe: t-mobile isn't totally to blame here. first the police should have never let the number out. secondly the media should show more discretion when publishing numbers.


The media gets paid to watch things burn while they provide commentary.
Don't expect them to do anything but throw gasoline.
...and if the cops had been more careful, there either would have been enough evidence to dismiss the case or charge Zimmerman at the start of this.

/It shouldn't even have been an incident if people weren't so stupid.
/calling the number of someone in a highly publicized trial is a sure way to get yourself on someone's list.
 
2012-06-08 07:41:38 AM  

MythDragon: Same thing happened to me with my old phone number of 867-5309. People all the time kept asking for Jenny. I guess she owed a bunch of money or something because they kept calling. Then later I found a lot of the callers had gotten the number from a bathroom wall. One guy in particular was really bad. Some dude named Tommy.Told me how I didn't know him, but I made him so happy. Kept saying how he needed to 'make me his' and asking me to please 'not change my number'. I was like "Hey dumbass, I'm not a chick."

I had to change my number.


images.tvrage.com
 
2012-06-08 07:45:33 AM  
A mere thought: I think it would have been funny to pull a "Touch-Tone Terrorists" and troll the hell out of the callers, but that would probably just make things worse for the real Zimmerman.

/Junkyard Willie FTW
 
2012-06-08 07:55:35 AM  
He estimates he received 70 threatening calls.

That's all?
 
2012-06-08 08:04:30 AM  
Years ago, I kept getting late night calls from people "wanting to know the bail for Jim Bob" (or Rob or god knows who). I would tell them that this wasn't the jail and ask where they got the number. "The Sheriffs Department."

A call to my local carrier turned up some interesting results. Me - "Yeah, I keep getting calls late at night from random people wanting to know the bail for so-and-so. The people are telling me the Sheriffs Department is giving them the number". Cutomer Service Rep - "Let me check that for you sir.... Snort. Giggle. I found your problem. You are one digit off from the County Jail."

They changed it for free. You wouldn't believe how irate some folks get when you explain to them that they aren't talking to the county jail, and you DON'T KNOW what the bail is for some dumbass.
 
2012-06-08 08:05:58 AM  

Hermione_Granger: He estimates he received 70 threatening calls.

That's all?


He had the phone for 9 days. That's about 8 threatening calls a day, or one every 3 hours, on average.
 
2012-06-08 08:24:58 AM  
But but but, what if a child had been given that number? They must be taught a lesson so this never happens to a precious snowflake.
 
2012-06-08 08:40:03 AM  

farkityfarker: This case notwithstanding, you have to be pretty lucky to get a phone number ending in 00.


The odds must be, like, a hundred to one, at least.
 
2012-06-08 08:45:34 AM  

Phinn: farkityfarker: This case notwithstanding, you have to be pretty lucky to get a phone number ending in 00.

The odds must be, like, a hundred to one, at least.


I have 2.
 
2012-06-08 08:46:54 AM  
CSB:

At work, I used to find the most amazing voicemails waiting in the morning, even though my voicemail clearly identified myself and my company. Everything from people reporting suspicious characters, relatives asking where so-and-so got taken to, cops requesting case information. My office number used to be 'similar' to the states sexual predators hotline (different area code).

Sometimes I kinda miss the morning entertainment.

/CSB
 
2012-06-08 08:57:28 AM  
You would think they would check the number to see how often it is called while disconnected. If it gets more than 5 or 10 calls a day you'd think they wouldn't assign it.

But then that would assume the phone company had a brain.
 
2012-06-08 09:00:00 AM  

MythDragon: Same thing happened to me with my old phone number of 867-5309. People all the time kept asking for Jenny. I guess she owed a bunch of money or something because they kept calling. Then later I found a lot of the callers had gotten the number from a bathroom wall. One guy in particular was really bad. Some dude named Tommy.Told me how I didn't know him, but I made him so happy. Kept saying how he needed to 'make me his' and asking me to please 'not change my number'. I was like "Hey dumbass, I'm not a chick."

I had to change my number.



Hey! I had a very similar experience with my old phone number, 777-9311. I had people calling at all hours of the day saying that they did, in fact, want to spend the night with me or that I could "come tonight". I think the number belonged to a male prostitute at some time because the majority of calls were women. I also think it may have been the number to find out what time it is because a LOT of people would call and scream "WHAT TIME IS IT?" and I'd look at my watch (I wore a watch in those days) and say, "Well, it's around 3:27, but please don't call again." Sometimes they'd call and say, "Where's Jerome?" and I'd answer "I'm sorry, you must have the wrong number. There's no Jerome here." and then they'd respond "HAW HAAAA!" and hang up. It was weird.
 
2012-06-08 09:01:38 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Phinn: farkityfarker: This case notwithstanding, you have to be pretty lucky to get a phone number ending in 00.

The odds must be, like, a hundred to one, at least.

I have 2.


A hundred to two, then.

/Math is hard.
 
2012-06-08 09:03:41 AM  

TsarTom: Oh, it's locked in a safe. I fail at finishing articles before posting.


you should continue to keep reading, as more details at the end of the article make calling that number even more futile.
 
2012-06-08 09:05:20 AM  

LittleSmitty: Years ago, I kept getting late night calls from people "wanting to know the bail for Jim Bob" (or Rob or god knows who). I would tell them that this wasn't the jail and ask where they got the number. "The Sheriffs Department."

A call to my local carrier turned up some interesting results. Me - "Yeah, I keep getting calls late at night from random people wanting to know the bail for so-and-so. The people are telling me the Sheriffs Department is giving them the number". Cutomer Service Rep - "Let me check that for you sir.... Snort. Giggle. I found your problem. You are one digit off from the County Jail."

They changed it for free. You wouldn't believe how irate some folks get when you explain to them that they aren't talking to the county jail, and you DON'T KNOW what the bail is for some dumbass.


You could have had some fun with that you know:

"Actually this week we're having a special amnesty program: bail is $5k but for every 8 ball you turn in you get $500 off. With enough of them it could be completely free! We're trying to take a gentle approach to cleaning up the streets. Keepin it real fo sho."
 
2012-06-08 09:06:06 AM  

The 4chan Psychiatrist: It warms the heart to know that there are people out there who do nothing but dial a certain phone number in the early hours of the morning, and threaten the individual who answers the phone's life, despite the fact that it's been several months since the offending incident.

/that's dedication


is zimmerman currently in jail? if so, then that's pretty pathetic. you think he is sitting there holding his cell phone in his jail cell?
 
2012-06-08 09:08:26 AM  

bahknee: I'm still not sure why he gave the phone to an attorney instead of just going to T-Mobile for a free number change. Usually, you can do it at least once for free.


$$$$$$$$$. cause he is trying to turn this into his meal ticket.
 
2012-06-08 09:20:57 AM  
CSB: I used to get calls regularly from some Drunk Chick(tm) looking for "Ronnie." She'd call up and slur "Ish Ronnie dere?" in that eastern NC accent I think of as "mush mouth." Traced the calls to a cell tower near Ahoskie, which is not exactly a cosmopolitan area of the state. Tried explaining to her several times that Ronnie wasn't at this number. Mostly I'd get that period of silence you hear when you try to explain something to a drunk, then she'd hang up. A few days would pass and she'd call again. Lather rinse repeat.

Finally, I started saying things like "Ronnie was here, but he left with some woman, a blanket, and a six-pack" or "Ronnie said he wouldn't be coming in today, said he could be reached at Hooters in Myrtle Beach."

The calls ended after that. I can only imagine that Ronnie is buried in a shallow grave somewhere.

/CSB
 
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