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Old 02-20-2019, 10:05 PM
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Years ago someone figured out a way to make long distance calls and have it charged to our home phone. My mom argued with Bell for a few weeks, then she came up with a solution.

She had long distance disabled for our phone number. We would then buy long distance cards which in turn was cheaper than paying Bell for long distance calls.

No more padded bills from Bell.

We found another advantage, I would buy a long distance card for me and a different for mom. Result. if my mom ran out of time she could not blame me since I had my own access code.

PS. It did not happen often, but it turned out handy when we had long distance relatives visiting, we pretended to have used up our minutes and would buy them a cheap $5 dollar card for them, that way they could not hog the phone all the time.
Had something similar happen when I was in my 20s. My family ended up having to pay for a bunch of calls charged to our number that originated at the base where my brother was stationed because we couldn't prove it wasn't my brother doing it even though he was in England when several of the calls were made. (Not that we thought he was doing it, as he's always been honest.) So, my parents changed the phone number, and it stopped. Turned out a "friend of my brother's had gotten our phone number while he was a guest in our home, and then charged calls to our number. Once we figured out who was doing it, my mother reported the guy to his first sergeant. This happened close to 40 years ago, so I don't know what the eventual outcome was.
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:54 AM
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Reported to the Sergeant... That could be a relative non-event, but more likely the start of an enlisted nightmare. Life in hell, of course, depends on how creative the sergeant is, and how annoyed he is with his little idiots.
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