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The skinny: Her wireless exposes her as scandalous

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Her wireless exposes her as scandalous

Gabriella Nagy of Toronto had a cell phone account. It was separate from her husband's and the other services that the couple had with the company. But the company thought that it would be in their best interest to consolidate the accounts, and did it without asking. This became a problem, though, because it gave her husband access to her call history. And there were calls on there that Nagy didn't want her husband to know about. And it wasn't so she could keep his birthday present a surprise. He found out about an affair, took the kids and got a divorce. Nagy says her work suffered as a result, and she lost her job. And so, the moral of the story is . . . it's the cell phone company's fault. At least that is the basis of Nagy vs. Rogers Wireless, in which she is seeking $600,000 in damages.

Nothing is worth reaching in toilet

Here is a general lifestyle tip, courtesy of a guy in China who didn't want to be named for reasons that will be apparent almost immediately: If you drop your cell phone in the toilet, just go get a new one. It's gone. This man thought he could save his. So he wrapped his arm in newspaper and reached toward Iowa. Now, we feel the need to note that this is not a sanctioned use of newspaper. The man, a college student not majoring in common sense, snaked his hand through the twists and turns of the plumbing, and says that the soaked newspaper expanded, causing his arm to get stuck. Roommates were of no help in extricating him, and rescue workers needed more than an hour to get him out. The fate of the phone was not mentioned in reports from China.

Woman has no info about parking

Officials in Oak Park, Ill., printed 24,000 fliers telling residents where to call for information about parking stickers. The bad news is they got the phone number wrong. The amazing news is that, for the first time ever, a published wrong number did not lead to a phone-sex line. But that was of little consolation for Tracy Stajszczak of Mokena, Ill., the owner of the phone number that was mistakenly printed. She got so many calls that she changed her voicemail greeting and turned it off. Town officials promised to pay her for any minutes that she goes over on her plan.

Help wanted

Customer is right, except on Facebook

Learn from Ashley Johnson, 22, of Charlotte, N.C.: If you are waiting tables at a pizza joint, and a couple at one of your tables moves in for three hours, staying an hour after you were supposed to clock out, and then leaves a $5 tip, it's reasonable to be upset. But what you shouldn't do is go on Facebook and call the couple cheap. And if you feel you have to do that, you shouldn't mention the name of the pizza joint where you work. According to the Charlotte Observer, Johnson made her biggest mistake on that last point, so the restaurant fired her. And she knew it. She apologized.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Her wireless exposes her as scandalous 05/17/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 17, 2010 10:29pm]
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