The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Dude, Change Your Number: Guy Says Woman Called Him 65,000 Times

We had some questions after reading this, and unfortunately none have been answered in any of the stories so far:

"Dutch prosecutors are charging a 42-year-old woman with stalking after she allegedly called her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times in the past year." (The Associated Press)

First: Didn't the "ex-boyfriend," who's 62, change his number after, say, call No. 10,000 or so?

Second: She couldn't have actually had a phone to her ear every time, could she?

Let's assume she sleeps six hours a night (this doesn't sound like someone who gets a full eight hours in). That leaves 6,570 hours of awake time over the past year. So, she'd have to make about 10 calls an hour on average. A computer or some device doing some redialing must have been involved.

And there is a hint about that in the AP story: "Police arrested the suspected stalker Monday, seizing several cell phones and computers from her home in Rotterdam."

Third: He waits a year to file a complaint. What's up with that?

Fourth: "The man denied they had a relationship," says AP. Seems like they certainly knew each other, though.

Finally: The court has "ordered her not to contact him again," the AP says. Do we really think that's going to happen?

Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.