Spanish officials released details today regarding their
investigation of a suspicious car fire in Granada.
Discovery of the burnt out vehicle initially caused the
police to suspect foul play. The car’s owner, Paulo
Martinez had been missing for over a week. Yesterday, he
was located at a motel in Alicante.
When questioned, 67 year old Martinez admitted to
staging the fire in an attempt to fake his own demise.
“My financial situation was too bleak” he opined “Last
month my mobile phone bill was over €39,700. This seemed
like the only way to get out from under”.
Why the exorbitant bill? According to Martinez, he
purchased a basic voice plan that didn’t include
messaging. When he later joined Facebook, he began
receiving text updates on his mobile whenever a ‘friend’
posted a new message. “These social networking sites” he
explained “You just start befriending people randomly.
Somehow it gets out of control”.
After receiving thousands of messages over a 1 month
period, Martinez received an invoice for €39,559.27 from
provider Teléfono Móvil Internacional. Company
spokesperson Erica Garcia pointed out that Martinez had
no one to blame but himself “Our customers can select
from a range of affordable data plans. There simply
isn’t any reason for people to go to these extremes”.
However, Spain’s Consumer Communications Organization
says this incident is just the tip of the iceberg. Acts
of criminality and violence linked to cell phone billing
practices are becoming commonplace.
Martinez has reportedly reached an agreement to pay off
his bill in installments over the next 5 years.
News Story by
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