Man Says 'Booty Call' Cellphone Ruined His Life

The girlfriend of a Canadian man broke up with him after she discovered suggestive text messages on his cell phone. But he didn't write them. The Winnipeg man went back to the Virgin Mobile store, where the staff found similar "sext" messages had also been preloaded onto other phones, apparently by pranksters.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business news is: cell phone sabotage. A man in Winnipeg, Canada had a girlfriend of two and a half years when he decided to get a new mobile phone.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

The girlfriend was scrolling through the new phone and discovered suggestive text messages like: Booty call.

INSKEEP: Where you at?

MONTAGNE: And be there soon.

INSKEEP: She promptly dumped her boyfriend, even though he denied seeing anybody else.

MONTAGNE: The man went back to the Virgin Mobile store and the staff there found similar sexed messages had also been preloaded onto other phones, apparently by pranksters.

INSKEEP: The mobile phone company has yet to formerly respond, but store employees say they feel horrible and they tell the Winnipeg Free Press they will do whatever they can to help the man start his life over again.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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