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Wrong Number, Really!

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Wrong Number, Really!

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Wrong Number, Really!

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For Richard Perkins, it was only trouble when his phone number hit the Internet. A celebrity Web site gave his number as a way to reach Brad Pitt. The 77-year-old man got so many calls for the movie star that he took the phone off the hook. Then his Life Alert system read his dead phone as a call for help. Firefighters burst into his house, only to discover that he's fine.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Some people might see this is an opportunity, but for Richard Perkins it was only trouble when his phone number hit the Internet. A celebrity Web site gave his number as a way to reach Brad Pitt. The 77-year-old man got so many calls for the movie star that he took the phone off the hook. And then his Life Alert system read his dead phone as a call for help. Firefighters soon burst into his house to save him, only to discover that he is more or less fine.

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