Got Harrassing Calls Three Times Last Night: Phone Company Makes You Pay For Blocking
I got them on my iPhone, which Gregg got me, and which I use for an alarm clock, so it was next to my bed and woke me up at around midnight. And then the guy called at 2:07 am and 2:08 am. It was on vibrate but the second one woke me up.
This sucks because I'm working so hard on the book that I didn't even leave the house this week, and wake up at 5 am every day, write and write, and push it until 8 at night most nights. (Last night, I prepped for the radio show from 7 to 8 because I was too exhausted to keep writing after finishing many sections of a chapter and the chapter itself.)
The first time the guy called, because I'd gone to sleep with noise-cancelling headphones on, I couldn't quite hear him -- he said something about my calling his number, which I NEVER have. (I really call almost no one -- only Gregg, really.)
The third time he called, he said nothing and I yelled into the phone that I would call the cops on him -- and I knew how to do it. (I was getting obscene phone calls for a while and knew the process.)
But, the last time, I got the police involved (by filing a report so they could get the number from the phone company) because I got the calls from a blocked number. This idiot's number reads out and I was able to trace it in a reverse directory to his name and the fact that the phone is a Sprint phone.
The phone companies have quite a racket going, though. There's no way, no app, to block a number. ATT apparently won't allow it, if what I read on a bulletin board last night is correct (after I couldn't get back to sleep for an hour). You have to pay $4.99 a month to ATT to block a number. I emailed Gregg in Detroit, and he was up, and I called him and he ended up doing this. (He pays for my iPhone on a family plan with his.)
Gregg and I both had the same thought. (I talked to him before his plane left from Detroit this morning.) We both wondered whether the phone company is behind this, because we had to get the $4.99 service (which blocks 30 numbers) to block just this one.
I almost never make calls on my cell. I only text Gregg, my editorial assistant, and my neighbor ("Hey, can you pick me up some kale at the market?") (And yes, I use perfect, grammatical English for the most part when texting, out of fear that I'll degrade my writing by starting to text in bad grammar and abbreviations.)
I suspect calling Sprint and reporting the guy will do nothing. Chances are, he just thinks he got my number from some person in a bar and wrote it down wrong. The guy has a Spanish name -- like from Mexico, Guatemala, etc. -- and had a bit of an accent, and his number traces to LA zip code 90001. It's the Florence-Graham section of Los Angeles, which is listed as one of LA's top 12 gang-infested neighborhoods.
(I'm guessing it's not somebody I met at LA Press Club.)