Relentless Ringer: Woman Called Ex-Boyfriend 65,000 Times in One Year

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Even debt collectors or telemarketers aren’t this persistent. Thankfully.

No surprise here: a Dutch woman is charged with stalking after placing an extreme number of phone calls to her former lover. The 42-year-old allegedly called her ex-boyfriend 65,000 times in a single year.

She received no answer until last week – but it wasn’t the 62-year-old man that responded – it was the authorities. They arrested the woman in her Rotterdam home, finding her among several cell phones and computers she may have used to place the harassing phone calls.

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According to a Hague court spokeswoman, she argued to judges that the number of phone calls wasn’t excessive. That plea will be easily disproven. To make 65,000 calls in a year, she’d have to ring him up 1,250 times a week, 178 times per day. That equals one call every 8 minutes, without sleep. Excessive? Who’s counting?

Needless to say, the court ordered her not to contact the man again. Think that will stop her, though? We’re not so optimistic.

Nick Carbone is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @nickcarbone. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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