Town Flooded With Calls Meant for Sex Line
Thanks, Babestation
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2017 9:48 AM CST
Surprise!   (Getty Images/SilviaJansen)

(Newser) – Late night calls meant for a phone sex line instead awoke residents of a western Irish town who, uh, weren't exactly turned on by the disruption. It seems the phone numbers shared by UK adult channel Babestation on Sky TV were meant for UK callers only. To reach "one of the Babestation girls," callers from Ireland needed to replace the first numeral of the number with an international dialing code, Babestation says. Many, however, failed to do that and were instead connected with residents of the Irish town of Westport, who were "aggravated and annoyed" to be "getting these calls in the middle of night," local politician Michael Ring tells the Irish Independent.

Ring, who claims residents also received calls from people trying to reach Sky TV helplines, says he's asked the Commission of Communications Regulation to force Babestation to change its numbers. The commission says it's working to "identify a solution as soon as possible," per the Guardian. Babestation, meanwhile, has apologized to both the "disappointed callers in Ireland" and Westport's residents for the "innocent misunderstanding." And "as a show of support and recognition," the company says it will send two of its models to speak to Westport locals on Thursday, reports Ireland's Journal. "We don't want them," Ring tells the Herald. (A similar mix-up happened in Maine.)

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