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A former Verizon facilities technician was on Tuesday cuffed for allegedly tapping the landlines of 942 of the company's customers to make 5,000 calls to 1-900 "chat" lines, racking up a $220,000 bill in the process. According to the The Star-Ledger, Joseph R. Vaccarelli, 45, of Nutley, New Jersey, spent 45,000 minutes on …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He is

    in a very *sticky* situation

  2. Colin Reid
    Paris Hilton

    Simple test for guilt

    Surely there is one simple test to determine if he's guilty or not.

    I call it the 'hairy hands and impaired vision' test.

    Paris, cause she makes my hands hairy.

  3. Jamie

    you know it is a geek site when

    You have to put in a bootnote stating that the calculations are based on a 52 week year, otherwise people reading would do calculations and state you made a mistake.

  4. Louis

    Time conversion

    1.44 hours a week, otherwise known as 17.28 lonely single BT engineer hand shandies (at 5 minutes a piece). I think it's time The Reg online standards convertor was updated to include time..

    (I accept no liability for any dodgy half arsed incorrect maths that may have occured in this comment).

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Less than 2 hours a week ?

    How exactly is that "outrageous" ? I mean it is perfectly in the realm of the possible. I'd venture that I spend easily twice that time on the Net - just during my lunch hour.

  6. Gilbert Wham

    Chatlines? How terribly quaint.

    Why was he not spending all his time pissing around on Facebook, like every other workshy dunderhead in the world who is busily INFECTING! MACHINES! I! HAVE! TO! CLEAN! through that horrible web 2.bollocks even as we speak. I'm going to stop explaining to them how they *should* behave even on their home machines and just buy a taser.

    Sample of new improved conversation w/thicko:

    "Yes, but if you do (X) instead, it wouldn't keep breaking"

    "That's stupid! I can't be bothered to do that!"



  7. pete
    Paris Hilton

    Gives a whole new meaning

    This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Minute Man".

    Paris, for obvious reasons... Mine's the one with the case of Trojans in the bulging pocket.

  8. James Monnett

    Gilbert Wham

    Gilbert may I interest you in my tasercomp design, which features a built in taser with leads to the power button.

    I should wanr you given the fact it pulls from a 850 wat power supply as opposed to the standard 9 volt battery there is a chance of overcharge which might include minor side effects to users such as permanant mental or physical impairment, various dysfuntions, retardation (which would be redundant in the case of users anyway) or death.

    JM takes NO liability for accidental overcharges or misuse.

    Mines the one with the taser and "unique" internal wiring

  9. sidney cook

    Joseph R. Vaccarelli, 45, of Nutley, New Jersey

    I can not belive you missed this Nutley, New Jersey. Well he was getting his Nutleys off.

    Sorry I had to say it.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    sex calls

    He will be making sex calls of another type now.

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