A South Korean man’s life has been turned upside down after his phone number appeared on a hit Netflix show and thousands of people have not stopped calling it at all hours of the day and night.
The peeved man, name not disclosed, said fans of the show are calling him 24/7 and the situation is affecting his everyday life.
The man’s number inadvertently appears in the South Korean drama ‘Squid Game’, about a group of people who risk their lives in a survival game to win money.
Since premiering on Netflix on 17th September, the show is so popular that it has reportedly become the first South Korean drama to hit the top of the Netflix charts in America.
Unfortunately for the man, Korean superstar Gong Yoo makes a cameo appearance where he hands a business card to lead actor Lee Jung Jae with a number to call to take part in the survival game.
Following a production error, the number turned out to belong to a man who said he has been using it for over 10 years.
He is quoted as saying: “I’ve had to delete over 4,000 numbers from my phone. It has come to the point where people are reaching out day and night due to their curiosity.
“It drains my phone’s battery and (it) turns off. At first, I didn’t know why, and then my friend told me that my number came out in ‘Squid Game’.”
According to local media, eight digits appeared on the business card instead of the normal 10 or 11. The show’s production team removed the first three numbers, representing the area code, instead of digits elsewhere.
The oversight meant that anyone living within the city code could dial the number locally and get through.
Netflix has confirmed they are in contact with the man and are currently working with the production company Siren Pictures to settle the matter.
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