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Florida woman enjoys 867-5309 calls for 'Jenny'

Nov. 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

LYNN HAVEN, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida woman with a phone number made famous by pop band Tommy Tutone said she obtained the number on purpose and receives hundreds of calls each week.

Carrie Routt of Lynn Haven said she dialed 867-5309, the phone number belonging to the eponymous girl in the Tommy Tutone song "Jenny," for fun 12 years ago and she discovered the number was available, WMBB-TV, Panama City, Fla., reported Tuesday.

"Just like everybody else we wanted to know what would happen if you called that number," Routt said.

She said she called the phone company and concocted a story to get a free change of digits.

"I told them I was getting prank calls on the old phone so I could transfer the old number without paying a fee. Which was kind of ironic because I was getting the number that would give you the most prank calls," she said.

Routt said she now receives 50 or more prank calls each day.

"Oh I love it when she goes in the other room and the phone goes off," said Kyle Routt, her husband of six years.

Routt said she does not want to give up the number, but she might consider selling -- a Philadelphia medical student successfully auctioned off the digits for $5,500 on eBay in 2009.

"I've thought about that. It's sort of part of me and I just can't imagine not having the number but for the right price tag maybe everything is for sale," Routt said.

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