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Man's cellphone flooded with Chewbacca impersonators

By Daniel Uria
Man's cellphone flooded with Chewbacca impersonators
Blake Webb received countless phone calls from Chewbacca impersonators seeking to claim a reward offered by a post on Craigslist. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

FRANKLIN COUNTY , Va., March 11 (UPI) -- A Virginia man unknowingly became the judge of a Chewbacca impersonator contest after his friends posted his phone number on Craigslist.

Blake Webb's friends posted his number to the online classified site and encouraged people to call Webb's phone with their best Chewbacca impression in order to win a prize of $50.

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The fraudulent contest was set to run through May 4, a day commonly associated with Star Wars due to a twist on the Jedi saying, "May the force be with you," "May the 4th be with you."

"Most of the time they would just go, 'Hey is this the guy from Craigslist?' And I was like, 'What?'" Webb told WDBJ. "[After they do the impersonation] I was like, 'Hello!' They'd be like, 'Is that good? And I'd be like, 'Yeah, that was pretty good."

Webb said that he's actually had some lengthy conversations with the callers after the initial confusion and even got to hear a few of their personal stories.

He said he's been a good sport and won't have the ad removed and is planning his own prank to get vengeance on his friends.

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Webb added that he unfortunately won't be handing out the $50 reward, as he has to care for his newborn child.

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