“After seeing the bill, I remembered a story I had just read in the newspaper about some young child dialing numbers on his family’s phone and running up a large bill. All sorts of possibilities ran through my mind,” Mrs. Ruling said.
“Someone commented that I must have been betting at every track in the United States to build up a bill like that. If it were mine, I might have to take up betting to pay it off.”
The local office of the telephone company told The Star last night that the technicians had located and repaired a mistake in the wiring to the toll call recording equipment.
It seems the long distance calls of another subscriber had been accidentally channeled into the Rulings’ account in a billing device at the Oneonta office.