While you’re bingeing Netflix’s Squid Game, spare a thought for the person who shares a phone number with the organisers of the bloody battle royale.
Basically the John Lewis of Netflix.
A Korean man has been receiving 4,000 calls a day since Squid Game landed on Netflix earlier this month, as the phone number used in the show actually belongs to him.
In the first episode of the gory series, Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae) meets a recruiter (Gong Yoo) at a train station who offers him a chance to win billions of won by playing games.
He gives Gi-hun a card featuring an eight digit number, but Netflix didn’t make up the number for the show.
In fact, the number belongs to an unnamed man in his 40s from the Gyeonggi Province, who has been inundated with calls from people saying they ‘wanted to be in the game’.
He told MBC that he has been receiving calls, text messages and pictures at all hours of the night from people who ‘sounded like kids’, and is struggling to sleep.
The man is unable to change his phone number as it is linked to his business and has been using it for 10 years.
According to the Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of The Korea Times, Netflix said the production company is in negotiations with the phone number owner to resolve the issue.
In addition, presidential hopeful Huh Kyung-young from the National Revolutionary Party has offered 100 million won / (£62,000) to buy the phone number off him.
As per a Facebook post, he promised: ‘I heard that the owner of the phone number showed on a business card in Squid Game is suffering serious damage from prank calls. I would like to buy the number for 100 million won.’
An interesting political tactic…
Squid Game is on track to become Netflix’s biggest series ever, having reached number 1 on the platform in 90 countries.
The show follows a man who owes debt to loan sharks and is struggling to get custody of his daughter, who signs up to a game where participants play childhood games to bank a huge jackpot.
However, when players are ‘eliminated’, they are brutally killed.
Squid Game is available to stream on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.