Man arrested for texting and calling ex more than 20,000 times

He wasn't even trying to win her back, either. 


Chase Hoffberger


Published Sep 5, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 3:44 pm CDT

A man in France is facing 10 months in prison after his ex-girlfriend reported him for texting and calling her more than 20,000 times in less than a year after they broke up.

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The unnamed 33-year-old man, who lives in Rhone, now admits that “it was stupid,” but at the time he appeared quite adamant about getting his ex-girlfriend to thank him for fixing up their apartment. He’d call and text her upwards of 73 times per day. When she blocked his number, he called her parents. 

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“At the time, my logic was that, until she returns the money … or at least says thank you, I would not stop the calls,” he told a court in Lyon. 

She eventually did thank him, in a meeting organized by a mediator. According to court records, the man has not contacted her since. 

No matter. He’s now in jail for 10 months—six of which have been suspended—and must pay a €1,000 fine (roughly $1300 U.S.), in addition to undergoing psychiatric treatment. No doubt, he’s barred from any further contact with that ex-girlfriend of his.

H/T The Guardian | Photo via Derekolson/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 5, 2014, 10:56 am CDT