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Oops! Company’s number on city trucks connects to adult phone line

July 20th, 2011 11:14 pm by Gary B. Gray

Hold the phone!
Dialing the number on the back some of Johnson City’s parks and recreation and public works trucks does not ring up the Waynesboro, Pa., EZ-Dumper headquarters. Instead of reaching the company, which sports its logo and a toll-free number on its hydraulic lifts, callers are referred to yet another toll-free number — an adult sex-talk line.
Apparently, an inadvertent phone number switch has left the company in an awkward situation.
“Hey there sexy guy,” whispers a recording of a sultry sounding woman who has no intention of selling you anything having to do with a truck. No tires, no alternator and definitely no windshield wipers.
The woman goes on to offer indecent conversations from 99 cents to $2.99 a minute.
The voice then instructs callers that they must be 18 years old and to “enter your credit card now.”
“If that’s the case, we need to take care of this immediately,” Mike Williams, the city’s Public Works Department street division construction supervisor, said Wednesday. “EZ-Dumper is a name of a company that makes these items called dump beds. They’re purchased through our purchasing department.”
Williams said there were only a few EZ-Dumpers in use and that the company’s logo and the toll free number are included on a decal placed on the beds.
Public Works Director Phil Pindzola said late Wednesday that all the decals had been removed.
EZ-Dumper owner Josh Knoble apologized for the situation but said it was not the company’s fault.
“The original owner went out of business three years ago, and we purchased the trademark name,” Knoble said. “But some adult line has starting using the number. We have new numbers printed out on bumper stickers that they can put on the beds.”
The company’s website states that “... it accepts responsibility to the various groups of people affected by our business.”

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