Beyond-the-Grave Texts From Nan Reveal O2 Number Cock-Up

By Gerald Lynch on at

It was supposed to be a final, loving gesture from the younger generations of a family to their late grandmother. When the Emersons buried nan Lesley with a phone in order to send her some final messages and help manage their grief, they never expected to get a reply.

But that's exactly what happened when granddaughter Sheri began receiving messages from a mystery source. "I'm watching over you," came the unexpected reply. "It's all going to get better. Just push through". Considering Lesley had been dead for three years, either supernatural forces were at work, or someone, somewhere, had made quite a major cock-up with reassigning her old phone number.

In fairness the replies seem well intentioned, if more than a little naive, and when confronted by the Emerson family the texter apologised. But it should never have been possible in the first place for the texter to contact the grieving Emerson's, given they contacted network operator O2 regarding keeping Lesley's number for good. They had been reassured that there would be no problem in doing so, but it seems the number was recycled by the network nonetheless, with the mystery messenger receiving the Emerson's tribute texts . O2 has since been in contact with the family, with a spokesperson stating "we are doing all we can to help."

It's the second phone-related beyond-the-grave cock-up we've seen in as many months. The late comedian Joan Rivers also seemed to be sending messages from the afterlife following the iPhone 6 launch, when her Instagram account sent out what appeared to be a tactically-scheduled sponsored message about Apple's latest phone. [Daily Mail]

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