65,000 Calls Later, Dutch Woman Charged With Stalking
Sixty-five thousand calls plus one year equals one stalking charge.
That’s the equation facing a 42-year-old Dutch woman who allegedly called her a man 65,000 times in the past year.
The woman finally had her call answered this week, not by the man she says was her her ex-boyfriend but by Dutch prosecutors who charged her with stalking.
Police arrested the unidentified, suspected stalker Monday, seizing several cell phones and computers from her home in Rotterdam.
The arrest came after the 62-year-old recipient of the persistent calls filed a police complaint earlier this month. He denies having any relationship with the woman.
A look at the statistical breakdown of the woman’s phone-calling habits sheds light on the multiple cellphones seized in the raid of her home.
To reach 65,000 calls, the woman had to have called 178 times a day. That’s nearly eight calls an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or one phone call every eight minutes, without ever stopping.
Proving, perhaps, that the bestselling U.S. book and movie, ”He’s Just Not That Into You,” was never translated into Dutch, the woman told court officials her call volume was normal.
Hague prosecution spokeswoman Nicolette Stoel told the Associated Press the woman argued to judges at a preliminary hearing that the number of calls she placed to the man wasn’t excessive. She also denied the man’s assertion that the two had never been in a relationship.
Nonetheless, her alleged ex can now safely put his phone back on the hook.
The court ordered the woman to have no contact with the man again.