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Being woken at 4.30am to be asked if you can send a taxi to pick someone up is no joke when you're fast asleep – and don't even own a taxi.
Many similar calls over the next few hours and you could be forgiven for wondering what on earth is happening.
But, luckily, Wayne Poxon saw the funny side of the situation when he discovered that the firm who had changed his television box a few days earlier, had also managed to swap his long-standing phone number and given him the number of a taxi company in Derby city centre instead.
His wife Candy thought it was so hilarious, that the Chellaston couple kept being asked to send a cab to various addresses in Derby, she posted it on social media and it was soon shared around the area.
Window fitter – and not cab driver - Mr Poxon, 48, said he was surprised to be woken so early by a ringing phone on Friday morning. He said: “I was asked to send a taxi and, when I said they had the wrong number, they went away but called back again a bit later because it was the only number they had.
“I did know what was going on because I had no idea the landline number had changed. It was only after a number of calls, which peaked at teatime on Friday, that we realised what had happened. We had a new box fitted on Tuesday and it takes about 24-48 hours for a new number to kick-in. We weren’t supposed to have a new number but apparently somewhere along the way, we got assigned one.
“So I rang the company and after several attempts to speak to someone, it got sorted and we were disconnected from the cab number finally. The only trouble is we will now be assigned another number, which will take up to 48 hours to kick-in again – let’s hope the same sort of thing does not happen again.
“I've been told I won't have to pay anything extra. Which struck me as being a bit rich seeing as I had all the problems but it’s such a funny thing to happen that I am not harbouring a grudge. Let’s say I am sticking to my day job and not taking up being a cabbie any time soon.”