TOKYO A Japanese man was arrested for calling a
food company's toll-free number 500 times in 16 months because
he wanted to hear the woman's voice on the automated tape,
police said on Monday.
The 38-year-old plumber, who was arrested on Sunday, made
3,100 hours worth of free calls to the company, costing it
almost 4 million yen (19,500 pounds) in phone bills, a police
spokesman in Takasaki, northwest of Tokyo, said.
"He gets excited by the woman's voice on the guidance
tape," the spokesman said, adding that the voice sounded normal
to the detective who was involved in the investigation.
The food company asked for its name to be withheld. The
spokesman said police are investigating if the man placed an
excessive number of calls to any other firms.
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; editing by Sophie Hardach)