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An important lesson for celebrities: It's not a good idea to use Twitter as your own personal yellow pages.
Justin Bieber is facing some serious trouble this week after a Twitter prank resulted in his fans making thousands of phone calls to two unsuspecting Texans.
Earlier this week, the 18-year-old "Boyfriend" singer reportedly tweeted the message, "Call me right now at" along with a partial phone number (only the final digit was missing). CBS posted a screen grab of the tweet, being careful to erase the final four numbers:
Unsurprisingly, many of Bieber's approximately 19 million Twitter followers apparently complied, guessing the final digits of the phone number. As a result, two Texas residents, including 81-year-old Dilcie Fleming, claimed they received more than 1,000 unwanted phone calls.
Bieber is already a noted prankster (he'll soon host a revamped version of the celebrity prank show "Punk'd"), but he soon realized his error and deleted the offending tweet. Regardless, the two residents called the act "reckless" and are looking for retribution in the form of money, concert tickets, and a formal apology.
This isn't the first time Bieber used Twitter to cause telephone chaos. In August 2010, the Biebz reportedly tweeted (and then removed) the phone number of Detroit teenager Kevin Kristopick. "Everyone call me 248-XXX-XXXX :) or text," Bieber reportedly wrote.
After fielding thousands of unwanted texts, the teen deleted his Twitter account, but not before tweeting, "Thanks for giving out my # @justinbieber."
Though Bieber never copped to the prank, it may have been payback for Kristopick allegedly hacking the Twitter account of one of the pop star's childhood buddies.
"im the one who hacked ryan and got justins #," Kristopick tweeted in July 2010.
That'll teach him to cross the Biebz.
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