ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More than 77,000 calls, more than 41,000 text messages and nearly 2,000 emails, all in a week. You might have seen the story about an Albuquerque woman arrested for harassing her ex-boyfriend. It seems absolutely unbelievable and it is.
It’s a jaw-dropping story that’s generated a lot of Internet buzz.
“I’ve seen this on Facebook,” recalls Albuquerque resident Edna De La Cruz.
A woman is arrested for calling her ex-boyfriend a whopping 77,000 times in one week.
“Why was she so desperate?” wonders Albuquerque resident Francis Lucero.
It’s a staggering number that has locals shaking their heads.
“That’s pretty amazing she called that many times,” says Lucero.
Resident Ralph Machaeo has a similar take.
“This is pretty unbelievable. I mean, 77,000 in a week. You gotta kind of get over yourself … I don’t know, maybe she thought the 74,000th time she called, he would pick up and take her back,” says Machaeo.
When you break it down, that amounts to one call every 7.78 seconds.
“How’d she pull it off? She must have some kind of major database or what kind of smartphone does she have, you know?” wonders Lucero.
But, there’s a catch. It’s fake.
“If you told me it was fake, I wouldn’t believe you,” says Albuquerque resident Terry Booker.
In fact, the woman in the photo comes from a story out of Oklahoma.
“Are you sure she ain’t from here?” asks Lucero. “She’s from here, huh?”
A quick Google search of the attorney’s name reveals no such lawyer in Albuquerque.
The story comes from the World News Daily Report, a satirical website, and you don’t have to look very far to find other unbelievable headlines.
“U.S. Quadrapods of different colors amazing to genetics. So, they’re saying that one person had different color babies?” asks Booker.
“Oh my God. That tobacco free? Why do you have a baby right there?” wonders De La Cruz.
Yet, you’ll have to dig a little deeper to find an explanation. There is a small disclaimer is at the top of the page.
“It should have a little pop up or something on it,” says Lucero.
“And look how small it is,” Booker says.
It just goes to show, you can’t believe everything you read.
“People put all kinds of crazy stuff on the Interweb,” says Albuquerque resident Guenevere Nyderek.
The story in Oklahoma the website grabbed the woman’s photo from was about that same woman crawling through a McDonald’s drive-through window.
The story seems so convincing, KRQE News 13 even received calls from another news station asking for the scoop.