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Opera investigates a $57,000 mobile phone bill

October 30, 2015 by norman lebrecht

3 comments.


An official of the Paris Opera is under investigation for running up 52,000 Euros ($57,000) on a monthly bill while on vacation in Spain this July. It is suspected the person concerned downloaded movie on his or her laptop while lounging on a beach.

No disciplinary action has been taken. ‘We don’t understand this bill,’ says a bewildered boss at the Paris Opera.

Dis-donc…

Report here (en francais).

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Comments (3)

  1. Theodore McGuiver says:

    He was a trade union representative. No doubt his extortionate phone bill was a framing by the running dogs of capitalism.

  2. Mathieu says:

    “It is suspected the person concerned downloaded movie on his or her laptop while lounging on a beach”

    Err… no. Nothing in the article indicates that.

    According to the article, the union rep in question claims he used is professional phone while in vacation for union-related business. Apparently he didn’t know that the phone company charges 5000 € per giga downloaded abroad (that’s quite an absurd fee if you ask me).

    The facts of the matter are really murky. This is why it would be wise not to draw conclusions before the investigation is completed.

    1. Anon says:

      Even given a high charge as you suggest > 10Gb is a heck of a lot to need to download while on holiday.


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