45-year-old became obsessed with £2-a-minute chatline and made calls to express heartache.
Back in December, Orange handed customer Chris Wilson a rather unwelcome Christmas present, which came in the form of a £7,000 phone bill. Now, Vodafone has gone one better by charging subscriber, Kevin Waldrum, £91,183 for excessive calls to £2-a-minute adult TV channel Studio 66, The Metro reports.
The 45-year-old from Loughborough, a town where a three-bedroom terraced house costs £90,000, made the calls after splitting from his girlfriend of two and a half years in order to tell the girls at the other end about his broken heart.
Unemployed Waldrum continued calling after he first received a £19,333 bill, while another bill for £71,850 followed. Vodafone concedes it could have let him know about the eye-watering sum earlier, and has agreed to reduce it to £29,083.
Waldrum, however, claims the bill has made his depression worse and that plans to fight the rest of the fee. He said: "I lost two stone in weight through the stress of having to pay such a huge bill. I am so depressed, desperate and anxious over the whole situation."
Vodafone said Waldrum had one mobile blocked for high charges but ordered a replacement card.
A spokeswoman for the network, added: "We cannot manage our customers’ spending for them, but we will try to alert them to it if we are aware of an unusual high spending pattern. Looking back at the records, we can see that we could have alerted Mr Waldrum on September 18th, so we will waive the charges of around £61,000 incurred after this point."