Imagine you have a birthday in a few days and your children decide to surprise you with a billboard wishing you a happy birthday. Now, pan down the billboard to the bottom, and there is your phone number for texting purposes. What would you do?
Chris Ferry Jr. said he wanted to do something funny and special for his pop’s birthday and believe me this was funny and special. I would have never thought about doing this to my 92-year-old mother. The phone calls would be non-stop but Chris, the father, is taking it all in stride.
Chris, the dad, claims he’s been inundated with nearly 10,000 calls and text over a week’s time.
“They get me on the phone, they want to talk to me, they want to tell me about their most memorable birthday,” he told the station. “People say, ‘I lost my dad last year.’ I had one guy tell me, ‘I tried to call my father to tell him about the billboard and he didn’t pick up, so I figured I would call you to talk to you and now you’re not picking up.’”
He’s getting a kick out of the gesture — even though it has effectively hijacked his smartphone, he said.
“I really haven’t been able to use my phone in a normal way,” he said. “There’s a call coming through right now, it’s happened like three times since I’ve been on the phone with you.”
But he added, “I got the joke. It was funny, it was good. And then I thought, ‘Man, I’m going to be getting a lot of phone calls.’”
The billboard went up on the Black Horse Pike last week, proclaiming, “Wish My Dad Happy Birthday. Love, Your Sons” next to a giant image of Ferry’s face. [excerpt via NY Post]
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