London, June 18 (IANS) An elderly father in Britain had the shock of his life when his 12-year-old son's love talk with a girlfriend cost him a whopping 1,700 pounds (over $2,660 or about Rs.150,000) in a month.
Oscar Rushen used to call up his 13-year-old girlfriend using his father's cellphone.
Dennis Rushen, 65, a divorcee father, accused the telephone firm of being greedy, saying it should have intervened when the 10.50 pounds-a-month contract suddenly went up to hundreds of pounds a week, Daily Mail reported.
"When I saw this massive bill, I thought there must be a mistake. It turned out there were sometimes several calls a day and they would last more than two hours," he said.
His son struck up the relationship at the start of March after meeting the girl at a youth club near his mother's home in Norfolk county. Unable to meet regularly because of long distance between their homes, the two preferred romancing over the phone.
The boy only discovered the price of their love after being a month into the relationship. He has now restricted himself to chatting through facebook only while the father is fighting the telephone firm over the bill.