Kim Gil-young runs a sweets shop in Seongju County and has been using the number for 16 years, she told Granthshala on Thursday.
When the hugely popular South Korean fantasy drama “Squid Game” was first released, Kim said she was getting thousands of calls per day. He said that he has been receiving hundreds of calls and messages in the last few days.
It is seriously disrupting her life, she said, explaining that she is now taking medication to calm her nerves after a doctor diagnosed her with acute stress disorder.
“I can’t concentrate because unknown numbers keep calling me again and again,” she told Granthshala.
Netflix confirmed to Granthshala that it had edited the scenes, including the phone number.
“Together with the production company, we are working to resolve this issue, including editing out scenes with phone numbers, if necessary,” the company said in a statement to Granthshala Thursday.
Granthshala has contacted Netflix for further comment on Kim’s situation.
Kim said she originally took the number for her personal line but started using it to run her business when she started her own sweet shop a year and a half ago.
Since the release of “Squid Game,” it has been impossible for him to do business with the phone number, she said. However, she says that she cannot leave it.
“I had previous customers who called to complain they couldn’t hold me. A caller asked for the product, but when I offered it, they said they were joking and hung up, ” said Kim.
“I can’t tell the difference between a real business call and a prank call.”
The show tells the story of a game in which contestants who are in debt play children’s games to win massive cash prizes. The downside is that the losers will be killed.
Despite arriving on the streaming service to virtually no fanfare, “The Squid Game” has become what Netflix is possibly billing as “the greatest show ever.”
Kim said an anonymous caller asked her if her number was supposed to play the “squid game.” She also reports receiving multiple texts with curse words, including one message telling her to “b*tch.”
She said that one person called her and asked her to be one of the jumpsuit-wearing agents on the show, while others asked to participate in the game.
Kim said she spoke to a representative for the show, who said the situation was unexpected and offered her one million South Korean won ($840) in compensation for paying for a new phone.
However, Kim said the offer was not enough because the phone number was used for business and he had already paid for ads featuring the numerals.
“They said they’re sorry but honestly, I’m not sure if they’re really sorry. I wonder if I was a big company, not an individual, would they have reacted the same way,” Kim said. said.
“I think the show is number one in the world and it has made a lot of money. But they told me that they are also in a difficult position.”
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