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Robert Harley (
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 10:58:12 +0100 (MET)

Man Crashes Car As 50 Pagers Ring At Once

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukraine businessman who bought a pager for each
member of his staff as a New Year gift was so alarmed when all 50 of
them went off at the same time that he drove his car into a lamp post,
a newspaper said Thursday.

The unnamed businessman was returning from the pager shop when the
accident happened, the Fakty daily reported. ''With no more than 100
meters to go to the office, the 50 pagers on the back seat suddenly
burst out screeching. The businessman's fright was such that he simply
let go of the steering wheel and the car ploughed into a lamp post.''

After he had assessed the damage to the car, the businessman turned
his attention to the message on the 50 pagers. It read:
''Congratulations on a successful purchase!''