Houston Community News >> Man Gets 256 Dollars for Nuisance Text Messages

1/14/2007 BEIJING - A court has ordered a Chinese television production company to pay damages to a man who received more than 3,000 nuisance messages after his mobile phone number was used in a police TV drama.

The court said the Runshi Rongguang Film Production Co. should have made sure the number was not in use before having a villain say it aloud on-screen, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The company was ordered to pay $256 to the mobile phone customer, Chen Bing.

Chen, 39, says he started receiving a stream of text messages in July 2004.

"It was so annoying, and for a long time I wondered why I was getting all these text messages," he said.

(Contributed by The Sentinel)