How Rod Stewart Dodged His Long-Distance Hotel Phone Bills

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Sir Rod Stewart performs live on stage during his ‘Blood Red Roses’ tour at The O2 Arena on December 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images).

Everyone knows that long-distance phone calls can cost a pretty penny – even rocker Rod Stewart! In a new documentary about Scottish soccer player Dennis Law, Stewart reveals that he would rack up huge bills for long-distance calls while checking on his favorite teams’ games. Stewart said that, while staying in a hotel, “I used to phone up, and my dad would put the phone by the television and I would listen for the whole game. Then they would send me a bill for hundreds of quid.” How did he get out of it? “I would say, ‘What person in his right mind would be on a phone call for 90-odd minutes?’ recalled Stewart. “They would say, ‘Oh, yes, I suppose it is a mistake, Mr. Stewart,’ and I would get a bill for 10 quid.”

What’s the most you’ve been charged for phone calls? Have you ever sneaked your way out of paying a bill?




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