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Santa’s Surprise: Holiday Movie Refers to Sex Line

December 30, 1994

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) _ A woman who took her grandchildren to see the movie ″The Santa Clause″ was out for some good family fun.

The fun ended when the children called an 800 number mentioned in the movie and were connected to a sex line.

″I don’t think children need to be exposed to that,″ said Shirley Dearth of Concord Township, about 25 miles east of Cleveland.

Dearth took her 7-year-old granddaughter and 9-year-old grandson on Monday to see the PG-rated Walt Disney film starring Tim Allen. In the movie, Allen’s ex-wife wants to give him her phone number. He quips, ″What is it? 1-800- SPANK ME?″

When Dearth’s grandchildren wanted to call the toll-free number, she let them, thinking it probably didn’t exist. The children put it on the phone’s speaker so she could hear.

″Hi sexy 3/8 You’ve just connected to the hottest phone line in America, brought to you by American TelNet,″ said a recording of a sultry woman’s voice. ″Our one-of-a-kind service lets you choose your own phone fantasy.″

The phone message first tells callers under 18 to hang up. It then gives a description and list of 900-number sex lines that can be called and their fees.

Disney spokesman Howard Green said the number was just a joke.

″I can’t imagine that people would call that number,″ Green said from Burbank, Calif. ″It’s a fictitious movie. ... If a real number like that exists, it’s coincidence.″

A woman who took a call Thursday at American TelNet offices in Miami said she could not locate anyone for comment.

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