There’s a strange quirk in US carrier Verizon’s text messaging system. When entering a recipient, if their phone number doesn’t pop up with their name and you send it anyway, it may go to someone else. That someone else is often Leila.
Meet Leila Sales. She writes novels for young adults under Simon Schuster, and since early 2007 she has received thousands of text messages from strangers which were intended for other Leilas. Why does this happen? Because Verizon made her [email protected] She didn’t ask to be, it just sort of magically happened. Whenever somebody tries to write to their friend Leila they type in her first name, and if auto-fill doesn’t kick in to link up the contact, that message goes to Leila Sales. She averages about five of these texts every day. Like any creative person would do, she’s started a blog highlighting her favourites and providing some commentary. It’s a hilarious world of sex, drugs, affairs and teenage drama. And they come in all sorts of flavours. We’ve culled a few prime examples below:
The Insecure Cheater:
The Awkward Break-Up:
The Pretending I Don’t Want To Put It In You, Leila:
The English Teacher’s Nightmare:
Not surprisingly, a lot of these mistaken texts are signed “mum”. I’m sure my own mum has accidentally sent stuff to [email protected] on more than one occasion. Leila has a stock “You’ve got the wrong Leila” message she sends back when she has time or if the text seems important, but if the texter is an a-hole (like the guy that dumped Leila above) she’ll usually let them figure it our on their own. You can, and should, read her best-of at her blog The Leila Texts.