Texting costs Polish bus driver his job

Man is fired over $34,000 in text message charges made on company cell phone in an effort to win contest.

A city bus driver in Poland has been fired for sending $34,000 in text messages from his company cell phone.

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Leszek Wojcik ran up the bill by by sending more than 38,000 SMS messages, about 1,200 a day, in an effort to win a contest, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The Slupsk city bus driver told a local radio station that he hoped to win the contest so he could buy a second car.

The cell phone was only supposed to have a $5 limit, a spokesman for the Slupsk city transportation agency told the AP.

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