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There are a lot of people trying to join the famous entrepreneur Elon Musk. Sometimes, however, they get Lyndsay Tucker, a 25-year-old skin care consultant.
Tucker, who works at a Sephora beauty store in San Jose, California, had never heard of the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX until a few years ago, when she started broadcasting a constant stream calls and text messages intended for him.
“I asked my mom,” Hey, I’m still getting these text messages “- and I was also starting to get phone calls -” for this guy Elon Musk. I don’t know who it is, “said Tucker. “And my mother’s jaw just fell. “
It turns out that Tucker’s cell phone number was previously stored on Musk. Every day, she receives at least three calls or text messages to Musk, whom she has never met.
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If the nonconformist billionaire arouses controversy, as he usually does, his phone explodes with a torrent of messages. (Full disclosure: I contacted Musk during one of these controversies, when he threatened to sue the California county that houses Tesla’s headquarters for its coronavirus restrictions. Instead, I got Tucker .)
However, she accidentally intercepted much more interesting calls than mine. A woman volunteered to go into space with SpaceX. Another person sent a plan for a bionic member. “Which is, # 1, really cool,” said Tucker. “But I have no idea how it is built. “
A South African businessman has requested the purchase of 1,000 trucks. The Internal Revenue Service called about a complicated tax issue.
“I assumed I messed up something,” Tucker said of the call. “It was a huge relief that they weren’t looking for me. “
Former Walt Disney executive John Lasseter texted about the Tesla he bought, calling it “a gorgeous car !!! And add: “Self-driving is a journey!” “
“In fact, I ended up going to the same college as her son,” Tucker said of Lasseter.
“I was able to speak to him and I apologize for never having sent a message to his father,” she said. “We ended up laughing. “
Recently, Jeff Gold, an Atlanta-area inventor who did business with Musk in the 1990s, has written about some research on coronaviruses.
“He gave me his number a long time ago,” said Gold. “I just continued and I found the right number and I am unhappy with my text. “
Public records show that Tucker’s number was once associated with a condo that Musk bought and sold years ago in Palo Alto, California. After Musk got rid of the number, AT&T randomly reassigned it to Tucker. But online, the numbers have taken on a life of their own. It has been reproduced on dozens of websites as Musk’s current figures.
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NPR contacted Musk to find out if he knew about his long-lost number. He replied with a short email.
“Wow,” said Musk. “This number is so old!” I’m surprised he’s still somewhere. “
Some of those who texted Tucker said that Musk himself provided the number. When NPR asked Musk if he had given this number to the people he was trying to dodge, he did not respond.
No matter how people get the number, it’s often up to Tucker to convince them that she’s not Musk.
“They say,” Oh, how do I know you’re not Elon? ” ” she said. “And they suddenly want proof that I’m not himself if they obviously talk to a woman on the phone. “
The incessant calls and texts offer Tucker a rare window into the life of the blazing CEO of technology, a preview she finds “fun.” However, this can sometimes look like a full-time job.
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“Every time I see his name appear in the news, I say to myself” OK, I really have to learn what he said because probably someone will send me a message about it or call me about it, “” said Tucker. said. “Even though I find it funny most of the time, it can get irritating sometimes when it’s like call after call after call. “
Although she intends to keep the number, her ability to answer all of Musk’s calls and texts changes daily. To those who think Musk ignores their calls and texts, Tucker has a message:
” I’m sorry. Sometimes I don’t respond if I have a hard day. So if you don’t have an answer, it’s probably me, not him, “she said. “Don’t feel too disappointed. “