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  • 1 June 2012, 11:41

Taking the P to deter cold callers


A Leicester man has resorted to extreme measures to deter cold calling telephone salesmen - by adding an extra nine 'P's to his name.

Tim Pppppppppprice, 49, explained: "It's pronounced Tim Per-per-per-per-per-per-per-per-per-per-rice

"I like it. I did it to put them off, all these people who keep calling me trying to sell me things I don't want.

"My theory is that when these salesmen see my name on their list of names to call, they'll think: 'Blow that - I can't even pronounce his name, so I won't call him'."

Mr Pppppppppprice, a former RAF man and dispatch rider, said he had no regrets. He now refers to himself as Tim '10p' Price.

It cost 30 to change his name via deed poll and a further 70 to change the name on his passport.

"I've just got my driving licence and passport back. I'm looking forward to the next time I go abroad - it should raise a few eyebrows going through customs," he said.

"It's taken a long time to sort everything out, but I don't regret it. I hope the name acts as fly repellant to those people - and it attracts funny people with a good sense of humour."