The Rogers affair: woman sues telecommunications company after she’s caught cheating on her husband
Consolidating phone bills with Rogers can save money, but, apparently, it can also un-save a marriage. Just ask Gabrielle Nagy, a Toronto woman who is suing the telecommunication behemoth for “ruining her life.”
It’s a classic story. Girl meets boy other than her husband. Girl gets a cellphone under her maiden name in order to maintain a secret affair with boy. Girl’s world comes crashing down when Rogers incorporates girl’s secret phone bill into the monthly statement sent to girl’s “matrimonial home,” thus exposing her cell-terfuge. Husband leaves girl. Girl sues Rogers.
According to the Star:
When Nagy’s husband opened the Rogers invoice, he saw several hour-long phone calls to a single phone number. “Nobody does business this way, and he’s not stupid,” says Nagy, who is in her 30s.
The statement of claim eloquently explains what happened next: “The husband used the previously private and confidential information that the defendant [Rogers] unilaterally disclosed to the husband to inquire about the people that the plaintiff was telephoning and the nature of such calls.” (To paraphrase Justin Timberlake, Nagy didn’t have to say what she did, because her husband already knew—he found out from him.) With that, the husband packed up and left, leaving her alone with their two children and, likely, an unpaid Rogers bill.
While it’s easy to shake one’s head at the idea of blaming Rogers for the disintegration of a marriage that was obviously highly valued, we can’t help but wonder if this signals a business move by Rogers. Is the company getting into the divorce law business? If so, it may have stumbled upon a great way to drum up customers.