By: Ivanhoe Newswire
March 12, 2019
LINWOOD, NJ (Ivanhoe Newswire) – A man in New Jersey has received more than 15,000 messages and calls, wishing him a happy birthday.
It’s all thanks to an elaborate prank put together by his sons.
Chris Ferry’s birthday is coming up on March 16. The Linwood, New Jersey man is already receiving well wishes, but the messages are coming from strange numbers.
"Saying happy birthday,” Chris explains. “I said, ‘who's this?’ He said, ‘Nick.’ ‘Nick who?’ ‘You don't know me.’ ‘How do you know it's my birthday?’ ‘I saw it on a billboard.’"
Ferry’s face and phone number are listed on a giant billboard as you drive into Atlantic City.
“Wish my dad happy birthday. Love, your sons,” the billboard reads.
Mike Ferry said, “Just wanted to wish him an extra special birthday."
Chris Ferry said, "I'm getting things like, ‘my father's birthday was the 16th, he passed four years ago, so I'm contacting you in memory of him.’"
Ferry’s two sons, Chris and Mike, who live in Florida, paid for the billboard. It’s a continuation of a childhood prank they would play on their dad at restaurants.
"They would always tell the waiter or waitresses that it's my birthday, even though it wasn't," explains Chris.
Mike says they thought local friends would get a kick out of it, and they did, but so have others around the world.
Chris Ferry added, "It was fun until this morning then I wanted to kill them, but I'm going with it. I'm having a good time. Most of the messages have been, well, two or three that were not nice."
"I just want to say I love my dad. He always puts other people first, especially me and my brother," said Mike.
The billboard will stay up through April 6.