Back when you had to actually give the number to the cashier and they would read back the first name to confirm (or maybe it was if multiple accounts were tied to the same number, I'm not sure) I would always use this number with the local area code. Older cashiers would just put the number in and move on, below a certain age threshold they would say "Jenny?" and I would nod.
Or gas loyalty discounts, or really anywhere you need a throw away phone number. It just works. And if you have to deal with a human, especially one over 40 years old, you might get a wry smile, a wink, or even a chuckle.
Fun fact: you can sign up for or just use “rewards” at various stores with this number without a problem. I put it in at Walgreens one time because I was tired and didn’t want to answer questions. Then I tried it a few other places, and celebrated my new “relationship” with Jenny on FB.
My next girlfriend wasn’t pleased to find this after we started getting serious, but that just gave me bonus cackles. She wasn’t too young to remember the song, but definitely didn’t make the connection.
Reminds me of war dialing as a kid and forgetting to exclude the 911 prefix. Cops showed up at my house around 2am, banging on the front door. They weren't happy, to say the least. Good times. Actually, it was maybe a year or two after this song was released. Jenny, Jenny, you're the girl for me.
I came here to post this and should have known someone would beat me to it---I'll just add for others' reference that the suite already had 5309, under the 863 prefix, and when they split the campus all the dorms got switched to 867 en masse, so nobody making decisions ever had to look at the number "867-5309" and think about what would happen. Oops...
Years ago I bought a cell phone number which ended 69696969. I thought it was hilarious. For about a day. Then I realized the number was written on every toilet cubical in the country with "for a good time call: " and the phone never stopped ringing, especially during the night.
The article is wrong for Area Code 757: Danny's Glass (https://www.dannysglass.com/) has had 867-5309 for years. Since the 757 area has not had to dial the Area Code for local calls until the last few weeks, their radio commercials have "sung"the number. I don't know what they'll do now.
Having not even heard of them before seeing this page, I think it's interesting that "Totally 80s Pizza" both has a phone number supporting their marketing, while simultaneously using an 867-5309 number for a purpose that has something to do with the song.
A plumbing company, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, used to have this in one of the toll-free area codes. (They May still.) Never made sense to me, what did Franklin know about plumbing? Benjamin Franklin Electricians would make more sense.
If you want to get mad about people spamming this phone number with fake calls, you're about 40 years too late. The numbers are already spammed to hell; there's hardly any harm in one more call every 6 months to document the phenomenon.
I think the article gives pretty understandable reasoning of why the owners these <400 numbers, of which <100 were actually in service and accepting calls, are ones that are expecting to get called just to see what's on the number. As it explains these numbers are not something given to a random grandma who is going to be bothered by the wasted minute on their phone plan.
I would still find one prank phone call every six months annoying. I get that it's probably a small drop in what the poor people that unintentionally have that number deal with, but it's silly to think the readers would worry about the cost to the caller not the stranger called.
We get that half dozen as what we call 'ghost calls' -- the caller has hung up by the time the outgoing message ends. It might have something to do with my putting SIT tones at the beginning of that outgoing message. If their autodialer doesn't drop the call entirely, it triggers their message, so we hear it start partway through; either way, we know not to pick up.