The pilot episode of “Squid Game” sets up the violent premise. It begins with our protagonist, Seong Gi-hun (Lee Jung-jae), receiving the opportunity to play a game to win some money. After succeeding, he receives a business card with a phone number and the promise that he has the chance to win even more money by simply playing some games. For American audiences, it can be easy to gloss over phone numbers featured in movies and TV shows since they usually contain “555” somewhere in there. They’re obviously fake, but that’s not the case with “Squid Game.”
The number in question belongs to Gil-Young Kim, who lives in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea (via Bustle). Ever since the show debuted on Netflix on September 17, he’s been inundated with calls and texts from people punching in the number. He apparently received thousands of calls and texts every single day, and it’s gotten so bad that he’s resorted to taking sleeping pills so that he can slumber as his phone goes off all through the night.
It’s unclear if the team behind “Squid Game” could face any repercussions for wreaking havoc on an innocent man’s life; however, relief may come in a different form. Huh Kyung-young, who’s running for president of South Korea, has offered the man $85,000 to get his hands on the phone number (via South China Morning Post).