PLA Book

This is the page for the PLA audiobook. Each chapter will be read by a different person, many of them somehow related to the PLA. Anyone can read a chapter, though. If you’d like to read one, then do it and send it to [email protected] and it will probably end up on this page. I will allow people to submit chapters that have already been read so that listeners can choose who they want to hear, but for now it’s probably best to pick a chapter that hasn’t been done yet, just so we can have a full audiobook.

Once all the chapters are complete, I’ll paste them all together to form a free audiobook for everyone to download. I might even get it listed on Amazon.com. Or maybe release a few chapters at a time on PLA Radio. For more information about the PLA Audiobook project, here’s a thread in our forums.



Here is a list of chapters that are still available to read. If you don’t own a PLA book, this go buy one. Or maybe try and read the chapter you want to do for free using Amazon’s “view it now” feature.


Chapter 01 – Leaving – Read by Brad Carter A couple of phreaks on a routine trashing run at the phone company central office run into trouble that will change their lives forever.


Chapter 02 – Dino and his Cordless Phone – Read by Nick Walters The classic story of a man using his cordless phone. Zak and RBCP spend a single night harassing Dino and listening to his reactions over a police scanner as he calls his wife and other people to tell them what’s happening. (Thanks for reading this one, Nick!)


Chapter 03 – Fun With Call Forwarding – Read by tabachi This chapter details many of the crazy things a person can do with the phone company’s call forwarding features. Read about the confusion caused at the phone company by forwarding calls, practical jokes we’ve played and our bizarre call forwarding experiments. (Thanks for reading this one, tabachi!)

Chapter 04 – The Fred Meyer Incident – Read by Rappy McRapperson Years ago it was possible to call into any Fred Meyer store in the country and take over the overhead paging system remotely. Once you were connected, you could stay on as long as you wanted to, saying whatever came to your mind for all the shoppers and employees to hear. (Thanks for reading this one, Rappy!)

Chapter 04 – The Fred Meyer Incident – Read by tabachi Here’s another reading of this chapter by tabachi


Chapter 12 – Red Boxing – Read by OhEmGee RBCP learns about red boxing and stealing money from AT&T. (Thanks for reading this one, OhEmGee!)


Chapter 13 – Revenge – Read by NDS711 A few simple acts of revenge turn into a full-time job for RBCP and Zak. Read about the victim who endures daily torture for years. (Thanks for reading this one, NDS711!)


Chapter 18 – Cactus – Read by Evie Cactus is cactus during cactusing of cacti as long as cactusy cactuses are cactus. (Thanks for reading this one, Evie!)

Foreword by Rob Vincent: Rob T Firefly, known by some as Rob Vincent, recounts his personal history of being a phone-obsessed weirdo and tells us how PLA impacted his life a little along the way. NOTE: It’s probably best not to choose this chapter, since RTF will probably do it himself eventually.

Credit Card Fraud: From flying around the country to staying in hotels to satisfying my material needs, there’s not a lot I didn’t try with other people’s credit cards in the 1990’s. Find out how it all began to how it all ended, from the free stuff to the busts that ended it all.

Automated Harassment: Tired of pouring my own time and energy into making harassing calls to people, I completely automated the process by setting up a few websites to do the work for me.

Listening to Cordless Phones: After chasing off all the cordless phone users in my neighborhood with prank calls, I begin assembling a new cordless phone community by giving away cordless phones to all of my neighbors.

History Lesson: Detailing the history of the Phone Losers of America, this chapter tells you how it all began and how far its come over the past two decades.

The Zine: The Phone Losers of America zine is where it all began. This chapter contains a short description of all the original PLA text files, along with some details on how or why they were written.

Homelessness: I spent a lot of time sleeping on sidewalks, in parking lots and in bushes in between my flights around the country.

Wacky Morning DJ: The story of a certain morning radio DJ who had the misfortune to have RBCP as a listener. You’ve heard some of the DJ story from PLA’s podcast, but this chapter gives the complete details of everything that happened, including the hacked AOL and eBay accounts, the piles of phone bills and the emergency operator interrupting of on-air phone calls.

7-Eleven Looting: One thing leads to another during the night shift at 7-Eleven and the next thing you know, we’re stealing all of money from the safe and fleeing the state.

Big Larry: He didn’t think anything would happen when he stole food from other residents of the house he was living in. Read about how wrong Larry was.

eBay Pranks: RBCP’s eBay feedback has been featured on Fark, countless morning radio shows, and even in a book about eBay. Read the feedback and some of the other pranks pulled on eBay users.

McDonald’s Sign Prank: A wooden sign in the parking lot of a McDonald’s becomes the victim of a prank by someone with too much time on his hands.

Boulder News Frenzy: How a national-murder case became the focus of the PLA for over a year, resulting in the closure of a major newspaper’s online forums. And how, 10 years later, this resulted in RBCP being the focus of one man’s murder investigation.

Beige Boxing in Celina: A few dozen phones lines are taken over and evil things are done with them.

Finding A Job: Have you ever wanted a job so badly that you spent months harassing all the other employees into quitting, just so a position would open up? Find out if driving convenience store employees insane, one by one, and causing thousands of dollars in damages in the process will actually work.

Yellow Pages Prank: Have you ever had someone send a pizza to your house? What if they took that prank and completely crossed the line with it, scheduling hundreds of businesses to show up at your door, all at the same time.

Back: After searching all day for a suitable pay phone for red boxing, Alex suddenly finds himself having a bizarre chat with a stranger.

2 Responses

  1. Pete says:

    Hey, great idea doing an audiobook. I love listening to these recordings while driving. Catcus, catcus!

  2. Thor says:

    Where is the Boulder News Frenzy recording?!

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