Okay, so the 13-year-old in Silverado Canyon, CA, didn't actually get a fingerprint transplant operation, but she probably needed one after burning her fingerpads off on 14,528 text messages in December. Reina Hardesty's poor father found out after receiving a 440-page cell phone bill.
Greg Hardesty dodged a huge financial bullet. Journalists don't usually get paid much, and he's a reporter for The Orange County Register. So good for him that he signed up for an unlimited text messaging plan. Otherwise, at 20 cents per message, he would've been on the hook for, like, $2,905.
Though Greg, who seems amazingly level about the whole thing, laughed it off, he did restrict his daughter to limit texting to pre-dinner hours only. That is still an awful lot of prime messaging time, though. For his sake, I hope he stays on the unlimited plan. He'll need to save his pennies for that surgical procedure Reina will undoubtedly need when all her fingerprints get rubbed off on those keypads.