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Jacksonville's Justin Bieber Kicked off Facebook

5:25 PM, Oct 6, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Justin Bieber of Jacksonville has more than his share of problems.

He has been kicked off Facebook, the popular social network website, accused of using a fake name.

He can't sleep at night because his phone rings constantly with fans of the teen pop star on the other end.

And he is inundated with mail.

It's a burden - having the same name as the very popular young singer and teen heartthrob. He has found there's a long list of problems with being Justin Bieber, a resident of a quiet Southside neighborhood.

In reality, the Jacksonville's Bieber is an admitted arcade geek, and collects and plays with pinball machines with friends. He's no singer, but well known singers still have called him.

"Artists saying, 'I am going to be working with you this weekend.' I say, 'no, you're not, you don't want to sing with me,'" said Bieber.

He changed his phone number and put it in his wife's name, but it still was put on a fan website. Now he gets even more calls - sometimes 50 messages in two hours. Usually, he just unplugs the phone.

He also tried to contact Facebook to get reinstated, but it's hard. Bieber had an account for six months, when with no warning or email, his account was disabled.

"I guess their policy is ban first, ask questions never." He was briefly kicked off another social network, Ping, which is affiliated with iTunes. 

He also still gets anywhere from two to 10 fan letters a day.

"It's not so bad," he said. "It does not keep me awake at night, but I feel bad for little girls who want to send messages to their hero and it gets to this (pointing to himself)."

"I wish some of those fan letters had checks made out to Justin Bieber."

There is one plus: People can now pronounce his name.

"Before everyone said Justin Byber," he said. "I do get a lot of giggles when I swipe my card at the store. The usual response is, 'Oh you poor thing.'"

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