A small, highly religious town in southwest Louisiana has finally gained the right to change their 666 area code, which they consider a stigma.
For 40 years the town of Reeves, La., has battled to change the phone prefix, but has failed at least four times, Mayor Scott Walker told The Associated Press. But beginning this month, residents and businesses can apply to change their area code from 666 to 749.
â€œThis boils down to, this is a very, very religious community,â€ Walker said, according to AP.
â€œItâ€™s been a black eye for our town, a stigma,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s anything bad on us, just an image.â€
He said whenever he gives people his phone number, they pause and then warn him that he needs to change the prefix.
â€œThatâ€™s what weâ€™re trying to get rid of,â€ he said. â€œThis is a good town â€¦Weâ€™re good Christian people.â€
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.